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Organic Chemistry--Week 2 Material

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Here are the notes from week 2 of class. They include all of Chapter 2 and most of Chapter 3.
Organic Chemistry
Paul Bracher
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Organic Chemistry—Week 2 Material Chapter 2: Acids and Bases Section 2.1: Bronsted-Lowry Acids and Bases • Bronsted-Lowry acid: a proton donor, must contain a hydrogen atom (HA) o Net charge may be 0, ( - ), or ( + ) • Bronsted-Lowry base: a proton acceptor, must be able to form a bond to a proton o Must contain an “available” electron pair o Includes lone pairs and pi bonds o Net charge may be 0 or ( - ) o Usually do not protonate sigma bonds • Salts: a combination of charged species such as OH- and NH2- and cations such as LI+, Na+, or K+ to balance the negative charge • Counterions: cations that balance the negative charge of anions in a salt (aka “spectator ions”) ü Morphine: an addictive pain reliever that can act as both a Bronsted-Lowry acid and base because it contains many hydrogen atoms, but also has lone pairs on O and N, and four pi bonds • Means  definition   ü Means  notes     Section 2.2: Reactions of Bronsted-Lowry Lowry Acids and Bases ü A Bronsted-Lowry acid-base reaction results in transfer of a proton from an acid to a base ü In an acid-base reaction, one bond is broken and one is formed o The electron pair of the base forms a new bond to the proton of the acid o The acid loses a proton, leaving the electron pair in the H—A bond on A o A bond MUST be present for an acid to give off a proton ü Loss of a proton from an acid forms its conjugate base. ü Gain of a proton by a base forms its conjugate acid. ü Electron-rich species react with electron-deficient species!!! ü When only one starting material contains a hydrogen, it must be an acid. If only one starting material has a lone pair or a pi bond, it must be a base. ü A starting material with a net positive charge is usually the acid. A starting material with a negative charge is usually the base. Section 2.3: Acid Strength and pKa ü Acid strength is the tendency of an acid to donate a proton. o The more readily a compound donates a proton, the stronger the acid • Means  definition   ü Means  notes     ü Acidity constant (Ka): o The stronger the acid, the further the equilibrium lies to the right, and the larger the Ka. o The smaller the pKa, the stronger the acid o Ka and pKa are inversely proportional ü An inverse relationship exists between acidity and basicity. ü pKa provides useful information: o The relative acidity of 2 acids o The relative basicity of the 2 acids’ conjugate bases Section 2.4: Predicting the Outcome of Acid-Base Reactions ü Equilibrium always favors formation of the weaker acid or base. o However, the system is still dynamic at equilibrium, so equilibria should always be considered in BOTH directions. o Just because one side is favored doesn’t mean there isn’t some of the less-favored present. ü An acid can be deprotonated by the conjugate base of any acid having a higher pKa o Can convert neutral atom to an ion o Look at pKa values to determine the strength of acids, and therefore which the reaction favors. § Exploiting pKa differences allows us to control what molecules are soluble in what phases. • Means  definition   ü Means  notes     Section 2.5: Factors That Determine Acid Strength ü Anything that stabilizes a conjugate base makes the starting acid more acidic. ü 4 Factors That Affect the Acidity of H—A: o Element effects § Conjugate bases where negative charge is placed on a more electronegative element tend to be favored. o Inductive effects o Electronegative elements tend to be stabilized near negative charge. o Resonance effects o Delocalization of charge by a resonance effect tends to stabilize o Hybridization effects: o S orbitals tend to place electron density closer to the nucleus (which is more stable) than p orbitals ü The more stable the conjugate base, the more acidic the acid. ü Across a period, the acidity of HA increases as the electronegativity of A increases. ü Positive or negative charge is stabilized when it is spread over a larger volume. ü Down group, the acidity of H—A increases as the size of A increases. o Size is more important than electronegativity. ü The identity of A is the most important factor in determining the acidity of the H—A bond. o The most acidic proton in a compound is the one removed first by a base. • Inductive effect: the pull of electron density through sigma bonds caused by electronegativity differences of nearby atoms ü More electronegative atoms stabilize regions of high electron density by an electron-withdrawing inductive effect. • Means  definition   ü Means  notes     ü The acidity of H—A increases with the presence of electron- withdrawing groups in A. ü The acidity of H—A increases when the conjugate base is resonance stabilized. ü The higher the percent s-character of the hybrid orbital, the more stable to conjugate base. Section 2.6: Common Acids and Bases ü Organic Acidsà o Acetic acid o P-toluenesulfonic acid (TsOH) • Means  definition   ü Means  notes     ü Organic Basesà o Butyllithium o Pyridine o Triethylamine Section 2.7: Aspirin • Sacilylates: a well known group of compounds that includes aspirin ü Aspirin is a synthetic compound. • Means  definition   ü Means  notes     Section 2.8: Lewis Acids and Bases • Lewis acid: an electron pair acceptor o Means the molecule must possess an empty, energetically- accessible orbital • Lewis base: an electron pair donor o Structurally the same as Bronsted-Lowry bases o Must have lone pairs or pi bonds ü All Bronsted-Lowry acids are also Lewis acids, but the reverse is not always true. ü Electron-rich species react with electron-deficient species. ü A Lewis acid is also called an electrophile. ü When a Lewis base reacts with an electrophile other than a proton, the Lewis base is called a nucleophile. • Means  definition   ü Means  notes     Chapter 3: Introduction to Organic Molecules and Functional Groups 3.1: Functional Group • Heteroatoms: atoms other than carbon or hydrogen o Generally have higher electronegativity • Functional group: an atom or a group of atoms with characteristic chemical and physical properties o The reactive part of the molecule o Functional groups on different molecules tend to behave similarly o Molecules usually have multiple functional groups ü Heteroatoms have lone pairs and create electron-deficient sites on carbon. • Carbon backbone: (or skeleton) the C—C and C—H sigma bond framework that makes up the skeleton of an organic molecule (“R”); bonded to the functional groups o A C bonded to something else • Hydroxy group: a functional group, OH • Means  definition   ü Means  notes     • Alkane: an aliphatic hydrocarbon having only C—C and C—H sigma bonds o This is an example of an alkane, not the only molecule. • Alcohol: a compound having the general structure ROH, a hydroxyl group (OH) bonded to an sp3 hybridized carbon atom Section 3.2: An Overview of Functional Groups • Hydrocarbons: compounds made up of only the elements carbon and hydrogen o Aliphatic hydrocarbons § Alkanes: have only C—C sigma bonds and no functional group (maximum number of hydrogens)(saturated) § Alkenes: have a C—C double bond as a functional group (unsaturated) § Alkynes: have a C—C triple bond as a functional group (unsaturated) o Aromatic hydrocarbons: a planar, cyclic organic compound that has p orbitals on all rings and a total of 4n and 2 pi electrons in the orbitals • Means  definition   ü Means  notes     ü A functional group determines all of the following properties of a molecule: ü Name ü Bonding and shape ü Type and strength of intermolecular forces ü Physical properties ü Chemical reactivity Section 3.3: Intermolecular Forces • Intermolecular forces: the interactions that exist between molecules o Functional groups present determine type and strength of these interactions ü Ionic compounds contain oppositely charged particles held together by extremely strong electrostatic interactions ü Ion-ion interactions ü Strongest intermolecular forces ü “Opposites attract” • Van der Waals forces: very weak interaction caused by the momentary changes in electron density in a molecule o Include dipole-dipole, dipole-induced dipole, and induced dipole- induced dipole o Only in nonpolar compounds • London forces: attractive forces arising from induced dipoles that form when molecules approach each other o Also called dispersion forces • Means  definition   ü Means  notes     o NOT interchangeable with Van der Waals forces, though London forces are a type of Van der Waals forces o Typically weak ü The larger the surface area, the larger the attractive force between two molecules, and the stronger the intermolecular forces ü More space to come in contact with electrons • Polarizability: a measure of how the electron cloud around an atom responds to changes in its electronic environment o Measure of its susceptibility to the inducement of momentary dipoles ü Larger atoms, which have more loosely held valence electrons, are more polarizable than smaller atoms, which have more tightly held electrons. • Dipole-dipole interactions: the attractive forces between the permanent dipoles of two polar molecules o Tend to be strong o More polar = stronger bond • Hydrogen bonding: when a hydrogen atom is bonded to O, N, or F is electrostatically attracted to a lone pair on an O, N, or F in another molecule o A strong dipole-dipole interaction o Strongest besides ion-ion interactions Section 3.4: Physical Properties • Boiling point: the temperature at which a liquid is converted to a gas o Must overcome boiling point for conversion to occur o The temperature where its vapor pressure equals the atmospheric pressure ü The stronger the intermolecular forces, the higher the boiling point § Ionic compounds, therefore, have very high boiling point § For covalent molecules, the boiling point depends of the identity of the functional group ü The larger the surface area, the higher the boiling point. • Means  definition   ü Means  notes     ü The more polarizable the atoms, the higher the boiling point. ü Liquids having different boiling points can be separated in the lab using a distillation apparatus. • Melting point: the temperature at which a solid is converted to its liquid phase ü The stronger the intermolecular forces, the higher the melting point. o More energy (heat) is required to overcome stronger intermolecular forces between molecules in the crystal lattice. ü Given the same functional group, the more symmetrical the compound, the higher the melting point. • Solubility: the extent to which a compound (solute) dissolves in a liquid (solvent) to form a homogeneous solution ü “Like dissolves like”: compounds dissolve in solvents having similar kinds of intermolecular forces ü Most organic solvents are either nonpolar or weakly polar. o Most ionic compounds are soluble in water, but are in soluble in organic solvents. • Ion-dipole interactions: when ionic compounds dissolve in polar solvents ü An organic compound is water soluble ONLY if it contains one polar functional group capable of hydrogen bonding with the solvent for every 5 carbon atoms it contains. • Miscible: when two compounds form solutions in all proportions with each other • Hydrophobic: water-fearing o The nonpolar part of a molecule that is not attracted to water • Hydrophilic: water-loving o The polar part of a molecule that can hydrogen bond to water • Means  definition   ü Means  notes     Section 3.5: Application: Vitamins • Vitamins: organic compounds needed in small amounts for normal sell function o Cannot be synthesized by our bodies, so they must be obtained in the diet • Fat soluble: dissolves in organic media • Water soluble: dissolves in water • Vitamin A: (retinol) an essential component of the vision receptors in the eyes o Water insoluble o Soluble in any organic medium o Very hydrophobic o Stored in fatty tissue • Vitamin C: a vitamin that the body can synthesize, that is known as a deterrent for all kinds of diseases o Water soluble o Hydrophilic o Excreted quickly • Means  definition   ü Means  notes    


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