chemistry department - Physical Organic Chemistry
CHEM 4420 Physical Organic Chemistry 3-0-3
Prerequisites: CHEM 3402, CHEM 3802.
A study of the methods used to elucidate organic reaction mechanisms. Topics covered include: reaction kinetics, isotope effects; linear free energy relationships; general acid and base catalysis and the acidity functions; reactive intermediates including free radicals, carbenes, carbanions, and carbocations; symmetry controlled reactions; photochemistry.