Ch 15: Organic Chemistry - AP Chemistry: Homeschool Curriculum

About This Chapter

The Organic Chemistry unit of this AP Chemistry Homeschool course is designed to help homeschooled students learn about the basics of organic chemistry. Parents can use the short videos to introduce topics, break up lessons and keep students engaged.

Who's it for?

This unit of our AP Chemistry Homeschool course will benefit any student who is trying to learn about organic chemistry. There is no faster or easier way to learn about chemistry. Among those who would benefit are:

  • Students who require an efficient, self-paced course of study to learn about lipids, proteins, carbohydrates, organic molecules and amino acids.
  • Homeschool parents looking to spend less time preparing lessons and more time teaching.
  • Homeschool parents who need a chemistry curriculum that appeals to multiple learning types (visual or auditory).
  • Gifted students and students with learning differences.

How it works:

  • Students watch a short, fun video lesson that covers a specific unit topic.
  • Students and parents can refer to the video transcripts to reinforce learning.
  • Short quizzes and an Organic Chemistry unit exam confirm understanding or identify any topics that require review.

Organic Chemistry Unit Objectives:

  • Review the definition and significance of organic chemistry.
  • Understand the differences between organic molecules, such as isomers and alkanes.
  • Learn how to draw isomers.
  • Identify molecules, such as ketones, esters and alcohols, when the functional group is present.
  • Get a basic overview of functional groups.
  • Examine polymers and monomers.
  • See the structure and function of carbohydrates.
  • Review lipids' purpose and makeup.
  • Understand the basic function and structure of proteins.
  • Explore the 20 amino acids.
  • Review the connection among peptide bonds, amino acids and polymerization.
  • Look at the multiple levels of a protein, from the primary to quaternary.
  • See what happens during organic reactions.

14 Lessons in Chapter 15: Organic Chemistry - AP Chemistry: Homeschool Curriculum
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Organic Chemistry & the Study of Carbon Compound Life Forms

1. Organic Chemistry & the Study of Carbon Compound Life Forms

Organic chemistry is the study of carbon-containing compounds. This lesson will explore why carbon is such an important element, and how organic chemistry is related to your life.

Organic Molecules: Alkanes, Alkenes, Aromatic Hydrocarbons and Isomers

2. Organic Molecules: Alkanes, Alkenes, Aromatic Hydrocarbons and Isomers

Learn more about carbon and hydrogen and see how these atoms come together to form distinct molecules. Also, study the difference between saturated and unsaturated molecules.

Drawing Isomers of Organic Molecules: Practice Problems

3. Drawing Isomers of Organic Molecules: Practice Problems

Sometimes things that look the same are actually quite different, and we find this to be true with isomers. In this lesson, you'll learn about different types of isomers and how even small changes can make a big difference.

Functional Groups in Organic Molecules

4. Functional Groups in Organic Molecules

Learn what an organic compound is and how their functional groups affect them. Identify the different types of functional groups including alcohols, alkyl halides, ketones, aldehydes, ethers, carboxylic acids and esters.

Introduction to Organic Molecules I: Functional Groups

5. Introduction to Organic Molecules I: Functional Groups

If you've ever wondered what gives vinegar that sour flavor, you may not realize that you have contemplated functional groups. View this lesson for an introduction to organic chemistry, functional groups and how they are part of your daily life.

Introduction to Organic Molecules II: Monomers and Polymers

6. Introduction to Organic Molecules II: Monomers and Polymers

From everyday man-made items like milk jugs and styrofoam to natural proteins and plant materials, the world is full of polymers! Check out this lesson to learn how polymers are constructed on a molecular level.

Structure and Function of Carbohydrates

7. Structure and Function of Carbohydrates

Carbohydrates are found in many foods that we eat and may be found as sugars, starches, or fiber. Learn more about these three distinct types of carbohydrates, and how they are distinguished through their chemical structures in this lesson.

Structure and Function of Lipids

8. Structure and Function of Lipids

Molecules called lipids have long hydrocarbon chains that determine the way they act. They can be fats, oils, or hormones, and even exist in our cell membranes. Learn more about the chemical structure and biological function of various lipids in this lesson.

Proteins I: Structure and Function

9. Proteins I: Structure and Function

We need our proteins, not just as a major food group but for the many useful roles that they play in our bodies. In our introductory lesson to proteins, you'll learn about the many functions we rely on them to perform.

Proteins III: Structure and Characteristics of the 20 Amino Acids

10. Proteins III: Structure and Characteristics of the 20 Amino Acids

How do amino acids form the intricate polypeptide chains found in proteins? It's a matter of chemistry. Join glycine, a special amino acid, as she sizes up the other amino acids.

Proteins II: Amino Acids, Polymerization and Peptide Bonds

11. Proteins II: Amino Acids, Polymerization and Peptide Bonds

In this lesson, we'll take a deeper look at amino acids. You'll learn what makes a peptide, and what separates a protein from other kinds of amino acid bonds.

Proteins IV: Primary, Secondary, Tertiary and Quaternary Structure

12. Proteins IV: Primary, Secondary, Tertiary and Quaternary Structure

How is progressing through higher order protein structures like crafting an essay? In this lesson, you'll explore everything from quaternary structures to denaturation as we show how the different structures are intertwined.

Organic Chemical Reactions: Addition, Substitution, Polymerization & Cracking

13. Organic Chemical Reactions: Addition, Substitution, Polymerization & Cracking

Organic molecules can combine, swap atoms, break apart and even make more of themselves. In this lesson, we will explore several organic reactions with examples.

Organic Chemical Reactions: Redox, Esterification & Fermentation

14. Organic Chemical Reactions: Redox, Esterification & Fermentation

There are many different types of reactions that occur in organic chemistry. This lesson will highlight three reactions, explaining which organic molecules are the reactants and which are the products, as well as what occurs during the reaction.

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