Ch 18: Organic Chemistry Basics: Help and Review

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The Organic Chemistry Basics chapter of this High School Chemistry Help and Review course is the simplest way to master chemistry. This chapter uses simple and fun videos that are about five minutes long, plus lesson quizzes and a chapter exam to ensure students learn the essentials of basic organic chemistry.

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Students will review:

This chapter helps students review the concepts in the basic organic chemistry unit of a standard high school chemistry course. Topics covered include:

  • Carbon compounds
  • Carbohydrates
  • Functional groups of organic molecules
  • The four groups of proteins
  • Types of organic reactions

20 Lessons in Chapter 18: Organic Chemistry Basics: Help and Review
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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.

Introduction to Organic Molecules I: Functional Groups

2. 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

3. 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

4. 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

5. 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

6. 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

7. 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

8. 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

9. 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.

Carboxyl Group: Definition & Structure

10. Carboxyl Group: Definition & Structure

Without realizing, you may have already encountered a carboxyl group before when drawing his best friend, carboxylic acid. Learn more about the carboxyl group and its formula.

Organic Chemical Reactions: Addition, Substitution, Polymerization & Cracking

11. 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

12. 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.

Acyl Group: Definition & Structure

13. Acyl Group: Definition & Structure

Acyl groups are one of organic chemistry's functional groups. In this lesson we will learn what an acyl group is, examples of acyl group structures, and how they are used in the body.

Acyl Group vs. Alkyl Group

14. Acyl Group vs. Alkyl Group

In this lesson you will learn the difference between an acyl group and an alkyl group, what their structures are, and what specific aspects differentiate the two.

Acyl Group vs. Acetyl Group

15. Acyl Group vs. Acetyl Group

In this lesson, you will learn the similarities and differences between an acyl group and an acetyl group. We will also compare and contrast the structures of each.

Acyl Group vs. Carbonyl Group

16. Acyl Group vs. Carbonyl Group

There are several different types of groups in organic chemistry. In this lesson, we will learn about the acyl and carbonyl group, how they are related and how they are different.

Acetyl Group vs. Ketone

17. Acetyl Group vs. Ketone

In this lesson, you will learn the similarities and differences between an acetyl group and a ketone. We will also compare and contrast the structures of each.

What is an Acetyl Group? - Definition & Structure

18. What is an Acetyl Group? - Definition & Structure

In this lesson, you will learn all about the acetyl group, including what it is, its specific structure, and some of the common molecules that contain it.

Acyl Group: Reactivity & Transfer Reactions

19. Acyl Group: Reactivity & Transfer Reactions

The purpose of this lesson will be to study a functional group of organic chemistry called an acyl group. Our primary points of discussion will include the reactivity of acyl groups and the specific kind of reaction they undergo.

Acyl Phosphate: Definition & Structure

20. Acyl Phosphate: Definition & Structure

What is an acyl phosphate group and how can they be made in the lab? In this lesson, we will be learning about the definition of an acyl phosphate and discussing their general structure.

Chapter Practice Exam
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