Ch 17: Physical Science - Intro to Organic Chemistry: Help and Review

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The Intro to Organic Chemistry chapter of this High School Physical Science Help and Review course is the simplest way to master basic organic 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 organic chemistry.

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Anyone who needs help learning or mastering high school physical science material will benefit from taking this course. There is no faster or easier way to learn high school physical science. Among those who would benefit are:

  • Students who have fallen behind in understanding functional groups in organic chemistry, such as alcohols, halides, amines, ethers, esters and carbonyl-containing, or describing types of proteins and their functions
  • Students who struggle with learning disabilities or learning differences, including autism and ADHD
  • Students who prefer multiple ways of learning science (visual or auditory)
  • Students who have missed class time and need to catch up
  • Students who need an efficient way to learn about basic organic chemistry
  • Students who struggle to understand their teachers
  • Students who attend schools without extra science learning resources

How it works:

  • Find videos in our course that cover what you need to learn or review.
  • Press play and watch the video lesson.
  • Refer to the video transcripts to reinforce your learning.
  • Test your understanding of each lesson with short quizzes.
  • Verify you're ready by completing the Intro to Organic Chemistry chapter exam.

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  • Study Efficiently: Skip what you know, review what you don't.
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Students will review:

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

  • Organic molecules: functional groups, monomers and polymers
  • Carbohydrates
  • Lipids
  • Proteins
  • Amino acids, polymerization and peptide bonds
  • Primary, secondary, tertiary and quaternary structure of proteins
  • Aromatic hydrocarbons
  • Aliphatic hydrocarbons
  • Hydrocarbon derivatives
  • Synthetic polymers
  • Organic reactions

17 Lessons in Chapter 17: Physical Science - Intro to Organic Chemistry: Help and Review
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Introduction to Organic Molecules I: Functional Groups

1. 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

2. 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

3. 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

4. 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

5. 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

6. 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

7. 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

8. 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.

Aromatic Hydrocarbons: Definition, Examples & Uses

9. Aromatic Hydrocarbons: Definition, Examples & Uses

Learn about aromatic hydrocarbons, what they are and how they got their name. Understand what makes this class of chemicals so special. Learn some examples of aromatic hydrocarbons and the various ways they are used.

Aliphatic Hydrocarbons: Definition & Properties

10. Aliphatic Hydrocarbons: Definition & Properties

Learn about aliphatic hydrocarbons and discover where you can find these types of compounds in everyday life. Understand the definition and properties of aliphatic hydrocarbons.

Hydrocarbon Derivatives: Definition & Properties

11. Hydrocarbon Derivatives: Definition & Properties

In this lesson, you'll learn what it means to be a hydrocarbon derivative. In the process, you'll compare them to regular hydrocarbons. By the end you will have discovered some general properties of hydrocarbon derivatives.

Synthetic Polymers: Definition & Examples

12. Synthetic Polymers: Definition & Examples

Discover the chemistry behind some of the most popular and useful compounds ever made: synthetic polymers. Encounter some cool and common examples as you learn about the structures of these versatile compounds.

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.

What is Acetone? - Structure, Uses & Formula

15. What is Acetone? - Structure, Uses & Formula

Acetone is a common solvent that is present in nail polish remover, and it can be identified due to its distinctive smell. Aside from its use in nail polish remover, acetone has many other uses. In this lesson, we will discuss acetone's formula, uses, and structure.

What is Toluene? - Structure, Uses & Formula

16. What is Toluene? - Structure, Uses & Formula

If you have ever painted a wall, then you have encountered toluene. Toluene is a chemical compound we use more often than we think. In this lesson, we will be learning all about toluene, including its many uses, formula, and chemical structure.

What is Protein? - Definition, Function, Benefits & Sources

17. What is Protein? - Definition, Function, Benefits & Sources

In this lesson, you'll learn about the primary structure, function, and sources of protein molecules while exploring some real-world examples and illustrations.

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
Test your knowledge of the entire course with a 50 question practice final exam.
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