Ch 7: WEST Chemistry: Inorganic & Organic Compounds

About This Chapter

These lessons will help you prepare for questions on the WEST-E: Chemistry exam about IUPAC, organic and inorganic macromolecules and molecules, and isomers.

WEST Chemistry: Inorganic & Organic Compounds - Chapter Summary

Learn from our professional instructors in this series of short, engaging lessons as you study the role of the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) along with the different types of inorganic and organic compounds. The lessons could prepare you for questions on the Washington Education Skill Tests - Endorsements (WEST-E): Chemistry exam related to:

  • IUPAC
  • Intramolecular bonding
  • Identifying organic and inorganic macromolecules
  • Functional groups of organic molecules
  • Alkanes, alkenes, and aromatic hydrocarbons
  • Structural, geometric, and optical isomers

Lesson quizzes are featured in this chapter. They allow you to discover any topics you need to review further. You can review the material as often as needed to facilitate your understanding of inorganic and organic compounds. If you find yourself having a problem understanding a topic, be sure to ask instructors for assistance by using the Dashboard feature.

WEST Chemistry: Inorganic & Organic Compounds Objectives

The state of Washington uses the WEST-E: Chemistry exam to certify chemistry teachers. In this computer-based certification exam, test-takers are asked to complete 110 multiple-choice questions in a two-hour and 30-minute testing session. When you take this exam, you'll find that 26% of these questions will be about energy and chemical bonding, and they may include some questions about the structures of inorganic and organic compounds.

7 Lessons in Chapter 7: WEST Chemistry: Inorganic & Organic Compounds
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Overview of the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry

1. Overview of the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry

The International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry is an important organization within the chemistry world. In this lesson we will go over what this organization does and why it is important.

Intramolecular Bonding and Identification of Organic and Inorganic Macromolecules

2. Intramolecular Bonding and Identification of Organic and Inorganic Macromolecules

Understand what a macromolecule is and be able to identify both organic and inorganic macromolecules. Organic molecules include proteins, lipids, carbohydrates and nucleic acids.

Organic Molecules: Alkanes, Alkenes, Aromatic Hydrocarbons and Isomers

3. 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.

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.

Structural Isomers: Definition & Examples

5. Structural Isomers: Definition & Examples

Molecular formulas don't always tell us how the atoms are arranged within a molecule. When one formula can lead us to different arrangements of atoms, the results are referred to as structural isomers, examples of which we'll explore in this lesson.

Geometric Isomers: Definition & Examples

6. Geometric Isomers: Definition & Examples

This lesson provides a definition of geometric isomers, explains how they arise, and how to identify them. In addition to basic examples from chemistry, the lesson shares more complex examples from biochemistry to show how prevalent and vital geometric isomers are.

Optical Isomers: Definition & Examples

7. Optical Isomers: Definition & Examples

Isomers are molecules that are the same...yet different. The difference might be in the structure, or it might be in the three-dimensional arrangement. In this lesson, you'll learn about one specific type of isomer that falls into the latter category, the optical isomer.

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