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Foothill College Chemistry
Kathleen Armstrong


Welcome to Organic Chemistry at Foothill College!
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You are invited to attend and meet faculty at our third annual STEM Day event, held in the physical science engineering courtyard between buildings 4600 and 4700

1-3pm Wednesday, September 21, 2016

see exciting demonstrations, explore hands-on activities, learn about course offerings and STEM pathways, meet professors, eat homemade liquid nitrogen ice cream, win prizes , t-shirts, and more.

If you are a new student to the campus, please attend the new student orientation from 8:30am to 1pm where a free lunch will be served. For more information and registration, visit

For more information about STEM Day, please contact Sarah Parikh ( or Lori Silverman (


drug imageOrganic Chemistry is the chemistry of carbon-containing molecules and touches most every aspect of modern life. Pharmaceuticals, Polymers like nylon and polyester or plastics, Detergents, agrochemicals, Dyes and paints, Cosmetics, computer chips and new "nano"-materials are just some products that utilize Organic Chemistry.

With such tremendous application, your study of Organic Chemistry is a valuable part of your education in science. We can only hope to make strides in fields like Medicine and Environmental protection through an understanding of the molecular transformations which comprise Organic Chemistry. Throughout this course we will be focusing on the relationship between Structure and Reactivity in order to gain predictive power over the behavior of organic compounds. dye image

This course is challenging, but it is not just about memorizing facts! The number of organic molecules is vast, but fortunately for us, there exist scientific models and repeating themes that make learning Organic Chemistry much easier than it once was.

STUDY SKILLS: How to Succeed in Organic Chemistry






©Kathleen Armstrong Aug, 2015