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Organic Chemistry

  • Tuesday, May 24, 2016
  • 2:00pm - 4:00pm

It has been said that organic chemistry defines life. In this class, we will learn why this is true. Totally based on carbon — an unobtrusive element neither shiny and expensive like gold, nor magically radioactive like uranium — organic chemistry underlies all of life’s processes. Often viewed as intimidating, this branch of chemistry is actually creative and fun once some basic tools for “speaking organic” are acquired.

This class will give a solid grounding to the student, demystifying the various chemical and molecular structures, names, reactions, and types of organic compounds. Students will also have the chance to perform some basic organic chemistry lab methods. The goal is to prepare students to approach future organic chemistry classes with confidence and curiosity, not dread.

Series Dates: Tuesday, May 17 and Tuesday, May 24.

Program Instructors: Deb Bailey & Christy Flint, Coordinators of the Micro World Investigate Lab, and Bob Alderink, Coordinator of the Natural World Investigate Lab.

Registration information: Fill out online, print and mail the Museum’s Registration Form with payment.

For more information contact Debbie Huston, scheduling coordinator, at 919.707.9840.

Please Note: This program is subject to cancellation if a minimum number of participants is not met. Refunds will only be given if this program is canceled by the Museum. Notice of cancellation will be given via email, at least 72 hours in advance.


  • Fee: $25 for the series ($20 for Friends of the Museum members)
  • Requirements: Minimum age 12 yrs. Parents do not need to attend the lab with their child but do need to remain in the Museum. Prerequisite: Introduction to Chemistry or the equivalent course elsewhere.
  • Cancellation Notice: Refunds only issued if Museum cancels the program.
  • Program Instructor: Deb Bailey and Bob Alderink
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May 24
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
$25 for the series ($20 for Friends of the Museum members)


Micro World Investigate Lab

Nature Research Center

Downtown Raleigh
11 West Jones Street
Raleigh, NC 27601 United States


Debbie Huston