Following up on this post, here’s an attempt at trying to put many of the reactions in organic chemistry in perspective, from the standpoint of oxidation state. Note that there’s a lot of gaps – very little on amines, for instance, and no treatment of epoxides or diols – but I hope that people will find this useful. It was very rewarding to put together. Note that a similarly useful chart organizing molecules by oxidation state can be found here and especially check out Adam’s beautiful chart of organic chemistry oxidation states.

Summary Sheet – the Oxidation Ladder

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azmanam

Very nice, well organized, and very well done.

Thanks for the link :)

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Rongson Pongdee

When I try to download Summary Sheet #8, I get an error message. Is it possible that you could look into this? I have found your website full of useful information.

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james

Hm. I don’t get that but I re-did the link. Try it now – if you need to save the file, click on the link and then go to “save as” on your browser.

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anthony

Very well put together. In studying for my diagnostic exams entering graduate school, this sheet is a great refresher.

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james

I’m really happy you find it useful.

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Vicky

Wow!!Simply awesome!!

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Bessie

Hello James,

This is a really nice overview you made. I was wondering if you have something similair for nitrogen compounds? Like how do nitriles, amides, nitro compounds, amines relate to each other and how can they be converted in each other?

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