Around this time of year I get lots of emails from students who are starting out in organic chemistry but feel that their general chemistry background is weak. The common question I get from them is: “What do I need to know from general chemistry in order to prepare for organic chemistry“?
As much as I might want to say “everything” that is not strictly the case. Not all of the content in a general chemistry course is equally important to organic chemistry. For instance, you won’t have to balance redox equations, and you won’t have to calculate solubility constants or electrochemical potentials. Having a focused list of concepts to study is a valuable thing.
About 2 years ago I started out by making a long list of concepts and skills from general chemistry that often come up in organic chemistry, such as Lewis structures, the octet rule, acidity-basicity, and so on. Then a long series of posts got written as the series “From Gen Chem to Organic Chem“.
Lately there’s been interest in having that series of blog posts written up as a PDF. So I’ve compiled them all together (including hyperlinks) and made an e-book out of it.
If you’d like a copy, it’s available for free. All you have to do is sign up for the mailing list below and you’ll receive a download link in your email inbox. No spam, no B.S. – just links to help you succeed in organic chemistry. – James