Nucleophile attacks Electrophile

Nucleophile attacks Electrophile

April 1, 2010

Pretty much every reaction in organic chemistry boils down to “nucleophile attacks electrophile”.

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Summary Sheet: Additions to Carbonyls

Summary Sheet: Additions to Carbonyls

March 31, 2010

I put together this summary sheet for the reaction of nucleophiles with carbonyls (click for larger image, see link to downloadable PDF below). It summarizes the two key concepts that are important to understand for t…

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Some Perspective

Some Perspective

March 16, 2010

For all of those thinking about med school: organic chemistry is not hard. . Complex? Yes. Challenging? Of course. A lot of facts and concepts to memorize and understand? Absolutely. But it’s not hard. ……

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A simple trick: The (R)-(S) Toggle

A simple trick: The (R)-(S) Toggle

March 13, 2010

Instead of redrawing the whole molecule, just leave the hydrogen (or other 4th ranked substituent) in front and figure out whether the substituents ranked 1,2, and 3 go clockwise or counterclockwise. Then toggle (i.…

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Carbon is More Electronegative Than You Think

March 7, 2010

Electronegativity is one of the most useful concepts in chemistry. What makes it great is its simplicity: like GPA, it is a single number that gives an immediate mental impression of an element’s personality.

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Welcome to  “Orgo Hacks”

Welcome to “Orgo Hacks”

February 18, 2010

Cal Newport’s excellent blog, “Study Hacks”, inspired me to think about the problem of how to learn things in the most efficient manner possible. To many students, my field of organic chemistry (or &…

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