Chemical Bonds

Maybe they should call them, “Formal Wins” ?

Maybe they should call them, “Formal Wins” ?August 15, 2014

In April of this year, Braves reliever Luis Avilan came in with a 5-1 lead in the 8th inning. Eight batters later, he’d given up five runs, blowing the lead. Thankfully for him, the Braves came back in the top of th…

Elimination Reactions (2): Zaitsev’s Rule

Elimination Reactions (2): Zaitsev’s RuleAugust 31, 2012

So far, we’ve only looked at some very simple elimination reactions. In this post we’ll look at some examples where we start to see some of the extra “wrinkles” that can be present in eliminati…

Walkthrough of Substitution Reactions (1) – Introduction

Walkthrough of Substitution Reactions (1) – IntroductionMay 31, 2012

Today starts a new series of posts on walking through one of the key classes of reaction in organic chemistry: substitution reactions. The goal of this series is to teach you:  How to recognize substitution reactions…

Acid Base Reactions Are Fast

Acid Base Reactions Are FastMay 21, 2012

Common dilemma in organic chemistry as you move through the latter parts of Org 1 and then into Org 2: When more than one reaction is possible, how do you know which one will happen? In a steel cage match between an a…

Walkthrough of Acid Base Reactions (1)

Walkthrough of Acid Base Reactions (1)April 11, 2012

Now that we’ve described how to figure out where the electrons are in a molecule,  the factors that stabilize negative charge and positive charge, and gone into the curved arrow formalism for reactions, we̵…

The Second Most Important Question to Ask When Learning A New Reaction

The Second Most Important Question to Ask When Learning A New ReactionNovember 9, 2011

So once you can recognize the key bonds that are forming and breaking in a chemical reaction, the second most important question to ask yourself when learning a new reaction is “how do the electrons move?”…

Introduction to Oxidative Cleavage Reactions

Introduction to Oxidative Cleavage ReactionsNovember 1, 2011

The four posts on acid-base, substitution, addition, and elimination covered the 4 main reactions in organic chemistry I. In this second series of posts we go beyond these to introduce a few of the less common (…

Introduction to Elimination Reactions

Introduction to Elimination ReactionsOctober 10, 2011

As  part 4 of the most important reactions you learn in org 1, (acid-base, substitution, and addition) here’s an introduction to the elimination reaction. This series requires that you understand how to read li…

Introduction to Addition Reactions

Introduction to Addition ReactionsOctober 3, 2011

Following up on the 4 most important reactions you learn in Org 1, and the posts on acid-base and substitution reactions, here’s the third in the series: addition reactions. You’ll have to know line diagra…

Introduction to Nucleophilic Substitution Reactions

Introduction to Nucleophilic Substitution ReactionsSeptember 26, 2011

Following up on the 4 most important patters of reactions in Org 1, and introduction to acid-base reactions, here’s the second major pattern. It’s called nucleophilic substitution. I won’t go into nu…