Getting Started

by James

Just starting out in organic chemistry? Thinking about taking the course? Just want to know what it’s about? Here’s a list of resources for getting started in organic chem.

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Nandini December 22, 2011 at 4:42 pm

thanks for all this…..specially some posts on basics and the one with the steven hardinger video reference….helped me alot
i wanted to ask this….
1. if an atom forms a bond with some atom of different element,say
C-O ,then since O attracts elec more ,can we say tht it now it has less electronegativity compared to only O???
2. in a tertiary carbon why do electrons get pushed towards the central C,is it because of the presence of some other group,say OH or +ve charge(carbocation) or would it still occur if they were not attached…??

Sayan Roy December 26, 2011 at 12:41 pm

Actually if we go right from left by periods in periodic table, electronegativity increases.This is due to smaller size of atom which is held up tightly.

simrandeep bahal May 18, 2013 at 2:03 pm

No, we can’t say this because electronegativity is the phenomenon in which an atom has the tendency to attract shared pair of electrons in a covalent bond towards itself. O is having shortage of electrons ( or it is very unstable ) due to which it combines with other O atom to exist as a Diatomic molecule.

shazia shamim March 24, 2012 at 9:03 am

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Gosia April 10, 2013 at 10:33 am

Thank you a lot! I was studying organic chemistry on my first study year and now I need repeat to my diplomma. So, I am really thankful to you.

Amy January 5, 2014 at 5:25 pm

THANK YOU so much for your website! I wish I had known about this site when I was enrolled in ORG1! As it stands, I am about to start Organic II next week after almost two years completion of Organic I. I am in serious need of review and understanding! You have an amazing collection of work here, and I can’t thank you enough. I know it will be a great help to me this semester.

Edward February 4, 2014 at 11:07 am

I only discovered this website today and only use it as a personal hobby to review some concept that I kind of forgot after having a degree in biochemistry 10 years ago.

Didn’t work out to be a professor? So what?
By making such fantastic website, you could easily teach more students than a regular professor in one semester. On top of that, you gain respect and love from all over the world (of course, only the ones who can read English).

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