Post Index

by James

An index of posts on “Master Organic Chemistry”

General Chemistry

“General Chemistry and Organic Chemistry: How Are They Different?”

“From Gen Chem to Organic Chem, Part 1: The Atom”

“From Gen Chem to Organic Chem, Part 2: Electrons and Orbitals”

“From Gen Chem to Organic Chem, Part 3: Effective Nuclear Charge”

“From Gen Chem to Organic Chem, Part 4: Chemical Bonding”

“From Gen Chem to Organic Chem, Part 5: Understanding Periodic Trends”

“From Gen Chem to Organic Chem, Part 6: Lewis Structures, A Fable”

“From Gen Chem to Organic Chem, Part 7: Lewis Structures”

“From Gen Chem to Organic Chem, Part 8: Ionic and Covalent Bonding”

“From Gen Chem to Organic Chem, Part 9: Acids and Bases”

“From Gen Chem to Organic Chem, Part 10: Hess’ Law

“From Gen Chem to Organic Chem, Part 11: The Second Law of Thermodynamics”

“From Gen Chem to Organic Chem, Part 12: Chemical Kinetics”

“From Gen Chem to Organic Chem, Part 13: Chemical Equilibria”

“From Gen Chem to Organic Chem, Part 14: Wrapup”

“What Holds the Nucleus Together?”

“Carbon is More Electronegative Than You Think”

“The Marriage Might Be Bad, But the Divorce Still Costs Money”

Organic Chemistry 1

“Nucleophile Attacks Electrophile”

“Molecular Tetris” (understanding melting points and boiling points)

“The Conjugate Base Is Always A Better Nucleophile”

“Selective Versus Specific”

“Bond Dissociation Energies = Homolytic Cleavage”

“Know Your pKas”

“1°, 2°, 3°, 4°”

“9 Useful Nomenclature Conventions to Know”

“A Simple Trick: The R/S Toggle”

“Five Key Factors that Influence Acidity”

“Formal Charge”

“How to Use a pKa Table”

“How Intermolecular Forces Affect Boiling Points”

“Meet the (Most Important) Functional Groups”

“Sigma Bonds Come in Six Varieties: Pi Bonds Come in One”

“The Many, Many Ways of Drawing Butane”

“Two Midterm Problems I Like”

“Trapped in SN1/SN2/E1/E2 Hell? Here’s Some Resources”

“On SN1/SN2/E1/E2 (and NCAA basketball)”

“3 Trends That Affect Boiling Points”

“What’s A Transition State?”

“On Cats, Part 1: Conformations and Configurations”

“On Cats, Part 2: Cat Line Diagrams”

“On Cats, Part 3: Newman Projections”

“On Cats, Part 4: Enantiocats”

“On Cats, Part 5: Enantiocats vs. Diastereocats”

“On Cats, Part 6: Stereocenters”

“On Cats, Part 7: The Fischer Projection”

“On Cats, Part 8: Moe the Meso Cat”

“Org 1 Review Quizzes”

“The Single Swap Rule”

“The Most Annoying Exceptions in Org 1 (Part 1)”

“The Most Annoying Exceptions in Org 1 (Part 2)”

“The Ups And Downs of Cyclohexanes”

“The Three Classes of Nucleophiles”

“Table of Functional Group Priorities for Nomenclature”

“The World’s Cheapest Molecular Model Kit”

“The 8 Types of ‘Arrows, Explained”

“What Makes a Good Leaving Group?”

“Condensed Formulas: Understanding What the Brackets Mean”

“Hidden Hydrogens, Hidden Lone Pairs, Hidden Counterions”

“Partial Charges” 

“Steric Hindrance is Like a Fat Goalie”

“Calculating the Oxidation State of Carbon” 

 

Organic Chemistry 2

“The Power of Acid Catalysis”

“Acids Catalyze Keto-Enol Tautomerism”

“The Magic Wand of Proton Transfer”

“Keto-Enol Tautomerism: Key Points”

“Carbonyl Chemistry: 10 Key Concepts (Part 1)”

“Carbonyl Chemistry: 10 Key Concepts (Part 2)”

“Breaking Down Carbonyl Mechanisms. Anionic Nucleophiles, Part 1″

“Breaking Down Carbonyl Mechanisms. Anionic Nucleophiles, Part 2″

“Neutral Nucleophiles in Carbonyl Chemistry, Part I – Overview”

“Neutral Nucleophiles in Carbonyl Chemistry, Part II – Acid Catalysis”

“Neutral Nucleophiles in Carbonyl Chemistry, Part III – Proton Transfers Can Be Tricky”

“Neutral Nucleophiles in Carbonyl Chemistry, Part IV – The [1,2]-Elimination”

“Neutral Nucleophiles in Carbonyl Chemistry, Part V – Imines and Enamines”

“Neutral Nucleophiles in Carbonyl Chemistry, Part VI – On Acetals and Hemiacetals”

“Neutral Nucleophiles in Carbonyl Chemistry, Part VII – The Acid Catalyzed Aldol”

“How Reactions Are Like Music”

“What to Expect in Organic Chemistry 2″

“Putting Diels-Alder Products in Perspective”

Three Factors Which Destabilize Carbocations

“Three Factors That Stabilize Carbocations”

“Are These Molecules Conjugated?”

“Carbonyl Chemistry: Anionic versus Neutral Nucleophiles”

“Carbonyl Chemistry: Learn Six Mechanisms for the Price of One”

“Common Mistakes: Don’t Forget that Carboxylic Acids… are Acids!”

“Simplifying the Reactions of Carboxylic Acid Derivatives (1)”

Summary Sheets

“Summary Sheet #1: Additions to Carbonyls”

“Summary Sheet #2: Enols and Enolates”

“Summary Sheet #3: Reactions of Carbonyls: The Big Picture”

“Summary Sheet #4: Additions to Alkenes”

“Summary Sheet #5: 9 Key Mechanisms in Carbonyl Chemistry”

“Summary Sheet #6: Alkane Nomenclature”

“Summary Sheet #7: 21 Carbonyl Mechanisms on One Page”

“Summary Sheet: Introduction to Reactivity and Nomenclature”

Study and Exam Tips

“Organic Chemistry Exam Tips: Number Your Carbons!” 

“Organic Chemistry Study Tips: Learn the Trends”

“Organic Chemistry Study Tips: Reframe Answers as Questions”

“Organic Chemistry Study Tips: Quick Wins”

“Organic Chemistry Study Tips: Super-Detailed Advice”

“Don’t Just Bring Your Model Kit – USE it!”

“Commitment is More Important Than Intelligence”

“Electronegativity Mnemonic”

“Common Mistakes: Pentavalent Carbon”

“Gunner’s Revenge”

“How to do well in Organic Chemistry: Collected Advice”

“Make All The Necessary Mistakes As Quickly As Possible”

“The Meso Trap”

“How To Do Well in Organic Chemistry – One Student’s Advice”

“Where Memorization Helps in O-Chem”

“Learning Vs. Memorization”

“Draw the Ugly Version First”

Miscellaneous

“Is Orgo Hard?”

“The Six Categories of Knowledge in Organic Chemistry”

“Ephedrine and Pseudoephedrine”

“Some Perspective on a Career in Medicine”

“I Hate This Damn Course”

“Why Is It That I Spend All This Time Studying and Still Don’t Feel Like I Learn Anything?”

Why Organic Chemistry is Hard (1)”

“Why Organic Chemistry is Hard (2)”

“The Six Pillars of Organic Chemistry”

“The Power of Laziness”

“How Simplicity Breeds Complexity in Organic Chemistry”

“10 Years in Organic Chemistry”

“Levels of Mastery”

“The Dark Arts of Organic Chemistry”

“A Common Blind Spot: Intramolecular Reactions” 

 

Reagents

The Reagent Guide is Here!

Chromic Acid (H2CrO4)

N-Bromo Succinimide (NBS)

m-Chloroperoxybenzoic acid (mCPBA)

Tosyl Chloride (TsCl) and Mesyl Chloride (MsCl)

Osmium Tetroxide (OsO4)

Borane (BH3)

Aluminum Chloride (AlCl3)

 

 

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