Thoughts On O-Chem

by James

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Nadia June 4, 2012 at 8:54 am

I am an organic chemistry teacher overseas: in a french speaking area, actually.
I think you’re doing a great job with this site.


Pushkar August 31, 2012 at 4:32 am

Does grignard reagent react with HCN to yield a aldehyde??


james September 4, 2012 at 11:31 pm

No, HCN protonates the Grignard.


anna September 23, 2012 at 7:05 am

yes it surely can..if thr s any othr group other than hydrogen, the one attachd to CN, it leads to formation of ketones..


Megan Cole November 25, 2012 at 11:48 pm

After 2 years in college and starting to lose some of that adrenaline that i first had, you and your website have given me that extra boost I need. Thank you so much!


Patrick C December 5, 2012 at 12:33 pm

I am graduate student in organic chemistry, and I think that your website is quite useful for when I am planning a synthesis or I if I am looking for info a reaction I am little rusty on.


james December 10, 2012 at 2:22 pm

Thank you, I’m glad you find it helpful!


Hriday Buyakar June 24, 2013 at 8:50 am

This one is from resonance theory…

Resonance hybrid is considered as the weighted average of the contributing structures. But , in terms of stability , It is treated as the most stable one…more stable than all the resonating structures. Resonating structures have different stabilities…so…when resonance hybrid is treated as an average , It should be placed behind most stable resonating stucture…but why is that not so ?


Anubhav December 29, 2013 at 12:58 pm

because in hybrid the electon cloud has larger space to be delocalised……not restricted to any particular p- orbital……so electronic repulsion falls drastically leading to increase in stability…..


Joanna November 14, 2013 at 10:11 pm

Do you know any websites that might be helpful for the mechanism of converting toluene into a tropylium cation? I’m having trouble with the rearrangement once I have my benzyl cation.


Charli March 10, 2014 at 6:39 pm

I just started Organic Chemistry I and a question has been bugging me since that first class. Oxygen has 6 valence electrons but when drawing a lewis structure to show the bonds, it has 7. Why???


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