This is a far from comprehensive list. If you see something missing, email me. I don’t earn any money from recommending these sites.
- Coursera has a course on Organic Chemistry 1 by Dr. Jeffrey Moore of UCIC. Highly recommended. Note – this doesn’t seem to be offered right now.
- Academic Earth has “Organic Chemistry – Structure and Reactivity” by UC Berkeley professor Peter C. Vollhardt.
- UC Irvine OCW (Second semester organic chemistry topics)
- Youtube has a complete set of lectures on Organic Reactions and Pharmaceuticals (Chem 14D) by Steven Hardinger of UCLA
- For Organic Chemistry 1, Ian Gould’s site at Arizona State University is spectacular. He also has a site for Organic Chemistry 2. You can teach yourself a *lot* from these sites [update – signin now required: still useful though]
- Steven Hardinger’s site at UCLA is a treasure trove of useful organic chemistry resources including the Illustrated Glossary of Organic Chemistry
- Lots of good tutorials on this University of Illinois website.
- “Not Voodoo” is an excellent site for anything to do with organic chemistry lab technique.
- Chemtips is a blog that has a wealth of useful posts on practical organic chemistry technique. Updated regularly by (soon to be Dr.) Brandon Findlay.
- CHEM 332 at UIUC has a very thorough and comprehensive website.
- Prof. William Reusch’s Virtual Textbook of Organic Chemistry is the best.
- Khan Academy has a large number of lectures on organic chemistry. They are a decent overview of the course material in Org 1 and Org 2. Videos done by Khan are not the best, but the ones by “Jay” are solid.
- Freelance Teacher has more organic chemistry videos than you can watch in your lifetime. They are awesome as a step-by-step guide at solving problems. The trouble can be knowing where to look (e.g. a 50+ video series on resonance is comprehensive but not useful). One suggestion might be to use Khan for the big picture and then FT for some guidance on solving specific problems.
- Ian Gould’s Arizona sites have awesome quick quizzes.
- Reusch’s Virtual Textbook site is good.
- Here are some practice problems from UCLA
- This page at Towson University has good quizzes on lots of different reactions
- This site at FSU has lots of summaries of different reactions
- This page at Claremont College has quizzes on different reactions
- This page has practice multiple-choice concept tests
- These starburst problems can be good for learning reactions (depending on which one you pick)
- I put together some quizzes on memorize.com that I update occasionally. Good for learning functional groups and vocabulary.
- Some NMR spectral problems can be found at UCLA and at Colorado and at Claremont
- “Chemtiles – The Game” and “The Spectral Game“
- No list would be complete without OMG Zombies. (chemistry related? youbetcha)
- SUNY at Stony Brook’s Random Exam Generator (awesome)
- A lot of good old o-chem exams can be found at AceOrganicChem
- University of Maryland
- Tough, but fun old Princeton exams from Maitland Jones
- University of Calgary
- Named Organic Reactions
- Old timey website but has useful reaction flashcards.
- You can look up NMR and IR spectra for pretty much any compound you’ll ever find here. Protip: search by CAS number
- Tables of IR resonances and NMR resonances
- ChemTube3D lets you see organic reactions in…. 3D
- General study tips here at HowToStudy.org
- More general study tips here at ClickSelfHelp
- The best community by far are the Student Doctor Network Forums
- Coursesaver.com is supposed to be good for the DAT (subscription required)
- Organic Chemistry As A Second Language by David Klein.
- Arrow Pushing In Organic Chemistry by Daniel Levy. Has great problems.
- Pushing Electrons by Daniel Weeks
- Organic Chemistry I For Dummies by Arthur Winter
- A Handbook of Organic Chemistry Mechanisms by Peter Wepplo
Places to Ask Questions
To Check Out After You Level Up
- Synthetic Remarks is delightful
- BRSM is beautiful and thorough
- Curious Wavefunction is thoughtful
- New Reactions is keepin’ it real
- Totally Synthetic [archives only] is where awesomeness reigns (self-promoting link here)
- Hans Reich at UW-Madison: best organic chemistry site on the web, period.
- Chemistry by Design: learn from the works of the masters
- Challenging Problems in Organic Chemistry from Dave Evans at Harvard
- More challenging problems from Tohru Fukuyama
- Yet more challenging problems (scroll to bottom, check previous years)
- Baran group seminars (PDFs)
- Evans group seminars (PDFs)
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