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Resources for Instructors

Sometimes putting together lecture slides can feel like reinventing the wheel. Permission is hereby granted to use any images on this website for preparing lecture notes, slides, etc. that are not behind a paywall.

This site began over 10 years ago as a place to share lessons learned from tutoring organic chemistry online.
Over time, it has morphed into an online textbook with over 400 articles covering a wide range of introductory organic chemistry topics.

Along the way, over 2500 non-paywalled, non-watermarked images have been generated in Chemdraw, along with a growing library of short videos (GIFs) like these ones:





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A link to Master Organic Chemistry [] on a public-facing page on a university website would be greatly appreciated. This helps MOC articles surface in search-engine rankings.

Additionally, if your college/university has a tutoring or resource center, an introduction via email [cc: james at] to an appropriate person would also make a difference so that more students can discover the resource.

Reaction Guide

The paywalled section of this website includes the Reaction Guide, a resource with over 180 individual pages on reactions commonly encountered in introductory organic chemistry, generally adhering to content on the ACS organic chemistry exams.

Each  Reaction Guide page contains a canonical example, specific examples (often including intramolecular variants) a complete arrow-pushing mechanism (where relevant) and references to the primary organic chemistry literature.

If you would like to have complimentary access to the Reaction Guide as an instructor, send me an email and I can set you up with an account.