carboxylic acids

Reducing Sugars

Reducing Sugars

September 12, 2017

What’s a reducing sugar, and why is it important? Here’s a quick summary. Full details in the post below. Better Living Through Chemistry Q.  Can you think of a situation where it might be useful to be ab…

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Summary Sheet: Functional Groups

Summary Sheet: Functional Groups

August 21, 2012

I thought it would be good to make a summary sheet based on functional groups, so here one is: Functional Group Summary Sheet (PDF) You can find other sheets in the Summary Sheets section of this site. In addition, I …

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Reagent Friday – Diazomethane (CH2N2)

Reagent Friday – Diazomethane (CH2N2)

November 5, 2011

In a blatant plug for the Reagent Guide and the Reagents App for iPhone, each Friday  I profile a different reagent that is commonly encountered in Org 1/ Org 2.  One of the things about learning organic chemist…

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Oxidation Ladders

Oxidation Ladders

August 8, 2011

Once you get a handle on oxidations and reductions, you might start to notice that with some molecules these reactions can proceed in sequences. For example, if you start with an alkane with a CH3 group, the alkane ca…

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Common Mistakes with Carbonyls: Carboxylic Acids… Are Acids!

Common Mistakes with Carbonyls: Carboxylic Acids… Are Acids!

May 20, 2011

Carboxylic acids… are acids. I know that seems obvious. But it’s a near certainty that students taking Org 2 for the first time will forget this occasionally. Here are two common mistakes that I see *all the t…

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Simplifying the reactions of carboxylic acid derivatives (part 1)

Simplifying the reactions of carboxylic acid derivatives (part 1)

May 6, 2011

I’ve had a fair number of emails over the past week or two from students who say that they are having a hard time keeping track of all the reactions of carboxylic acids and their derivatives. It can get pretty o…

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Summary Sheet #7 – 21 Carbonyl Mechanisms on 1 page

Summary Sheet #7 – 21 Carbonyl Mechanisms on 1 page

April 20, 2011

If you feel sometimes like mechanisms in carbonyl chemistry keep repeating themselves, you aren’t just imagining things. The fact is that there IS  a lot of repetition. This has been covered before – the …

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