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UV-Vis Spectroscopy: Some Practice Questions

UV-Vis Spectroscopy: Some Practice Questions

September 27, 2016

In the past few posts we’ve covered some of the key points of UV-Vis spectroscopy. Now comes the key question: how do we apply it? How can it be useful to us, especially in determining the structure of unknown c…

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How John Pulled Up His Organic Chemistry Exam Grades

How John Pulled Up His Organic Chemistry Exam Grades

July 18, 2012

The other week, loyal reader “John” (not his real name) wrote in to tell me how he had pulled up his exam grade in organic chemistry from a 44% on the first midterm to a 90% on the second midterm. I asked …

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How To Prepare for Organic Chemistry Exams

How To Prepare for Organic Chemistry Exams

June 22, 2012

A common problem students tell me is that they feel that they know the material, but when they write an exam, they don’t do well. It’s hard to isolate the exact reasons for this, but there are certainly ca…

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Don’t ask me to help you cheat on exams.

Don’t ask me to help you cheat on exams.

June 29, 2011
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If you’re leaving for an O-Chem exam in 3 minutes or less, read this.

If you’re leaving for an O-Chem exam in 3 minutes or less, read this.

April 15, 2011

My one-sentence advice to those about to write an exam: Number your carbons.  Now go write your exam. If you need reasons, here they are.  There’s two. First reason: if you number all the carbons in your start…

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Organic Chemistry Study Tips: Super-Detailed Advice

Organic Chemistry Study Tips: Super-Detailed Advice

March 30, 2011

The other day a student named Peter left several comments about his specific study methods in organic chemistry. I thought it was so useful that I’ve copied them and made them into a separate post. If you want s…

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The Meso Trap

The Meso Trap

January 12, 2011

Question: Are these molecules enantiomers, diastereomers, or the same? If you immediately recognized this as a molecule with an internal plane of symmetry (and thus an achiral molecule, incapable of having an enantiom…

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Two Midterm Problems I Like

Two Midterm Problems I Like

October 18, 2010

In freshman year I remember being aghast at some of the  exam questions my dorm-mates got in their engineering physics classes. They typically had some hideous problem that involved a block on an inclined plane, att…

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How to Succeed In Orgo: Collected Advice

How to Succeed In Orgo: Collected Advice

October 11, 2010

The course syllabus is that sheet of paper you get on the first day of class that explains what the grading scheme is, the course content, contact information for the instructor, and so on. For most courses this is pr…

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Organic Chemistry Study Tips: Quick Wins

September 17, 2010

Sometimes I spend time on the SDN forums to see what premeds have to say about their organic chemistry woes. Last night while poking around, I found the following: Organic Chemistry Has Violated Me Countless Times I&#…

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