intramolecular

The Robinson Annulation

The Robinson Annulation

December 10, 2018

There’s something about intramolecular reactions that often trips students up. Conceptually, understanding an intramolecular reaction is not much different than understanding what happens when you fasten a belt,…

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Intramolecular Friedel-Crafts Reactions

Intramolecular Friedel-Crafts Reactions

May 30, 2018

Intramolecular Reactions Here is an instant formula for an organic chemistry exam question. Start with a straightforward reaction that students understand fairly well,  like the Williamson Ether synthesis…. (dr…

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Intramolecular Reactions of Alcohols and Ethers

Intramolecular Reactions of Alcohols and Ethers

June 12, 2015

“Intramolecular Reactions Make Me Crumple Into The Fetal Position Crying For My Mommy” Here’s a topic which doesnt really fit neatly in with what we’ve discussed before but it’s essential to any …

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Common Blind Spot: Intramolecular Reactions

Common Blind Spot: Intramolecular Reactions

July 4, 2011

So I bought a belt today (pleather, 75 cents at the Goodwill).  and decided to show it off. This is me putting it together. This is what it looks like now: At this point you’re probably saying WTF: that’s…

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3 Trends That Affect Boiling Points

3 Trends That Affect Boiling Points

October 25, 2010

Now available – Download this awesome (free) 3-page handout on how to solve common boiling point problems.  With 10 examples of solved problems! (Also contains all the key points discussed in this post) Downlo…

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News Flash – Organic Chemistry Can Be Hard

News Flash – Organic Chemistry Can Be Hard

August 6, 2010

I’ve been working with a guy (let’s call him Doug)  who is a premed taking an organic chemistry course (Org 2) at a community college. The following question came up on one of his problem sets. Doug gave …

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