reactions

Introducing the Reaction Guide

Introducing the Reaction Guide

October 17, 2012

My main goal at Master Organic Chemistry has always been to provide students with useful resources that they can’t easily find anywhere else. About six months after I started tutoring organic chemistry, I realiz…

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The latest version of Reagents contains a “social graph” for reactions

The latest version of Reagents contains a “social graph” for reactions

August 27, 2012

A new version of Reagents was released a few months ago, and it comes with two powerful new features that weren’t in the first version. I’ve been remiss in not mentioning it until now, so that’s what…

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Organic Chemistry Study Tips: Reaction Maps

Organic Chemistry Study Tips: Reaction Maps

May 7, 2012

This time of year one of the most common problems students come to me with is how to do synthesis problems. Like this:  There’s a lot of different ways to go about learning how to do synthesis – and IR…

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Organic Chemistry Study Tips: How to use a “Study Buddy”

Organic Chemistry Study Tips: How to use a “Study Buddy”

February 16, 2012

I can’t claim credit for this idea but unfortunately I can’t remember where I read it either. Here’s a helpful and quick way to make use of a study partner. Let’s say you’ve got a long li…

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The Most Important Question To Ask When Learning a New Reaction

The Most Important Question To Ask When Learning a New Reaction

August 29, 2011

About a month or so ago I had a big revelation as an instructor. Something that I’d been taking for granted, that was right under my nose. I was spending so much time focusing on the why and how of chemical reac…

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Summary Sheet #5 – 9 Key Mechanisms in Carbonyl Chemistry

Summary Sheet #5 – 9 Key Mechanisms in Carbonyl Chemistry

July 29, 2010

I finally got around to putting together a summary sheet of the two previous series on mechanisms in carbonyl chemistry (anionic nucleophiles and neutral nucleophiles) It’s a companion piece to the summary sheet…

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Summary Sheet: Reactions of Alkenes

Summary Sheet: Reactions of Alkenes

June 30, 2010

This summary sheet covers a huge number of the reactions of alkenes, as a downloadable PDF file.

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Summary Sheet – Introduction to Reactivity and Nomenclature

Summary Sheet – Introduction to Reactivity and Nomenclature

May 12, 2010

One of my students is taking an introductory organic chemistry course at a community college. While preparing for our next session, which is going to cover some of the basics of chemical reactivity, I found myself mak…

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