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The E2 Mechanism

Having gone through the E1 mechanism for elimination reactions, we’ve accounted for one way in which elimination reactions can occur. However, there’s still another set

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The SN2 Mechanism

Having gone through the two different types of substitution reactions, and talked about nucleophiles and electrophiles, we’re finally in a position to reveal the mechanism

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Two Midterm Problems I Like

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

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Ephedrine and Pseudoephedrine

These molecules make the news quite a bit. Some questions to think about: What’s the (R),(S) designation for the stereocenters of ephedrine and pseudoephedrine, as

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