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The Single Swap Rule

I don’t think there are that many “tricks” to doing well in organic chemistry, but there are a few. I was kind of surprised last

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Draw The Ugly Version First

When figuring out what the product of a reaction is, there are really two important steps. 1. Figuring out where the electrons go. 2. Drawing

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A simple trick: The (R)-(S) Toggle

Instead of redrawing the whole molecule, just leave the hydrogen (or other 4th ranked substituent) in front and figure out whether the substituents ranked 1,2, and 3 go clockwise or counterclockwise. Then toggle (i.e. reverse direction CW to CCW or vice versa) to account for the fact that the 4th ranked substituent is in the front, and assign (R) or (S) based on that. You end up with the same answer without having to redraw anything.

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