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A Discussion about Organic Chemistry

Many students wonder how organic chemistry fits into their life. Last year, Don Osborne and I sat down and discussed various ways to think about the subject. You can CLICK HERE to listen to that audio conversation.

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Organic Chemistry Simplified: Putting It All Together (part 6)

In the last section (part 5), we discussed the reaction scheme and how to find what is most important. Now, we will put everything together and see how all this will help us solve organic reaction questions. Let’s look at the following example: We will first break down the functional group (alkene): In this case, […]

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Organic Chemistry Simplified: The Reaction Scheme (part 5)

In the last section (part 4), we discussed a way to classify reagents in order to make it easier to remember the endless stream of reagents seen in organic chemistry. Now, we will transition into dissecting the reaction scheme. I discovered that there is a reliable pattern to the way chemists write them. Let’s look […]

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Organic Chemistry Simplified: Reagents (part 4)

In organic chemistry, it seems like there are endless reactions and reagents. So, let’s see if we can find a way to classify these reagents and find a simpler way to look at them. Here is one way to categorize reagents: Oxygen With hydrogen Without hydrogen Hydrogen In front of molecular formula In back of […]

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Organic Chemistry Simplified: “Breaking Lines” Example (part 3)

Let’s take a quick look at how the last section (part 2) dealing with heterolytic and homolytic cleavage can help us figure out how a structure will react: Some of you may not have seen this starting material in your class yet; this does not matter. If you apply what we have talked about thus […]

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Organic Chemistry Simplified: Breaking Lines (Part 2)

In part 1, we ended with talking about chemical bonds in organic chemistry being covalent (equal sharing of electrons).  Let’s take a look at a carbon-carbon bond: Any bond that we look at can be thought of in terms of two electrons (dots). When we break a bond apart, we can either leave an electron […]

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Organic Chemistry Simplified: Lines and Letters (Part 1)

This first section will discuss how to determine the number of bonds that can be formed to atoms. We can think of these atoms and bonds as just lines and letters… In organic chemistry, there are only a few atoms we will need to consider. These can be written in the following way according to […]

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A New Series…”Organic Chemistry Simplified”

I am putting together a short series called “Organic Chemistry Simplified.” This will involve a series of short posts that will attempt to dramatically reduce the complexity of organic chemistry into simple language and visual elements. I constantly ask myself if I am teaching organic chemistry in the simplest fashion possible without losing the core […]

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1H NMR Study Guide

I have put together a short study guide. Hopefully, it will help you to better understand the chemical shift values. You can click here…1H NMR Study Guide… or find it on the Study Guide page. This should complement the information in the 1 H NMR post; NMR pictures

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1H NMR

Most NMR questions on an exam involve determining a specific structure rather than memorizing and repeating various NMR values. Typically, you will be given an NMR spectra and a molecular formula (sometimes an IR spectra will be provided). I have put together a few ideas that might make this process a bit easier.  I am […]

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About Organic Chemist On Call

Organic chemistry has a reputation of being a class that destroys student’s hopes and dreams. It is a course that is interwoven into many fields of science and medicine; therefore, many students have to take the class due to college requirements and not out of choice. Since I began teaching in 1998, I have made it my mission to find a way to teach organic chemistry that not only simplifies the subject matter, but hopefully brings new life into this material. To learn more, click here        

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