Cheat Sheet

Organic Chemistry I For Dummies Cheat Sheet

From Organic Chemistry I For Dummies, 2nd Edition

By Arthur Winter

You won’t get very far in your study of organic chemistry without the periodic table of elements and an understanding of the common functional groups (or reactive centers) that dictate how most of a compound’s chemical reactions occur.

Common Functional Groups in Organic Chemistry

In organic chemistry, functional groups (or reactive centers) are small structural units within molecules that dictate how most of the compound’s chemical reactions occur. Know these common functional groups you will run into in organic chemistry:


Periodic Table of Elements

If you’re studying organic chemistry, the periodic table is an important tool. The elements and their atomic numbers are listed and grouped together by their properties — making it easier to remember without having to memorize each element.