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How Conjugated Double-Bond Stereochemistry Works in Vision

For many students of organic chemistry, it’s easy to become bogged down in the minutiae of organic molecules and their reactions and forget that organic compounds actually form the backbone of all living [more…]

The Use of Spectroscopy in Determining Doping in Athletes

Spectroscopy plays an increasingly important role in modern sports and culture. For instance, the sports of baseball and cycling (among others) have been roiled by cheating scandals in which athletes have [more…]

10 Tips for Surviving Organic Chemistry

Organic chemistry has a reputation for being a challenging course. But here’s the thing that’s often not mentioned: Organic chemistry is a subject that anyone can ace. Doing well, though, requires working [more…]

An Example Organic Chemistry Mechanism Problem

Suppose you’re working an organic chemistry assignment, and you're asked to propose a mechanism for the conversion of the alcohol shown in the following figure to the alkene shown in the same figure. [more…]


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