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Organic Chemistry I For Dummies Cheat Sheet

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 [more…]

Organic Chemistry through the Looking Glass

Here's something to remember as you study organic chemistry: Life is built on chiral building blocks — that is, the molecules that make up living things have a particular handedness [more…]

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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