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Summary Sheet: Functional Groups

Last updated: January 26th, 2017

I thought it would be good to make a summary sheet based on functional groups, so here one is:

Functional Group Summary Sheet (PDF)

You can find other sheets in the Summary Sheets section of this site. In addition, I made some extra summary sheets for Org 1 available on my Shopify Store, including ones on substitution/elimination, resonance, acid-base chemistry, conformations, resonance, and many more.

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3 thoughts on “Summary Sheet: Functional Groups

  1. This is a great resource on functional groups – I especially like that it contains information on characteristics and reactions of each, as well as just examples. Should be useful as a summary for my A level classes.

    Have you tried making a giant reaction map for organic compounds at any point? I’m aware such a thing would inevitably look insanely complicated, but it’s still something I’d quite like to see!

  2. Mr.who can’t be a professor your site gives half the information plus you have to buy notes and sheets,go to and you will get truck load of information for free.Education is not an enterprize and knowledge can not be bought.

    1. So people should work for free? Do you understand how much time and work Dr. Ashenhurst put into making his summary sheets? Drawing the reaction mechanisms and other diagrams takes a lot of time, and also requires software that costs a great deal (i.e. MarvinSketch), then making sure that all of the information is not only easily understood, but also factually correct. You’re right, knowledge cannot be bought; what can be bought though are services that make the acquisition of knowledge easier. If you want to trawl through organic chemistry textbooks sorting and picking the relevant details from complex and highly specialised details then go ahead, but many people take organic chemistry because it’s required for something else and just need to understand the fundamentals. We only get so much time as humans, and whilst I’d love to learn everything I can about every subject that fascinates me, it’s not at all realistic. Grow up.

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