Summary Sheets

Summary Sheet: Functional Groups

Summary Sheet: Functional GroupsAugust 21, 2012

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 …

Summary Sheet #8: The Oxidation Ladder

Summary Sheet #8: The Oxidation LadderAugust 15, 2011

Following up on this post, here’s an attempt at trying to put many of the reactions in organic chemistry in perspective, from the standpoint of oxidation state. Note that there’s a lot of gaps – very…

The Organic Chemistry Reagent Guide is here!

The Organic Chemistry Reagent Guide is here!May 26, 2011

It’s taken a long time – late April through early May was hectic – but today I’m thrilled to finally announce the launch of the “Organic Chemistry Reagent Guide“, a guide designed e…

Summary Sheet #7 – 21 Carbonyl Mechanisms on 1 page

Summary Sheet #7 – 21 Carbonyl Mechanisms on 1 pageApril 20, 2011

If you feel sometimes like mechanisms in carbonyl chemistry keep repeating themselves, you aren’t just imagining things. The fact is that there IS  a lot of repetition. This has been covered before – the …

Summary Sheet – Alkane Nomenclature

Summary Sheet – Alkane NomenclatureOctober 30, 2010

Part of the problem with nomenclature is that the trivial names can cause a lot of confusion. By themselves, the IUPAC names are at least logical, if sometimes unwieldy – it might be a good plan to just stick to…

Summary Sheet #5 – 9 Key Mechanisms in Carbonyl Chemistry

Summary Sheet #5 – 9 Key Mechanisms in Carbonyl ChemistryJuly 29, 2010

I finally got around to putting together a summary sheet of the two previous series on mechanisms in carbonyl chemistry (anionic nucleophiles and neutral nucleophiles) It’s a companion piece to the summary sheet…

Summary Sheet: Reactions of Alkenes

Summary Sheet: Reactions of AlkenesJune 30, 2010

This summary sheet covers a huge number of the reactions of alkenes, as a downloadable PDF file.

Summary Sheet – Introduction to Reactivity and Nomenclature

Summary Sheet – Introduction to Reactivity and NomenclatureMay 12, 2010

One of my students is taking an introductory organic chemistry course at a community college. While preparing for our next session, which is going to cover some of the basics of chemical reactivity, I found myself mak…

Summary Sheet #3: Reactions of Carbonyls – The Big Picture

April 23, 2010

The reason why I harp on organic chemistry as boiling down to “nucleophile attacks electrophile” is because it’s a greatly simplifying way to look at chemical reactions. After you’ve done organ…

Summary Sheet #2: Enols and Enolates

Summary Sheet #2: Enols and EnolatesApril 14, 2010