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Between posts on tautomerism and on lewis acid catalysis, I neglected to mention a really important point in carbonyl chemistry that illustrates another facet ofRead more
Today starts a new series of posts on walking through one of the key classes of reaction in organic chemistry: substitution reactions. The goal ofRead more
Let’s review what’s been talked about so far in this series on acid-base reactions: An acid base reaction involves the donation of a proton (H+)Read more
Today we’ll talk about an incredibly important skill that might take some time to grasp but pays tremendous dividends. We’ll go through the exact details of how to use a pKa table. Understanding the proper use of a pKa table will give you the ability to recognize which acid-base reactions will happen and which will not. This will come up a lot as you progress through Org 1 and Org 2. It might be helpful to go back and review some of the factors that affect acidity that were talked about earlier.Read more