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Acids and Bases – How to Determine Which Acid is Stronger
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Acids and Bases – How to Determine Which Acid is Stronger

One of the most common questions in organic chemistry is ‘which of these two compounds is more acidic?’ Here are the 4 most important factors to consider. How to determine the stronger acid In Organic Chemistry, acids and bases is really quite qualitative. We’re often looking at whether a compound is even acidic or basic at all….

How to Assign R and S Configurations Without a Molecular Model
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How to Assign R and S Configurations Without a Molecular Model

Chiral centers come in two flavours – vanilla or chocolate chip… Just kidding! They come in R and S varieties. There’s a three-step process for assigning the R or S, and one of the steps in putting the lowest priority group at the back, away from you. But what do you do when the lowest priority group isn’t behaving and isn’t already…

5 Rules for Organic Reaction Mechanisms
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5 Rules for Organic Reaction Mechanisms

If there’s one thing you’re guaranteed in Organic Chemistry exams, it’s to be asked mechanism questions! Reaction mechanisms in organic chemistry are the bread and butter of exam questions! So how do you avoid the most common mistakes? The best way to get good at mechanisms is through lots of practice! But, apart from that,…

Nomenclature Ninja – Naming Alkanes
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Nomenclature Ninja – Naming Alkanes

Naming organic molecules is… complicated! Or, it can sure seem that way. There’s alkynes of rules in organic nomenclature 🙂 What are the most important things to know when naming alkanes? What is a system for naming compounds? And, what is going to be on the exam? Yes, nomenclature will be on the exam Pretty much every organic chemistry course…

Carbocation Rearrangements – Explained!
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Carbocation Rearrangements – Explained!

How and why do carbocations rearrange? Professors love to torture, err.. I mean “test” students with exam questions that involve carbocation rearrangements. So, when do carbocation rearrangements occur? It can be confusing to know how to spot what will happen in these reactions, but there’s some basic principles that will have you migrating the right…

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