Think About Integrating Reactions

Posted on November 30th, 2012

December is the last month for organic chemistry courses for a lot of universities. So by entering the month of December – you are in the home stretch and you can sense the end is near. Most of you are probably very excited for that. At this point, try to begin integrating concepts as you approach possibly one of your last few exams or quizzes prior to the final exam.

You have learned many reactions at this point and likely feel that you have studied each relatively independant of the other. Now would be a good time to see if there are any similarities in between different reactions. This is especialy important because as you learn more, things start to blur a bit and seem to overlap with one another. That is because it does!

One good way to see how reaction relate to one another is to make lists. Some examples:

1) Make a list of all the possible ways you can make alkenes

2)  Make a list of all the possible ways you can make alkynes

3)  Make a list of all the things you can do with an alkene

4)  Make a list of all the things you can do with an alkyne

and so on…

Another way to integrate reactions is to draw out a map. Many students do not do this because it is extremely time intensive and cumbersome. Good new is that StudyOrgo.com has got you covered. Our team already has drawn out a beautifully color-coded Reaction Roadmap that illustrates these interconnections. StudyOrgo.com members have access to this by visiting:

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Happy Integrating!

-The StudyOrgo.com Team

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