In this course you are guided step-by-step with clear explanations, beautiful figures and plenty of example problems. The lectures are broken into small sections, each containing study questions to make sure you can apply what you’ve learned. Detailed answers are provided for these questions, especially in the early part of the course. Problem sets also guide you step-by-step: there are hints for every problem so that you don’t get stuck. Over 40 sample exams are provided, and these are considerably more challenging. However, about 30 of the exams have fully-worked solutions, so you’re not left wondering. As the course progresses, more and more synthesis is introduced, and cumulative exams are brought in to tie everything together. The course rigor is at a level on par with any respectable university course. By the end, you’ll have a firm grasp of how molecules react and be synthesizing like an organic chemist! ...[more][less]
The structure of ice demonstrates tetrahedral bonding, and is very similar to diamond This model was made with Sketchup. I was led to try Sketchup for educational illustrations because of my engineering background, and I find it is often just as effective as molecular modeling software.
Fredrich Wöhler, whose synthesis of urea in 1828 marked the beginning of organic chemistry as a science wrote, "Organic chemistry nowadays almost drives me mad. To me it appears like a primeval tropical rain forest ...
...full of the most remarkable things, a dreadful endless jungle into which one does not dare enter for there seems to be no way out”