Organic Chemistry Lecture Notes & Labs
10 Carbon Facts
Learn some interesting facts about carbon, the element that is the basis for organic chemistry.
Functional groups are groups of atoms found within molecules that are involved in the chemical reactions characteristic of those molecules. Functional groups can pertain to any molecules, but you will usually hear about them in the context of organic chemistry.
Elements in the Human Body
Find out what elements are in the human body and what these elements do.
Chemistry Laboratory Safety Rules
Make your chemistry laboratory experience safe by following these simple rules.
Amino Acid Structures
These are the structures for the twenty natural amino acids, plus the general structure for an amino acid.
Carbohydrates or saccharides are the most abundant class of biomolecules. Carbohydrates are used to store energy, though they serve other important functions as well. This is an overview of carbohydrate chemistry, including a look at the types of carbohydrates, their functions, and carbohydrate classification.
Functional Groups - Organic Chemistry Essentials
These are the names and structures of important organic functional groups containing nitrogen or oxygen. Learn 'em, live 'em, love 'em!
Glycolysis is the name given to the series of biochemical reactions in which glucose is converted into pyruvate. This important part of carbohydrate catabolism takes place in the cytoplasm of cells. Several reactions take place, with products that are vital to the functioning of the cell.
How To Purify Alcohol Using Distillation
Denatured alcohol is toxic. If you need pure ethanol, you can purify denatured, contaminated or impure alcohol using distillation. Here's how to do it.
Purines, Pyrimidines, Nucleosides and Nucleotides
These are the chemical structures of the purines, pyrimidines, nucleosides, and nucleotides.
Arterial Blockage / Fouling
Problems relating to heavy organic deposition during oil refining. From G. A. Mansoori, University of Illinois at Chicago.
Chem 38/39/Project Empower
Illustrative material designed to enhance the learning of organic chemistry. From Thomas H. Eberlein, Pennsylvania State University.
Arrows that denote movement of electrons during bond formation or cleavage. From Mary Masson, University of Aberdeen.
How to Make Aspirin - Acetylsalicylic Acid
Learn how to synthesize aspirin, acetylsalicylic acid, from salicyclic acid. Get information about the history of aspirin, the effects of salicylates, and see the structures of the reactants.
Library of 3-D Molecular Structures
Take your choice from GIF, VRML, or PDB formats of many simple and complex organic molecules.
Nucleic Acid Facts
If you're taking general chemistry, organic, or biochemistry, you'll need to understand some basic concepts about nucleic acids, the polymers used to code the genetic information of organisms. Here are some quick nucleic acid facts to get you started.
Photosynthesis Basics - Study Guide
Photosynthesis is the name for the set of chemical reactions used by plants and other organisms to make food from sunlight, carbon dioxide, and water. Here's a look at the process and study questions to help make sure you understand the key concepts.
Organic Chemistry ConcepTests
Challenging Q & A from the University of Wisconsin.
Saturated fats are important in diet and nutrition as well as chemistry. Here's an explanation of what a saturated fat is.
Organic Chemistry for the Life Sciences
A. Cockshutt's course outline and lecture notes for Mount Allison Univeristy's organic chemistry course are given.
Organic Chemistry Laboratory Manual
Detailed experiments from McMaster University.
Organic Chemistry Resources Worldwide
This helpful site includes the following sections: The Literature, The Bench, Structural Analysis, The Desk, Communication, and Additional Activities. Each page has a logical structure and quick load time!
Organic Compounds Database
Search on molecular weight, melting point, empirical formulas, etc.
Organic Structure Elucidation
Displays IR, NMR, and mass spectra of a compound. Answer sheet available only to chemistry instructors. From University of Notre Dame.
Includes definitions of coordination chemistry and the 18-electron rule. From Interactive Learning Paradigms.
Webbook of Organic Chemistry
Java images of molecular structures. From Ilkka Roininen.
What Type of Bonds Does Carbon Form?
Carbon and its bonds are key to organic chemistry and biochemistry as well as general chemistry. Here's a look at the most common type of bond formed by carbon as well as the other chemical bonds it can also form.
Organic Chemistry Hydrocarbon Nomenclature Prefixes
This table lists the prefixes used in organic chemistry nomenclature to represent the number of carbon atoms in a basic hydrocarbon chain.