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We have worked hard to prepare two simple-language study books that go with a bunch of online videos (on our no-ads YouTube Channel) to help you study for your class. Whether you are someone who is dead set on getting an A and acing the MCAT or a time-strapped student trying to just survive a tough organic class, we hope that the study outlined below will be as straightforward and helpful as possible. If there are topics that you need to learn but that we don't cover in our videos or books or if you find a mistake, please email us so we can improve. We just opened the site in Summer 2018, but we will keep adding video tutorials, practice problems and online quizzes, so check back often! As our logo suggests, we hope to take the negativity from "u" and make positive experiences! (Warning: more bad chemistry puns may occur).

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Study Page for Organic Chemistry 1 Primer 2018

The Organic Chemistry 1 Primer 2018, by Andy, Tania, and Rhett, covers topics that are most-commonly covered in Orgo 1. Every professor is different, though, so if a topic you need is missing, check the page for Organic Chemistry 2 or, if you just don't see it on our site, shoot us an email so we can work on adding it. If you are following a text book, you may find a guided study for other text books here. Even better, if your professor has set up a Proton Guru page, it will be listed here. If not, you could ask them to look on our homepage to set up a custom guided study (make sure they know it's free for everyone).

Part I: Foundations

Tutorial 1 

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8 pages to read in the Primer

Lesson I.1 Representation of Structure

Lesson I.2 Polarity, Dipoles, Formal Charge

Tutorial 2

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Lesson I.3 Representation of Structure

Tutorial 3

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Lesson I.4 Nucleophiles, Electrophiles, Functional Groups

Tutorial 4

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Lesson I.5 Arrow-Pushing Formalism

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Tutorial 5

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Lesson I.6 Hybridization, Bonding, and Geometry

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Tutorial 6

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Lesson I.7 Resonance

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Tutorial 7

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Lesson I.8 More Arrow-Pushing and Identifying Steps

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Tutorial 8

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Lessons I.9-10 Acids and Bases in Organic Chem

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Tutorial 9

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Lesson I.11Stability of Cations, radicals, and alkenes

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Tutorial 10

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Lessons I.12-13 Equilibrium and Spontaneous Reactions

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Tutorial 11

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Lesson I.14 Naming Alkanes, Alcohols and Alkyl Halides

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Tutorial 12

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Lesson I.15 Conformations of Linear Alkanes, Newman Projections

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Tutorial 13

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Lesson I.16 Cycloalkanes, Chair Cyclohexane

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Tutorial 14

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Lessons I.17-18 Chirality and Intro to Assigning R- and S-

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Tutorial 15

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Lesson I.19 Fischer Projections

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Tutorial 16

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Lesson I.20 Enantiomers, Diastereomers, and Meso

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Part II: Substitution, Elimination, Oxidation

Tutorial 17

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Lesson II.1 Tracking Stereocenters in Reactions

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Tutorial 18

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4 pages to read in the Primer

Lesson II.2 Nucleophilicity vs. Basicity

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Tutorial 19

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9 pages to read in the Primer

Lessons II.3-5 SN1 and SN2 of Alkyl Halides

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Tutorial 20

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Lessons II.6-9 E1 and E2 of Alkyl Halides

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Tutorial 21

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Lesson II.10 Competing Subst. and Elim. on RX

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Tutorial 22

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Lesson II.11 Substitution and Elim. of Alcohols

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Tutorial 23

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Lesson II.12-13 Oxidation of Alcohols

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Tutorial 24

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Lesson II.14 Acid Cleavage of Ethers

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Tutorial 25

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Lesson II.15 Ring-Opening of Epoxides

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Part III: Alkenes, Alkynes, Radicals

Tutorial 26

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10 pages to read in the Primer

Lesson III.1 Naming Alkenes

Lesson III.2 Properties and Hydrogenation of Alkenes

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Note: Each Alkene Rxn Video (Tutorials 26-31) has practice for all prior reactions too.

Tutorial 27

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Lessons III.3-5 Hydration and Hydrohalogenation of Alkenes 

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Tutorial 28

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Lesson III.6 Halogenation and Halohydrins from Alkenes

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Tutorial 29

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Lesson III.7 Oxymercuration of Alkenes

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Lesson III.8 Cyclopropanation and Epoxidation of Alkenes

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Tutorial 30

Tutorial 31

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Lesson III.9 Hydroboration/Oxidation of Alkenes

Lesson III.10 Ozonolysis and Prep of Vicinal Diols

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Tutorial 32

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Lesson III.11 Naming Alkynes

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Lesson III.12 Rxn of Alkynes with HX or X2

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Tutorial 33

Tutorial 34

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Lesson III.13 Reducing Alkynes

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Lesson III.14-15 Tautomerism and Carbonyls from Alkynes

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Tutorial 35

Tutorial 36

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Lesson III.16 Acetylide anion and Multistep Synthesis

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Tutorial 37

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Lesson III.17 Peroxide-Mediated Hydrobromination of Alkenes

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Tutorial 38

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4 pages to read in the Primer

Lesson III.18 Halogenation of Alkanes

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Part IV: Pi-Conjugated Systems (cont'd/included in Organic 2 as well)

Tutorial 39

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Lesson IV.1 Pi Conjugation

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Tutorial 40

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Lesson IV.2 Addition to Conjugated Dienes

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Tutorial 41

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Lesson IV.3 Diels-Alder Rxn

Part VII: Spectroscopy (cont'd/included in Organic 2 as well; often covered in Orgo 2)

Tutorial 42

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6 pages to read in the Primer

Lesson VII.1-2 UV/vis Spectroscopy

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Tutorial 43

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Lesson VII.3-4 Infrared (IR) spectroscopy

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Tutorial 44

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Lesson VII.5 Intro to NMR Spectrometry

Tutorial 45

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Lesson VII.6 Carbon-13 NMR

Tutorial 46

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Lesson VII.7 Proton NMR

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