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Another curved arrow example

Okay, so I have my book on the market and the people I really need to adopt it are people that teach organic chemistry. However, … Read More...

So what exactly do you do as a Organic Chemist?

It's about finding cures for different things using natural substances right? I have been looking into it as a career choice for a while now, science has always interested me but I would love to know more about it.

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Publishing 101 or setting the price for the book

I am setting up a new price for A Guide to Organic Chemistry Mechanisms. The book hasn’t been selling very well and there are other books mechanism books that are less. Let me go backwards through this. Read More...

How to learn ochem

This is post I made on Yahoo!Answers to a question about learning organic chemistry. I have answered this or similar questions many times.

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Learn OChem w/o taking a class

Q: How can I learn organic chemistry without taking a class?
I am not a pre-med student, nor am I a chemistry major. I am studying environmental engineering, and organic chem is not required. However, for my own edification I would like a crash course that would make me understand key concepts. Can anyone recommend a book, or list of topics I should learn to achieve my goal? Thanks.
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Why is organic chemistry so difficult?

Q: Why is organic chemistry so difficult? I don't understand what's going on. My professor is confusing and I can't afford a tutor. Her tests are unpredictable, and she tests on random things she never went over in class or in the book. I thought I wanted to major in chemistry and become a doctor. What should I do?

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How I improved my class performance in organic chemistry

As you can see from the graph, my classes have improved their scores on the ACS organic chemistry exam. How did I do it? On reflection, I think I did several things that combined to improve the scores…

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Science and scientific thinking

I saw this blog link on another page about science and scientific thinking. The author, Chad Orzel, a physics professor at Union College has something things right and others not. I agree with some parts of what he says, but here is my take. Read More...

Organic chemistry help?

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What is a good book for learning organic chemistry?

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eBook version of "A Guide to Organic Chemistry Mechanisms"

An ebook version of "The Language of Organic Chemistry" is available.

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How to use Spotlight without searching the trash

A simple way to exclude the trash from your spotlight searches.

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Free Lunch: How the Wealthiest Americans... David Cay Johnston

My comment on a review of, "Free Lunch: How the Wealthiest Americans Enrich Themselves at Government Expense (and Stick You with the Bill)" on Amazon by David Cay JohnstonEditted 2/2/08

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Boiling chips, sticks and stones

Someone asked why boiling stones were used for a simple distillation. This is my answer.

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What topics are covered in an organic chemistry college course?

Yahoo question:

What topics are covered in an organic chemistry college course?

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Flash Cards

Flash cards are such a popular device for learning organic chemistry. Why don't I like them?

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Nick Kim Cartoon and Chemistry

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OrgoCards: Organic Chemistry Review; by Wang, Razani, Lee, Wu, and Berkowitz

The content of the OrgoCards is in agreement with organic chemistry textbooks. Flash cards encourage connecting the start and end together without a middle. The middle is the explanation of why the reactions take place. My question is, "How will a flash card improve your organic chemistry thinking?" Read More...

How to Learn Organic Chemistry

I've put together a string of questions and answers in several email exchanges. You might want to skim over ... Read More...

Chemical Heresy

I have taken a momentary side track from editing "The Language of Organic Chemistry". I have created a presentation in which I have written out my thoughts on how atomic structure exists and reactions work. My next objective is to find an audience for it. It would be useful to have someone who is both critical and yet open-minded. I am interested in receiving criticism, especially where I may not have thought of something ... Read More...