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CHMY 323 Organic Chemistry II

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    May 07, 2017
    | Would recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    Holmgren makes the class fun to learn. Even if you don't have an interest in organic chemistry and even though it is a hard class, my classmates and I would enjoy the class because of the professor's ability to make it relevant. Only reason why I slightly disliked the course was because I believe mechanisms are important, but for the ACS final, you seem to do better if you memorized reactions.

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    Nomenclature is boring. The most interesting thing from the course is to learn retrosynthesis. It's most applicable, in my opinion, to future possibilities. Such as if you need a certain polymer; you can figure out how you can effectively synthesize the product given a starting reagent.

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    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    Memorize general pKa trends very first thing. Then memorize what the reagents do in general terms, such as reducing a ketone or adding an alcohol group. Then focus on mechanisms. You can figure out almost how anything works if you know those three things.

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