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What makes organic chemistry "hard" is not the subject material, it's that you have to study for it differently that your typical student. I was a striaght a student and struggled at the beginning of ochem until i changed my study habits. I must say i disagree with with the person who said its much memorizing, because the professors tell you time and time again its not about memorization, there is just WAY too much to memorize. all ochem is is reactions and their mechanisms, pretty much they give u reactants, and u follow the transfer of electrons from one bond to another until u form ur products. so u just have to understand, and u have to do tons and tons and tons of practice problem, and you cannot possibly cram for a test, so do NOT fall behind, adn do problems about what u talk abt in class, each day after class, then before the test do review problems. basically, u start off by reviewing resonance, naming compounds, like alcohols, aldehydes, ketones, etc etc, then learning general patterens of reactions (theres 4, e1, e2, sn1, sn2), and then u start learnign specific reactions of each compounds, like reactions of alcohols, reactions of alkenes, reactions of alkynes. the good news is once u learn reactions of a few organic groups, the rest of the pieces of ochem fall in place and its pretty much the same reactions again and again with minor differences. and then u learn graph interpretation (u can take a sample of a compounds, stick it in a machine and it produces a graph telling u which elements or organic groups are in it and what kind of bonds etc etc), theres a few different graphs, 4 or 5, some like MS are sooo easy, and othere like hnmr take some practice, but again its just keeping up with the material in class every single day, dont fall behind on the problem sets, just do the problems as u learn the material, and u will be FINE. so having taken the course myself this year, (i have 2 weeks left of the class), i can tell u that wen people say ochem is hard, its usually because theyre afraid of HARD WORK, not necessarily the subject. keep up with the problems, give urself PLENTY of time before the test to do practice tests that the prof gives u and then ask the prof questions and u will be FIIIIIINE, i promise! :)
Organic chemistry is the study of compounds containing carbon. The applications of organic chemistry are numerous: The important classes of biomolecules (see above) Drugs Plastics Petroleum products In the first semester of organic chemistry, you will learn all of the fundamentals including Organic Functional Groups How to name organic compounds 3-dimensional structure of organic molecules including chirality and stereoisomerism The concept of a mechanism of an organic reaction Important organic reactions including acid-base, substitution, elimination, and carbonyl addition Organic structure determination using NMR, IR, and Mass spectrometry Multistep organic synthesis The second semester continues to explore carbonyl addition reactions and multistep synthesis. Additional topics include the reactions of alkenes, aromatics, and amines, free radical reactions, and the chemistry of carbohydrates.
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Advice for students:
Have a good attitude.Even if you aren’t thrilled at the idea of taking organic chemistry and don’t think you’ll ever use it in whatever career you’re pursuing, you need to come into the class with a positive attitude. Work the problems.Of course, if you have a great attitude but don’t take the time to work the problems, the results will still be ugly. No one can master organic chemistry without working the problems. And not only do you have to work the problems, but you have to work the problems honestly — that is, you have to try them by yourself without sneaking a peek at the solutions guide until after you’ve finished the problem. Don’t fall behind.Organic textbooks usually span a thousand pages or more, and a majority of that will probably be covered in a two-semester class Study the right way.Learning organic chemistry is not a passive task