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The top 7 organic chemistry sites for 2017

 

Hi Chemists–

Organic chemistry is tough enough without having to search the whole web looking for more help.  So let us do the work for you. Here are our favorite sites to give you that edge in organic chemistry.  By the way, these are all free sites!

 

1) Japanese Spectral Database: On this site, you can type in almost any organic molecule (by mass, formula, or name) and will be able to view many of it spectra, including 1H NMR, 13C NMR, IR and mass spec.  Great resource, especially for the lab portion of the course.
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2) Mechanism Movies: This site has numerous animations of organic chemistry mechanisms, which is good because we think it is helpful to actually visualize where and how the molecules themselves move.  It is also nice to see transition states of reactions and get a feel for the size of the participating atoms and reactions sites.Slide6

3) Chemical Forums:  Got a question that you want to run by a few friends that you haven’t met yet?  This is the site.  Great (and pretty active) posting community where they will help you through a difficult problem or topic.  One word of caution–read the TOS before you go on.  The biggest thing is that they want you to have tried to figure it out a little yourself before posting on it.
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4) Organic Chemistry Test Bank: Shameless self-promotion alert!  We really do have the most comprehensive test bank on the internet.  It is all free (of course) and sorted by semester and difficulty of exam.  Most of the exams have answers too, which makes it a great place to sharpen your test taking skills.Slide2

5) The periodic table explained:  Ok, most of us don’t like to admit that there are elements out there other than C, H, N, O and the halogens….but they do exist.  What happens when you find yourself outside of the universe of atoms we are comfortable operating with?  Go look them up on this periodic table.  Click on any of the atoms and a pop-up will tell you all about it.  Really nice for those moments when you have wondered into the realm of inorganic chemistry.Slide3

6) Organic chemistry name reactions: A rose by any other name would smell as sweet”…true enough.  And yet if you don’t know what that name is, you might be totally in the dark.  That is where this site is helpful.  Should your professor toss out the name of an organic reaction, you can check this site to see what the heck that reaction is and what the mechanism is.  Big help.
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7) Molecule of the day blog: Two downsides here are that this is a little advanced and it has not been updated since 2011.  Two upsides are that it is kinda cool to look at some advanced stuff and figure out how the organic chemistry you know would work on this molecule AND (let’s be honest) undergraduate organic chemistry has not changed that much since 2011 so I think you’ll be fine.  Nice to look at some advanced chemistry to see how your knowledge can be used to understand something that has real life applicability.
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So there you have it.  I wouldn’t go to these sites everyday, but it is a good way to take a peed at some really helpful stuff and see chemistry from a viewpoint other than your professor’s…..and they’re all FREE!!
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Helpful Chemistry Site of the Week.

Today’s site of the week is www.chemicalforums.com.  I have been a part of this site for a while, and have been pretty impressed with it so far.  Once you register, you can post chemistry questions for the experts to answer.  The experts are extremely knowledgable, and you get a bunch of responses in a very short time.  Great resource for the undergrad who wants a quick answer to a topic that has eluded them to this point.  An even better resource for the grad student who wants to run a research idea by a 10,000 lb brainiac.

This site gets 4.5 beakers out of 5.

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Organic Chemistry Site of the Week–a Japanese spectral database

I don’t know if anyone has G4, the videogame network, on their cable system.  I am not going to get into it, but suffice it to say, they have a show called Ninja Warrior on it, and it is awesome.  Here is a clip of it from YouTube.  Bad ass.

 Anywho, it got me to thinking about all of the wonderful contributions to science the people from that nice little island have made to science.  So this post is a tribute to them.  The site a Japanese site that has a ton of spectra of organic molecules.  You can type in a compound name or formula and it will give you a 13C, 1H, IR and/or MS of that compound.  Useful for undergrads who want to test themselves on compound identification.  Very useful for grad students who want to confirm the presence of a unknown in their reaction.  The site is spectral database.

Good luck and (as always) happy reacting.

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Organic Chemistry Site of the Week–Online Flashcards

So, most of you are probably just starting your organic chemistry II lectures rights now.  It might be a little early to introduce this site, but it is definitlely one of my favs.  It is run by THE (emphasis added) Ohio State University, and consists of organic chemistry flash cards.   I have gone thru them all and they are a great resource.  Check it out, it will be a big help for all undergrad o-chem student.

Good luck and happy reacting.

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Helpful Organic Chemistry Site of the Week

Hey Everybody, so we are in full swing this semester.  If you are in 1st Organic chemistry you should be very familiar with nomenclature, alkanes, cylcoalkanes, and the good-old CHAIR conformation.  In fact, I bet a lot of you have had your first exam.  Nice.  Hope it went well. 

 Anywho, this week’s O-chem helpful site is from the Arizona State University chem department (they are the “Sun Devils”, not the “Scum Devils”).  It is a site full of organic chem practice tests, with the correct answers.  They cover most of the major topics in 1st and 2nd semester classes.  Well worth bookmarking this and going back once a week or so to quiz yourself.

The site is:  http://www.asu.edu/courses/chm332/problems.html

Happy Reacting!

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Helpful Chemistry Site of the Week

This week’s site is www.AceOrganicChem.com.  I was surfing their site and found out that they are the ONLY site on the web that offers live, totally online tutoring and final exam review seminars.  It is actually an ingenius idea to get students organic chemistry help.  Using a webmeeting software, they tutor you on whatever topics in organic chemistry that you want.  Final exam review seminars start at $8/hour, private tutoring is a little more expensive.  They also have a Best of the Web Resources page which isn’t too bad. 

 Professional help for this cheap a price is not easy to come by.  I imagine that this would be very helpful for the college student who does not have easy access to a good tutor. 

 The site is www.AceOrganicChem.com, give it a peek sometime. 

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Helpful chemistry site of the week

Today’s site of the week is www.chemicalforums.com.  I have been a part of this site for a while, and have been pretty impressed with it so far.  Once you register, you can post chemistry questions for the experts to answer.  The experts are extremely knowledgable, and you get a bunch of responses in a very short time.  Great resource for the undergrad who wants a quick answer to a topic that has eluded them to this point.  An even better resource for the grad student who wants to run a research idea by a 10,000 lb brainiac.

This site gets 4.5 beakers out of 5.

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