This project attempts to present some of the basics of organic chemistry in video lectures. The goal is to provide a talking textbook. Each lecture is divided into short segments for easy reference. The videos, as well as related text, are intended for any student who is interested in learning organic chemistry.

  • Lecture 1 -Introduction
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  • Lecture 2 - Conformation
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  • Lecture 3 - Constitution
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  • Lecture 4 - Configuration
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  • Lecture 5 - Hydrocarbon Rings
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  • Lecture 6 - Stereotopism
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  • Lecture 7 - Carbon Bonding
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  • Lecture 8 - Bonding in Carbon Polyene Systems
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  • Lecture 9 - Basic Ideas of Thermodynamics and Kinetics
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    • 9.01 Simple Application of Gibbs' Equation related text
    • 9.02 Simple Application of Eyring's Equation related text
    • 9.03 Thermodynamic vs. Kinetic Control of a Reaction related text
  • Lecture 10 - Functionality
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    • 10.01 The Concepts Primary, Secondary, Tertiary related text
  • Lecture 11 - Acidity and Basicity
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    • 11.01 Aqueous Acids and Bases - pKA related text
    • 11.02 The Lewis Nucleophile-Electrophile Definition related text
    • 11.03 Avoiding Error When Invoking Aqueous Acids and Bases related text
    • 11.04 Potential Delocalization of an Anion Affects Acidity related text
    • 11.05 Kinetic vs. Thermodynamic (Equilibrium) Acidity related text
    • 11.06 Nucleophilicity vs. Basicity related text
  • Lecture 12 - Oxidation and Reduction: Forms of Writing Reactions
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    • 12.01 Balancing Redox Reactions related text
    • 12.02 Reduction of Alkenes - Forms of Writing Reactions related text
    • 12.03 Oxidation of Alkenes to Oxiranes (Epoxides) related text
    • 12.04 Oxidation of Alkenes to 1,2-Diols (Cis-Oxidation) related text
    • 12.05 Diastereoselectivity in Redox Reactions related text
    • 12.06 Enantioselectivity in Redox Reactions related text
  • Lecture 13 - Bimolecular Nucleophilic Substitution and Elimination Reactions
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  • Lecture 14 - Unimolecular Nucleophilic Substitution and Elimination Reactions
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  • Lecture 15 - Electrophilic Addition to Alkenes
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  • Lecture 16 - Introduction to the Carbonyl Group
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    • 16.01 Introduction to Carbonyl Bonding and Reactivity related text
    • 16.02 Introduction to Carbonyl Nomenclature
    • 16.03 Reaction of the Carbonyl Group with Electrophiles and with Nucleophiles
    • 16.04 Nucleophilic Addition to the Carbonyl Group vs. Nucleophilic Substitution at Carbonyl related text
  • Lecture 17 - Alcohol Synthesis via Nucleophilic Addition to the Carbonyl Group
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    • 17.01 Oxidation Reactions of Alcohols to Carbonyl Derivatives
    • 17.02 Reduction of Aldehydes and Ketones to Alcohols with LiAlH4 and NaBH4 related text
    • 17.03 Grignard Reagents - Nucleophiles for Carbonyl Addition
    • 17.04 A General Synthesis of Alcohols related text
    • 17.05 Synthesis of 3-Hexanol
    • 17.06 Synthesis of 3-Methyl-3-Hexanol related text
    • 17.07 Diastereoselective Alcohol Syntheses and the Possibility of Enantioselective Alcohol Syntheses related text
  • Lecture 18 - Further Nucleophilic Addition Reactions to the Carbonyl Group
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  • Lecture 19 - Nucleophilic Substitution at the Carbonyl Group
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  • Lecture 20 - Consequences of Hydrogen Acidity at Carbonyl a-Carbon - Aldol and Related Reactions
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  • Lecture 21 - Brief Introduction to Carbohydrates
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    • 21.01 Glucaric Acid is Chiral
    • 21.02 Ruff Degradation - Arabaric Acid is Chiral
    • 21.03 Kiliani Synthesis - Glucose and Mannose are C-2 Epimers
    • 21.04 Mannaric Acid is Chiral. Osazones
    • 21.05 Emil Fischer's Solution to the Glucose Problem
    • 21.06 Glucose Exists Predominantly in a Glucopyranose Ring
    • 21.07 Proof of Structure of 2,3,4,6-Tetramethylglucose
    • 21.08 How to Transform the Glucopyranose Structure into itsProper and Conventional Chair Conformational Rendering
    • 21.09 Furanose Rings
    • 21.10 Disaccharides - Lactose
    • 21.11 Polysaccharides - Cellulose and Starch
  • Lecture 22 - Important General Subjects for Review
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    • 22.01 The Concept of Retrosynthetic Analysis
    • 22.02 Writing Mechanisms in Organic Chemistry - The Notational Device of "Curved-Arrow Pushing"
    • 22.03 A Concluding Word

Video and Related Text © 2000, 2002, 2014 Claude E. Wintner