Friday, November 5, 2010
Exam 3 and the final exam are approaching fast. The focus of both of these exams will be on synthesis, which requires you apply all of the organic chemistry you've learned thus far. To help you prepare, I've posted two handouts on the course website File Sharing page (synthesis_689.pdf & synthesis_10112.pdf) that describe common synthetic strategies and provide several synthetic challenges for practice. In order to encourage you to work on these, I am going to pull the synthesis questions for exam 3 and the final exam directly from these two handouts, with no modifications. Start working on them early. Don't procrastinate! And try to have fun. Once you've mastered these synthetic problems, you can finally say you're an organic chemist--if only for a semester.