Alkanes, cycloalkanes, and functional groups

The properties of organic molecules depend on the structure, and knowing the names of organic compounds allow us to communicate with other chemists. We'll be learning about different aspects of molecular structure, including common functional groups and conformations.

Do you speak the language of organic chemistry? Nomenclature running rings around you? Feel like the victim of a vicious cycle? In this tutorial, we will learn how to be fluent in naming alkanes, cycloalkanes, and bicyclic compounds.

Feeling unsure about conformations? If you need a little more perspective on alkanes, try looking at them from Newman’s point of view. The result might leave you feeling more stable.

The chemistry of every organic compound is determined by the functional groups it contains. In this tutorial, we put the fun back into identifying functional groups!