Organic chemistry

Sal and Jay cover topics covered in college organic chemistry course. Basic understanding of basic high school or college chemistry assumed (although there is some review).
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Alcohols, ethers, epoxides, sulfides

alcohols, ethers, epoxides, thiols, sulfides
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Alcohol nomenclature and properties

It can clean a wound or kill your liver. Some religions ban it, others use it in their sacred rites. Some of the most stupid acts humanity every committed were done under its influence. It is even responsible for some of our births. In this tutorial, Sal and Jay name alcohols and discuss their properties.

Reactions of alcohols

In this tutorial, Jay assigns oxidation states to alcohols, shows an oxidation mechanism using the Jones reagent, shows the formation of nitrate esters from alcohols, and demonstrates how to make alkyl halides from alcohols. Biochemical redox reactions are also discussed.

Synthesis and cleavage of ethers

In this tutorial, Jay shows how to synthesize ethers using the Williamson ether synthesis and how to cleave an ether linkage using acid.

Nomenclature and preparation of epoxides

In this tutorial, Sal and Jay name epoxides. Jay also shows the preparation of epoxides and includes the stereochemistry of the reaction.

Thiols and sulfides

In this tutorial, Jay shows how to prepare sulfides from thiols.