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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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Substitution and elimination reactions
SN1, SN2, E1, E2, nucleophiles, nucleophilicity, basicity
All content in “Substitution and elimination reactions”

Nucleophilicity and basicity

In this tutorial, Sal discusses the difference between nucleophilicity and basicity.

Elimination reactions

In this tutorial, Sal explains the difference between an E1 and an E2 elimination reaction.


In this tutorial, Sal compares the differences between SN1, SN2, E1, and E2 reactions.

Sn1 and Sn2

In this tutorial, Jay covers the definitions of nucleophile/electrophile, The Schwartz Rules (may the Schwartz be with you!), and the differences between SN1 and SN2 reactions.


In this tutorial, Jay discusses the strength of a nucleophile and the differences between SN1, SN2, E1, and E2 reactions.