Why nomenclature is so important for organic chemistry students

Why nomenclature is so important for organic chemistry students

As an organic chemistry student, organic chemistry IUPAC nomenclature will be one of the first topics you encounter. But just because it comes first, doesn’t mean that you can simply tackle it and move on. Learning how to name organic compounds is the foundation upon which your entire organic chemistry knowledge will be based.

Much of organic chemistry is about reactions, mechanisms and products. But you will be asked about nomenclature every step of the way.

  • Name the product of this reaction
  • React  ‘molecule name’ with ‘other molecule name’
  • Draw a complex multiple-functional-group product

Knowing how important your naming skills are to this course, you need to come up with a simple yet logical approach to naming even the most complex organic compound while taking into account all the different molecular prefixes, chain types, substituents, functional groups and more.

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