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The first two pages of this resource may not be useful as they contain a narrative as to how someone can improve their grade on an organic chemistry exam. The final page, however, contains four sample MCAT exam questions. You could use this page as a pop quiz for your emerging organic chemists, or simply distribute it as practice for the MCAT. Problems address isomer structure, carbocation, reactivity, and more.
Practice makes the concepts of naming much easier. Here, Sal runs through 5 even more complicated examples, while encouraging viewers to do the same. The main development explained here is the addition of multiple types of side chains to different areas of the main decane chain. The systematic way that Sal works through the example makes for a very logical sequence that is very helpful.
In this naming hydrocarbons worksheet, high schoolers are given a table of the prefixes used for naming hydrocarbons based on the number of carbon atoms and their location. They then practice naming ten hydrocarbon compounds using the rules of naming and the chart of prefixes.
Framed as an organic chemistry practice test, this resource could be used for a variety of purposes. Composed of 15 questions about organic compounds such as isomers, alkynes, alkenes and amines, and other topics related to organic chemistry, this could be used as a test, a review, an in-class activity, or a homework assignment. Answers are provided.
This in-depth organic chemistry lab walks learners through an investigation of the effect of initiator concentration on the resulting molecular weight of polystyrene. It is important that you use this activity with experienced chemistry learners as they will synthesize polystyrene several times and calculate efflux time and viscosity. Ideally you would use this when teaching your class about polymerization.
This lab activity is geared toward experienced chemistry learners, in particular, those who are familiar with organic chemistry. They will create a synthetic elastomer and then make observations and measurements of its different properties. Place this into your curriculum when teaching about polymers.
This organic chemistry lab activity is appropriate for teaching polymerization, percent yield, melting point, or the types and uses of polymer materials. Chemistry pupils imagine that they are working for a company to develop a special polymer and then work in the lab to synthesize nylon. The teacher page offers very little instruction, but since the student lab handout is thorough, it provides enough for you to carry this lesson out in your advanced or organic chemistry class.
Advanced chemistry classes compare the polymerization of styrene using two different initators: benzoyl peroxide and aluminum chloride. Once they synthesize polystyrene, they compare the two producet for melting point and density. There are not a lot of teacher's notes included, but the lab sheet for learners is explanatory. This is a terrific lab activity for AP classes or those studying organic chemistry.
Junior chemists manufacture biodiesel in the lab. In this exercise, they check the purity of the biodiesel using thin layer chromatography. They also calculate its density and heat of combustion. They are sure to rise to the challenge and also become more aware of tomorrow's technology!