Organic Names—Prefixes

Preparing an organic chemistry unit and not quite sure where to begin? A prefixes activity can get you off to a good start! Nomenclature novices pair up the formulas of common organic prefixes with their names using interactive puzzles—a great, engaging way to teach the concept.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Display examples of each prefix using common organic compounds
  • Draw the phenyl group on the board so the class learns to associate the name with the shape
Classroom Considerations

  • The introductory nature of the resource makes it suitable for younger learners
  • Arrange for individual computer use to complete the activity
Pros

  • The resource uses both chemistry and reasoning skills to reinforce the content
  • Users can check their progress as they work each puzzle
Cons

  • None