Thinking in three dimensions is one of the most important skills in organic chemistry. Most organic molecules (especially biological molecules) function through and because of their particular three-dimensional shapes. You must be able to translate flat pictures of molecules into three-dimensional models in your mind in order to do well in either organic or biochemistry. In order to develop this skill, you have been asked to purchase a molecular model kit. This series of exercises, aided by online molecular models, will help you learn to use your model kit.
- Structure and Nomenclature
- Using the Molecular
Visions model kit
- Structure and
- Alkanes, alkenes and alkynes
- Stereoisomers: Cis-trans
- Conformation and Newman
- Cyclohexane conformations
- Chiral centers
- Fischer projections
- Rules for manipulating Fischer projections
- Fischer projection exercises
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