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    Hi!

    I am just about to finish school for the Christmas holidays. BUT as I am in IB I must of course spend the whole time studying, as everyone knows that IB students combust after 20 minutes without work.

    I'm in Chemistry SL and I'm fairly horrible at it. As a lovely Christmas present, our teacher told us to learn how to name organic compounds. I have no idea how to do this...all I have is a 22-page list of names I can't pronounce.

    Is there any rhyme or reason behind the organic chem thing or do I need to just get after memorizing the 22 pages? Is there some method that I should use? Do you have any online resources to recommend?

    Thanks so much!
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    Unfortunatley there is no easy way, I think organic chemistry is a language, and you can't really understand it until you sit there and learn it. It will come with practice though, I assume you mean naming as in naming aldehydes, ketones, etc. This website got me through AS organic chemistry http://www.chemguide.co.uk/
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    There are rules for organic compounds and they're not too bad at all. It all works systematically, so you just need to logically work through the molecule to name it.

    --> This should provide you with a nice primer on how to name organic molecules http://www.chemguide.co.uk/basicorg/...ons/names.html

    After that, practice and then have a look at this. This is relatively advanced in the A level but extends on the previous link

    http://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&q=...Lv5C77uA&pli=1
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    This is fundamentally important. My Chemistry SL exam in May had a MANDATORY NAMING ORGANIC CHEMISTRY QUESTION ON PAPER TWO. And that's probably one of the ways I failed that paper and why I had to study extra extra hard for paper three (which I got a 7 in!)

    It's yucky stuff, but be really really good at it. If you don't have the Oxford Study Guide for Chemistry and a really good textbook, get one.
 
 
 
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