Organic Chemistry Course Notes Archive
A project of the organic chemistry students of Steve Hardinger and UCLA

Many thanks to all the students who have contributed to this archive!

Presented here are course notes written by students for students. They are "the best of the best." Use them as a bridge between lecture, the Thinkbook and the textbook.

Lecture notes may refer to specific pages in the text or Thinkbook. Because these resources change (especially the Thinkbook), the specific page numbers may no longer be valid.

These notes may contain some errors, so beware! Because these notes are generated by students, they are not eligible for Error Bounty Extra Credit.

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Submission for the Chemistry 14C and Chemistry 14D notes archive are not currently being accepted, but other extra credit is available. Check the course web page.

Review Topics
      Chemistry 14C      
Chemistry 14D
Functional Groups

Introduction and Review

Ionic Substitution - SN2
version 1      version 2


Ionic Substitution - SN1
Hybrid Orbitals

Conjugated Molecules

Elimination Reactions
version 1      version 2

Introduction to Aromaticity
version 1      version 2

Addition to Carbon - Carbon Pi Bonds
Conformations of Acyclic Molecules
version 1      version 2

version 1      version 2      version 3

Electrophilic Aromatic Substitution
version 1     version 2     version 3
Conformations of Cyclic Molecules

No notes for this topic.

version 1      version 2

Mass Spectrometry
No notes for this topic.

Carbonyl Chemistry - Fundamentals
version 1      version 2      version 3      version 4

Infrared Spectroscopy

Carbonyl Chemistry - Reactions and Mechanisms

1H-NMR Spectroscopy
version 1      version 2      version 3

Enolates, Enols, and Enamines

13C-NMR, 2D-NMR and MRI

Organic Chemistry of Pharmaceuticals

Solving Spectroscopy Problems
No notes for this topic.

Drug Development: Discovery to Market

X-ray Diffraction

Noncovalent Molecular Forces
version 1      version 2

Structure and Reactivity: Acids and Bases


Amino Acids, Peptides and Proteins

Nucleotides and Nucleic Acids