Organic Chemistry is a branch of chemistry that deals with the structure of compounds that contain carbon bonds. Apart from Inorganic and Physical Chemistry, we deal here with reactions, structure, and their mechanism.
Most of the students are scared of organic because of mechanisms, intermediates, and confusing reactions. Those students who have their fundamentals clear found organic very interesting. This post contains tips and strategies about how an individual can tackle Organic Chemistry.
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Tips to Master Organic Chemistry in B.Sc
Organic Chemistry is not a subject to memorize. It is more like understanding. Your Basic concepts and Fundamental should be very strong if you want to make a good command in Organic. Unlike Physical and Inorganic, you don’t have to mug up theory, instead try to understand it.
A B.Sc Student, who don’t have a very good grasp in Organic, must go for the basics first. He/She should pick up the Class 11th and 12th Organic Chemistry Books, and start to read and comprehend it patiently. Let’s check out the 5 pro tips to master organic so, that understanding organic becomes a cakewalk for you.
1. Don’t Mug of Organic Chemistry
As I always said, Organic is more about understanding than grasping. Read out each topic very patiently and try to understand what’s going on. After you have finished a topic, do practice questions for the same so that the topic becomes clearer to you. Another thing is that, whenever you confront with any kind of mechanism, always understand what basic fundamental has been applied. The more your basics are clear, the more your interest will arise in organic.
2. Always Maintain Sequence in Organic Chemistry
Always try to maintain order while studying organic chemistry. Maintaining order means that you don’t have to directly jump to any chapters. In Organic, most of the chapters are interrelated to each other. While in Inorganic or Physical you can start with any of the chapters without concern about the sequence. For example, you can start with D Block or coordination compounds, it actually doesn’t matter. But in Organic, it’s not the case. Before jumping to Carboxylic Acids, Aldehydes & Ketones, and Amines you should be well-versed in General Organic Chemistry.
3. Learn Basic of Organic Chemistry
All the basic concepts like Inductive Effect, Mesomeric Effect, Resonance Effect, Hyperconjugation, Electromeric Effect, Carbocation, Carbanions, Carbenes, Homolytic Cleavage, Heterolytic Cleavage, ESR, and NSR should be clear beforehand. If you are well versed in these topics, then half the problem of your mechanism will be sorted out. For B.Sc students, the two chapters that are most important for organic are- Structure & Bonding and Organic Reaction & Mechanism.
4. Write Structures & Mechanism Over and Over Again
The more structures & Mechanisms you will write of your own, the more your confidence will boost. Try to learn structures & their IUPAC names. For this, you can take help from Class 11th & 12th textbooks.
5. Use Good Books for Organic Chemistry
Always use good books for Organic Chemistry. Some of the good books of organic are – Arun Bhal, B.S. Bhal & G.D. Tuli and R.L. Madan , A Textbook of Organic Chemistry. We have discussed in detail about all the important books of organic chemistry, which you can check out from the below article-
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