Cynthia Liu

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Chemistry Tutoring: Explaining Greek Symbols in Organic Chemistry

Posted by Cynthia Liu on 2/17/16 9:00 AM

Chemistry uses a lot of esoteric notations, so here is a short series to act as a guide to the use of Greek letter in different contexts in organic chemistry.

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Guide to Deciphering Chemistry Arrows

Posted by Cynthia Liu on 7/22/15 10:30 AM


Come on, it can't be that hard... can it? [image source: Hunger Games

Chemistry is confusing enough with IUPAC nomenclature procedures to know, and the difference between E/Z and cis/trans alkene descriptions, and so many other new terms, models, units, and symbols. But the most common and important symbol in chemistry is the arrow.

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The Basics of Retrosynthesis

Posted by Cynthia Liu on 5/16/15 10:44 AM

No…not that kind of retro.

People often dismiss organic chemistry as “all memorization”. I disagree – organic chemistry is just a series puzzles based on a few basic concepts (electronics, sterics, orbitals) that come together to answer almost any problem you might encounter on your homework or tests.

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