Organic Chemistry Study Notes, Summaries, and Cheat Sheets
Have you always been dreaming of concise, well written, meticulously color-coded, and carefully designed organic chemistry study notes but never had time to make those on your own? I know the feeling! You probably already know that good organic chemistry notes are essential for passing organic chemistry. Can you imagine not having to worry about making those notes and spending time actually learning? Organic chemistry classes are fast-paced and keeping up with you instructor during the lecture is a challenge on its own. So, if you’re trying to keep up the lecture, then when are you going to have time to organize your notes? Sooner or later you will miss something in class simply due to how fast the teacher is flying through the topics and examples. Then, what happens when you don’t see the mechanism you need in your notes while working on a homework problem? What happens when you are doing the review for the test and re not sure if you’ve gove over everything you need to know? Can you imagine how stressful that would be?
I’ve been teaching organic chemistry for over 15 years and these notes are the result of my teaching experience and the content knowledge. These notes helped hundreds of students all over the world, students who are just like you are doing their best to master organic chemistry. Over the years, I learned what your instructor is likely to ask on the test. Thus I put the things that you need to know to ace your class in these organic chemistry summaries neatly organized in a logical way. You can literally print these notes and go with them to your lectures and take time to listen and follow with the material! Then just add your own example of reactions here and there and you’re done!
or choose specific organic chemistry topics that you want:
Organic Chemistry Essentials
This is the essential must-have bare-bones for any organic chemistry students who’s planning on acing their test!
- Functional Groups
- Red-Ox Reactions
- Stereochemistry Fundamentals
- Substitution and Elimination Decision Chart
- Reactions of Alcohols
- Reactions of Alkenes
- Reactions of Alkynes
- Reactions of Aromatic Compounds
- Reactions of Aldehydes and Ketones
- Reactions of Carboxylic Acids
- Reactions of Carboxylic Acids Derivatives
Total of 22 pages of the most essential must-knows in organic chemistry!
It can be a real nightmare to keep track of all those reducing and oxidizing agents, what they do, what they react with, and what they don’t! I’ve put together a quick summary/cheat-sheet with your typical reducing and oxidizing agents that you’re bound to see in your organic chemistry course.
Since this is a small set and it is quite essential for any organic chemistry student, I added it to the “Essentials” set, so you’ll get this one when you purchase the “Organic Chemistry Essentials” above.
Total 4 pages of detailed notes
Good spectroscopy notes and cheat-sheets are a must-have for any organic chemistry student out there!
- Infrared Spectroscopy
- Splitting patterns
- Complex splitting
- Shielding effects
- Special cases
Total 14 pages of detailed notes on all major types of spectroscopy that you’re bound to see in your organic chemistry course!
Bonding and Resonance
This set of summary notes goes over the fundamental concepts of bonding in organic chemistry that is absolutely essential for understanding of organic chemistry mechanisms and reactivity.
- Common Bonding Patterns in Organic Chemistry
- VSEPR Theory and 3D Shapes
- Molecular Orbitals
- Curved-Arrow Formalism
- Resonance Structures
- …and more!
Total 10 pages of detailed study notes on bonding and resonance in organic molecules!
Stereochemistry is a fundamental topic in organic chemistry. This is a detailed set of notes going over the most important topics in stereochemistry to help you ace your exams!
- Types of Isomers
- Stereochemical Drawings
- Meso Compounds
- Newman and Fischer Projections
- Cahn-Ingold-Prelog Priority Rules
- Stereochemical Descriptors
- Stereochemical Description of Reactions
- Stereochemical Resolution of Enantiomers
Total 9 pages of detailed notes on stereochemistry of organic molecules
Substitution and Elimination Reactions
Substitutions (SN1 and SN2) and Eliminations (E1 and E2) are the four most common mechanisms in organic chemistry.
- Unimolecular Substitution SN1
- Unimolecular Elimination E1
- Bimolecular Substitution SN2
- Intramolecular Substitution Reactions (Cyclizations)
- Bimolecular Elimination E2
- Factors Influencing the Rate and Stereochemistry of the Substitution and Elimination Reactions
Total 11 pages of detailed organic chemistry notes
Reactions of Alkenes
Are you looking for full curved-arrow mechanisms and stereochemistry of reactions of alkenes? These are the notes for you!
- Catalytic Hydrogenation of Alkenes
- Halogenation of Alkenes
- Oxyhalogenation and Alkcoxyhalogenation of Alkenes
- Hydrohalogenation, Catalytic Hydration, and Addition of Alcohols to Alkenes
- Anti-Markovnikov Radical Hydrohalogenation of Alkenes
- Oxymercuration-Reduction and Alkoxymercuration of Alkenes
- Hydroboration-Oxidation of Alkenes
- Alkene Epoxidation
- Ozonolysis of Alkenes
- Dihydroxylation of Alkenes
- Cyclopropanation of Alkenes
Total 16 pages of detailed organic chemistry study notes
Reactions of Alkynes
Alkynes are very similar to alkenes in their reactivity. They do, however, show additional reactivity which is a must-know for any final in organic chemistry,
- Catalytic Hydrogenation of Alkynes
- Nucleophilic Reactions of Acetylenic Anions
- Reduction of Alkynes with Sodium and Liquid Ammonia
- Hydration of Alkynes
- Hydroboration-Oxidation of Alkynes
- Ozonolysis of Alkynes
- Halogenation of Alkynes
- Hydrohalogenation and Alkoxyhalogenation of Alkynes
- Hydrohalogenation of Alkynes
- Free-Radical Hydrohalogenation of Alkynes
Total 16 pages of detailed organic chemistry study notes
Reactions of Alcohols
Alcohol functional group is incredibly versatile and useful for organic synthesis. You are definitely going to see reactions of alcohols on your final.
- Acid-Base Properties of Alcohols
- Reactions of Alcoxides
- Acid-Catalyzed E1 Dehydration
- E2 Dehydration
- Substitution Reactions with Hydrogen Halides
- Alcohol “Activation” with Sulfonyl Esters
- Conversion of Alcohols into Alkyl Halides
- Oxidative Cleavage of Vicinal Diols
- Oxidation of Alcohols to Aldehydes, Ketones, and Carboxylic Acids
Total 15 pages of detailed organic chemistry study notes
Aromatic Compounds Set
Aromatic Compounds & Aromaticity
This is a quick summary organic chemistry notes going over the phenomenon of aromaticity.
- Huckel’s Rules of Aromaticity
- Must-Know Aromatic Compounds
- Nomenclature of Aromatic Compounds
- Molecular Orbitals of Aromatic Compounds
- Frost Cycle Molecular Orbital Diagrams
- Polycyclic Aromatic Compounds
Total 4 pages of detailed organic chemistry notes
This notes is included in the “Reactions of Aromatic Compounds” download below. You’ll get a download link for the both when you purchase it.
Reactions of Aromatic Compounds
Detailed notes on reactions of aromatic compounds including a complete curved-arrow mechanisms for all reactions, director effects, and related reactions.
- Electrophilic Halogenation
- Friedel Crafts Alkylation and Acylation
- Sulfonation and Nitration
- Birch Reduction
- Nucleophilic Aromatic Substitution:
- elimination-addition (benzyne chemistry)
- Benzylic Oxidation
- Reactions of the Diazonium Salts
Total 16 pages of detailed organic chemistry notes
Bonus: Aromatic Compounds and Aromaticity summary notes (see description above).
Reactions of Aldehydes and Ketones
Aldehydes and Ketones are a typical topic in the second semester organic chemistry.
- Reduction with Hydrogen on Heterogeneous Catalyst
- Reduction with Complex Metal Hydrides
- Wolff-Kishner and Clemmensen Reduction
- Reduction of Thioacetals
- Reactions with Grignard and Organolithium Reagents
- Hemiacetals and Acetal Formation
- Imine and Enamine Formation
- Formation of Cyanohydrins
- Baeyer-Villiger Oxidation
- Oxidation of Aldehydes to Carboxylic Acids
- Witting Olefination
Total 22 pages of detailed organic chemistry notes!
Reactions of Carboxylic Acids
Carboxylic acids are incredibly important for both organic chemistry and biochemistry. These notes cover the most important aspects of the carboxylic acids reactivity.
- Acid-Base Properties of Carboxylic Acids
- Fischer Esterification
- Conversion of Carboxylic Acids into Acid Halides
- Formation of Acid Anhydrides
- Reduction with LAH and Boranes
- Hell-Volhard-Zelinsky (HVZ) Reaction
- Thermal Decarboxylation of Carboxylic Acids
- Formation of Amides via Thermal Dehydration, Acid Chlorides, and Carbodiimide Coupling
- Nucleophilic Reactions of Carboxylate Anions
- Carboxylic Acid Functional Group Transformation Network
Total 18 pages of detailed organic chemistry study notes!
Frequently Asked Questions:
- Do you have full curved-arrow mechanisms write-ups in your organic chemistry notes?
- Do your organic chemistry notes follow any specific textbook? Will they fit my course?
I do not follow any specific textbook. What I do follow is a typical introductory (sophomore) organic chemistry curriculum. This makes my notes truly universal. I also tend to include additional details to make them more comprehensive.
- How are your organic chemistry notes formatted? Can I have them on my phone for a quick reference?
Yep. These notes come in a pdf format, so they play well with any type of computer or phone you have.
- What is the best way to use the organic chemistry notes?
I purposefully design these notes to be printed so you can add them to your organic chemistry binder. Each reaction/concept takes exactly one or two pages, so you can print out only the pages you need without having to worry about awkward breaks. It takes me over an hour on average to design and draft each page. I do this work so you don’t have to! This way you can use these organic chemistry notes as a “blueprint” for your own study notes and review summaries.