EDUCATION: Organic Tutor

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Science  19 Oct 2001:
Vol. 294, Issue 5542, pp. 483
DOI: 10.1126/science.294.5542.483b

Despite the title, Organic Chemistry Help is not exclusively for frantic students cramming for final exams. Written in straightforward style, this introductory Web text can also serve as a quick refresher if, say, you've forgotten the difference between alkanes and alkenes or can't recall the details of the Friedel-Crafts alkylation. Brisk pages cover the structure, properties, and nomenclature of the major classes of organic molecules and explain common reaction mechanisms. The author, a chemistry student at Frostburg State University in Maryland, also provides tips on synthesis techniques, practice tests, and rated links to other chem sites.

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