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Welcome to OCHeM.com

OCHeM.com is designed to provide additional resources for students enrolled in Organic Chemistry. From the star student to the struggling sophomore, online help is just a click away. The following is an introduction to the features of this page (accessable using the buttons in the sidebar on the left).

Introduction: Clicking this button brings you back to this page.

Webcards: Without a doubt, organic chemistry involves lots of memorization. Many students make their own notecards to aid in memorizing organic reactions. Using the Shockwave plug-in, we provide an electronic version of notecards that is sure to help students who like to learn reactions in this way.

Tutorials: Organic Chemistry is a visual science. The three-dimensional nature of OChem is sometimes difficult to grasp within the confines of a chalkboard or the pages of a book. Using the Shockwave plug-in, this section provides several tutorials on topics spanning both semesters of OChem. Two types of tutorials are provided. One type uses the Shockwave plug-in and provides text narrative along with animation to cover the material. The second type are in the QuickTime movie format. They are more like mini-lectures and contain voice narration. If you had trouble understanding a particular lecture or chapter in your text, these tutorials may provide additional insight.

Practice Q's: This section provides students with problems of higher difficulty along with answers keys for you to check your work. You should only attempt these problems after you've done several from your textbook.

In The Lab: OChem lab is full of specialized techniques and challenges. Wouldn't it be great to see a technique performed before you arrived for lab? You would be more knowledgeable and independent and could actually concentrate on the science behind the experiment. This section provides you with Quicktime movies with text tutorials on a variety of laboratory techniques.

Old Exams: The author of this web site is a chemistry professor at the Claremont Colleges in Southern California. Samples of past exams are provided here and are categorized by textbook used and chapters covered.

Career Corner: This section holds helpful advice for students who wish to pursue careers in chemistry or health-related fields. Included are a Premedical Careers Handbook and a Graduate School Handbook.

Resources: This section provides links to additional web sites that are dedicated to organic chemistry instruction. There are also special sections with links for premed students and students thinking about going on to graduate school in chemistry.