Functional groups are one of the first and often intimidating topic in organic chemistry. Mastering organic chemistry is important if you’re a chemistry, health, or bio major. However, it is hard to find a quick and concise summary of those. So, many students end up making a version of their own functional group chart. Well, we’re not an exception, so we’ve made our version. In our version of the organic chemistry functional groups chart we summarize the type, name, spectral properties, and typical reactions of the functional groups.
You can find the full version of this cheat sheet as a part of our Essential Cheat-Sheet Collection, Spectroscopy Collection, or the Comprehensive Organic Chemistry Bundle. As a bonus to the functional groups, we’ve added common groups that you’ll encounter in your organic chemistry course. So, you can also focus on the proper names of those as well.
How to best use the Organic Chemistry Functional Groups cheat sheet?
There are two things that we recommend you do. One, print it out and add it to your binder so you have a quick reference when you’re working on the homework or when you teacher references one of those in class. Two, print out a few more copies (2 pages on the same side) and put it all around your room/apartment/house, so that you’re forced to look at the list of the functional groups, names, and their properties no matter where you turn your head! This way, you’ll memorize the list in no time and become a true master of organic chemistry functional groups!
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