20.2 - Synthetic Routes

The synthesis of an organic compound stems from a readily available starting material via a series of discrete steps. Functional group interconversions are the basis of such synthetic routes.

 Retro-synthesis of organic compounds.

 Deduction of multi-step synthetic routes given starting reagents and the product(s).

This syllabus statement basically just tells you that you need to remember the organic reactions and mechanisms from topic 10.2 and 20.1 and be able to use them to make organic compounds.

To help you remember the products and reactants of organic reactions as well as the catalysts and conditions needed, I’ve created some quizlet sets for you.

Reactants and products of organic reactions

Reaction reagents and catalysts

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