Acids and Bases in Organic Chemistry

Acids and Bases in Organic ChemistryAcids and bases are crucial when it comes to organic chemistry.

Not those crazy ice charts and pKa calculations. At the organic chemistry level you will be asked to differentiate and rank acids and bases by looking at their molecular structure and comparing their reactions.

This shows up early in Orgo 1 when you learn the material, then again when ranking the reactivity of bases in elimination reactions, and again in Orgo 2 when studying stability of complex molecules.

AsĀ an orgo tutor I am often frustrated by the manner in which this material is taught. My students come to me all confused with data they memorized but don’t understand. And so I created what I hope is a complete resource to help you really GET acids and bases.

Be sure to watch each video to learn the information, then download my FREE Acid Base Cheat Sheet to take your studies on the go. And when you feel ready, see how you do on my Acid Base Practice Quiz.

Included in this series:

  1. An Introduction to Acids and Bases in Organic Chemistry
  2. A comparison of Arrhenius, Bronsted-Lowry and Lewis Acids
  3. Acid/Base Strength using Ka / pKa / + pure Logic
  4. CARIO C = Charge
  5. CARIO A = Atom
  6. CARIO R = Resonance
  7. I = Induction
  8. O = Orbital

Video 1 – An Introduction to Acids and Bases in Organic Chemistry

introduction to acids and bases in organic chemistry

The first step to ranking acids and bases it to UNDERSTAND acids and bases.

This video takes you through the Arrhenius, Bronsted-Lowry, and Lewis definitions from a logical rather than memorization perspective.

This video also shows you how to recognize the acid/base in a conjugate reaction pair.

Written Tutorial: A comparison of Arrhenius, Bronsted-Lowry and Lewis Acids

Arrhenius Bronsted-Lowry Lewis Acids and Bases

Here’s a quick article to complement the introductory video complete with:

  • Acid/base examples
  • Full acid/base reactions with explanations
  • Mechanisms with electron pushing arrows for acid/base reactions

Video 2- Acid/Base Strength using Ka / pKa / + pure Logic

Ranking Acid Base Strength Using Ka pKa and Logic

This video may very well be the missing link between your textbook and acid/base ranking logic.

Start by learning how to understand ka/pKa/acid strength relationships, then learn about what you REALLY need to understand for strong and weak acids.

5 Factors to Help You Rank Acids and Bases = CARIO

Video 3 CARIO C = Charge

Charge ranking acids and bases in organic chemistry tutorial video

Video 4 CARIO A = Atom

atom size and electronegativity for ranking acid base strength in organic chemistry

Video 5 CARIO R = Resonance

effect of resonance on ranking acids and bases in organic chemistryvideo

Video 6 I = Induction

inductive effect on acid base strength in organic chemistry 1

Video 7: O = Orbital

orbital hybridization on acids and bases organic chemistry leah4sci (2)