Naming Organic Compounds Tutorial Video Series

Organic Chemistry Functional Groups Cheat Sheet

Organic Chemistry Functional Groups Cheat Sheet

Nomenclature, or the naming of organic compounds, is a key requirement in any organic chemistry course. You will start out with the basics, being tested on naming molecules and drawing molecules from a given name.

But it doesn’t stop there. As you proceed with your organic chemistry course you will be tested on reactions and mechanisms, but may find yourself faced with the name of a molecule instead of its drawing. No matter how many times you practiced a mechanism, if you don’t know your starting molecule, you won’t be able to answer related questions.

Despite the importance of nomenclature, this topic is often rushed in the orgo curriculum and textbook. That’s why I created this 21-video series (linked below) to take you through naming step by step using my Puzzle Piece Approach. This will help you find patterns and see the logic with every additional concept and rule.

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Included in this series:

  1. Pre-Naming Video – Organic Chemistry Functional Groups
  2. Introduction To IUPAC Nomenclature
  3. Naming Straight Chain Alkanes
  4. Naming Branched Chain Alkanes
  5. Naming Branched Substituents – isopropyl, isobutyl, tertbutyl and more
  6. Naming Cycloalkanes and Bicyclo Alkanes
  7. Naming Alkenes
  8. Naming Alkynes
  9. Naming Enynes (alkene + alkyne on same compound)
  10. Naming Alkyl Halides
  11. Naming Alcohols
  12. Naming Thiols
  13. Naming Ethers
  14. Naming Epoxides and Oxiranes
  15. Naming Aldehydes
  16. Naming Ketones
  17. Naming Carboxylic Acids
  18. Naming Esters
  19. Naming Amines
  20. Naming Amides
  21. Naming Aromatic Compounds (+ Benzene v Phenyl)
  22. Naming Ortho Meta and Para Substituents on Benzene

Pre-Naming Video – Organic Chemistry Functional Groups

Organic chemistry functional groups video by leah fischNaming organic compounds first requires a thorough understanding of organic chemistry functional groups.

This video will take you through all the common groups along with tips and mnemonics to help you recognize and differentiate between the tricky ones.

Functional Groups Practice Quiz – Coming Soon!

Video 1 – Introduction To IUPAC Nomenclature

Nomenclature Tutorial Video 1 introduction to iupac namingThe rules for naming organic compounds are tedious and can become overwhelming fast. The first video in my naming series shows you how to break down the name of an organic molecule using my ‘puzzle piece approach’.

This video is a MUST for breaking down nomenclature in a simple and fun-to-solve manner.

Video 2 – Naming Straight Chain Alkanes

Nomenclature Tutorial Video 2 straight chain alkanesThe simplest organic molecule consists of a carbon chain with single bound hydrogen atoms. This video shows you how to tackle the first part of the naming puzzle by teaching you how to name and recognize a simple or straight-chain alkane.

Practice examples include straight chain alkanes presented in condensed molecular formula, structural formula, and line or skeletal structure.

Video 3 – Naming Branched Chain Alkanes

Nomenclature Tutorial Video 3 branched chain alkanesThe first level of complexity for naming organic compounds comes from the addition of a ‘branch’ or carbon substituent. This videos teaches you how to tackle molecules with one or more alkyl substituents/branches.

Examples vary from single substituent to multiple of the same and varied branches.

Video 4 – Naming Branched Substituents – isopropyl, isobutyl, tertbutyl and more

Nomenclature Tutorial Video 4 isopropyl isobutyl tertbutylIn addition to naming branched alkanes, you may find yourself faced with a molecule containing a branched branch, or simply a substituent containing its own substituents.

While these branched branches are tricky to name, there are accepted ‘shortcuts’ explained in this video including examples containing ispropyl, isobutyl, secbutyl and tert butyl substituents.

Video 5 – Naming Cycloalkanes and Bicyclo Alkanes

Nomenclature Tutorial Video 5 cycloalkanes and bicyclo alkanesCycloalkanes are simply organic molecules in which the first and last carbon of the chain are fused. These molecules follow the same naming pattern with a few differences.

However, when faced with more than one fused ring, the naming pattern changes drastically.

This video takes you through the examples with step-by-step explanations for naming single and fused, and substituted cyclic organic compounds.

Video 6 – Naming Alkenes

Nomenclature Tutorial Video 6 alkenesA single pi bond introduced into the organic compound calls for a slight change in the naming pattern.

This video shows you how to name organic compounds containing one or more double bonds while still following my ‘puzzle piece’ approach.

Video 7 – Naming Alkynes

Nomenclature Tutorial Video 7 alkynesWhen your organic compound contains two pi bonds between the same set of carbon atoms you have an alkyne. Naming an alkyne is no different compared to naming alkenes, with a slight change in the ‘last name’ of the molecule.

This video shows you how to tackle triple-bond bond naming with a few step by step examples.


Video 8 – Naming Enynes (alkene + alkyne on same compound)

Nomenclature Tutorial Video 8 enynesIf a molecule contains just alkenes or just alkynes, the naming follows the rules discussed in the above two videos.

But what do you do when the molecule in question contains both an alkene and an alkyne on the same compound?

This is explained with a few examples in the ene + yne = enyne video.

* Organic Chemistry Functional Groups *

Videos 1-8 focus on the naming basics, videos 9-21 focus on naming functional groups that show up within organic compounds. If you’re not fully confident with the name or structure of the different functional groups – grab my FREE Organic Chemistry Functional Groups Cheat Sheet

Video 9 – Naming Alkyl Halides

Nomenclature Tutorial Video 9 alkyl halides

Video 10 – Naming Alcohols

Nomenclature Tutorial Video 10 alcohols

Video 11 – Naming Thiols

Nomenclature Tutorial Video 11 thiols

Video 12 – Naming Ethers

Nomenclature Tutorial Video 12 ethers

Video 13 – Naming Epoxides and Oxiranes

Nomenclature Tutorial Video 13 epoxides

Video 14 – Naming Aldehydes

Nomenclature Tutorial Video 14 aldehydes

Video 15 – Naming Ketones

Nomenclature Tutorial Video 15 ketones

Video 16 – Naming Carboxylic Acids

Nomenclature Tutorial Video 16 carboxylic acids

Video 17 – Naming Esters

Nomenclature Tutorial Video 17 esters

Video 18 – Naming Amines

Nomenclature Tutorial Video 18 amines

Video  19 – Naming Amides

Nomenclature Tutorial Video 19 amides

Video 20 – Naming Aromatic Compounds (+ Benzene v Phenyl)

Nomenclature Tutorial Video 20 aromatics

Video 21 – Naming Ortho Meta and Para Substituents on Benzene

Nomenclature Tutorial Video 21 ortho meta para

This concludes my series on Naming Organic Compounds. I cover even more naming practice in my membership site. Click HERE for the Organic Chemistry Study Hall