Aldol reaction mechanisms are long and tedious! Once you’ve mastered the aldol addition/condensation mechanism you need a faster way to predict products. You also need to be able to identify starting molecules from a given product.
This video shows you my 1-2-3 trick for quickly identifying aldol condensation products as well as using the products to identify starting aldehydes and ketones.
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