Diels Alder Reaction Mechanism and Product Trick Vid 1

Diels Alder Reaction Mechanism Video by Leah Fisch (2)The diels alder reaction can come in many forms. You’ll be faced with confusing reactants and complex products. The first step to mastering this reaction is to truly understand the diels alder mechanism and pattern. This video breaks down the reaction then shows you my trick for quickly identifying products from any reactant, and the reactants from a given product.

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This is video 1 in the Diels Alder video series. Click HERE to watch the entire series. 


  1. I like how you started numbering the molecule. I personally see things better with numbering…(except for me, I just replace a and b with just 5 and 6 to make the full 6-membered ring). 🙂 Thank you for your video!

    • Leah4sci says

      Jay I used to number with 5 and 6 but then what do you do when your diene is a cyclohexadiene? I prefer to use numbers for the diene and letters for the dienophile

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