Naming organic compounds (aka IUPAC Nomenclature) will show up early in Organic Chemistry 1 and will follow you for the remainder of Orgo 1 AND Orgo 2. For example, when you’re asked to react [molecule name] with [molecule name], or to synthesize [molecule name].
If you’re here hoping to learn via practice but don’t yet feel comfortable with naming, let’s take a step back.
- See my in depth guide for Functional Groups – How To Draw, Recognize and Name and download my Functional Groups Cheat Sheet to follow along with.
- Review my 23 video Nomenclature tutorial series, covering everything from the basics of numbering the parent chain all the way to complex functional groups, such as naming carboxylic acids, esters and more.
Part 1 – Warmup
Let’s warm up with a simple set of linear and branched molecules.
If you get stuck, review the first few videos in the nomenclature series.
Part 2 – Naming Alkenes, Alkynes and Branched Chains
Here we take naming organic compounds a step further by adding pi bonds and branched substituents into the molecules.
If you get stuck: Review videos 3-4 and 6-8, as well as Propyl Butyl and Pentyl Branched Substituents
Part 3 – Naming Rings
In this section, we’ll practice naming rings including cyclo and bicycloalkanes.
If you get stuck: Review video 5 in the naming series.
Part 4 – Drawing Organic Molecules
Here we flip the question around. Can you draw the correct organic compounds from the given names?
If you need help with drawing, review Drawing Skeletal Structures as well as Organic Chemistry or Art Class?
Part 5 – Naming Functional Groups
Ready to crank it up to the next level? Let’s practice naming molecules with additional groups on them including halogens and oxygen functional groups.
If you get stuck, review videos 9-15 in the naming series.
Part 6 – Naming Organic Compounds from the Molecular Formula
Professors won’t always draw them out nicely for you. Sometimes you’ll see tricky naming problems where all you have is a string of atoms and numbers. Pay VERY CLOSE attention to the hidden pi bonds and functional groups.
If you get stuck: Review the Skeletal Structures video again to identify what’s hiding in the molecular formula.
Part 7 – Naming Advanced Functional Groups
No nomenclature quiz is complete without advanced functional group naming problems. Pay close attention to functional group priority so you know how to name these molecules.
If you get stuck: Review videos 10-21 in the naming series, along with the Functional Groups Priority Cheat Sheet.
Nomenclature Quiz PDF Solutions
Phew! You survived! How do you feel about nomenclature? No cheating! Make sure you try the entire quiz first.
Ready to see how you did? Click the button below to find out!
For even more nomenclature practice (the expanded quiz) along with the step-by-step video explanations for this and the expanded quiz, come join me in the Organic Chemistry Study Hall.
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