Functional groups are key to success in organic chemistry. In order to recognize reactive portions of a molecule, you must first recognize the functional groups that influence reactivity.
But how do you quickly memorize the groups when they look so similar?
This video breaks down the common organic chemistry functional groups to help you understand what to look for along with mnemonics and memory tips.
(Watch on YouTube: Functional Groups. Click CC on bottom right for transcript.)
Links & Resources Mentioned In This Video:
- Functional Groups Study Guide Cheat Sheet
- Need a review on Functional Groups? Functional Groups Practice Quiz
- Pencil trick to identify primary/secondary/tertiary/quaternary groups
- Naming Branched Alkanes
–> Watch Next Video: Introduction To IUPAC Nomenclature
you are ace. thank you for all these, they make orgo achievable
Still relevant and useful! Thank you!
Neil Murphy says
Leah, you are amazing I love how you shown each name had a hint of its function Aminde = for double bond. I can’t wait to watch the next video. Neil Murphy
Akhil kumar says
Thanks a lot, it’s very helpful for me☺
Lorence Goriwodho says
Lorence Goriwodho says
The video on Functional groups is phenomenal, educative,clear and easy to understand l will definitely pass my exams ,many thanks Leah
Thank you so much! This is just amazing and really easy to follow through!
kirti sharma says
Thank you,this video help me to recall all functional group which is really helpful.
I always get the carboxylic acid derivatives mixed up (as well as the ethers and esters). I think I might have everything straight for good 🙂
I watched this video as part of the HW for the AA Workshop. As soon as you said “phenyl”, it hit me: the structure of phenylalanine is just alanine (with is Gly with an additional C) with a phenyl attached to it! Mind. Blown.
Fantastic Leah .. very helpful to assist teaching Chemustry after many years .. I’m a fan
Thank you so very much. I am a year 12 chemistry student in Australia and this is GOLD! I love how just like maths, the language of chemistry is international 🙂
God bless you.
Amazing! This video helped me to identify an ether correctly on my last exam. Leah, you’re a gem.
Gunjan Rana says
Thank you soo much it just saved my life.
Cameron masakolo says
Wow! I just fall in love with organic chemistry…thanks for the help
Nima Sabri says
Leah you are amazing ! Thank you so much
Ayush Ankit says
Which book do you follow? I watched your video and it was a identification of a good teacher. In my country, there is a tough exam held every year which includes the syllabus of chemistry. I can’t watch more videos because it costs lots of data charge. So, please answer the above question.
sungtira khan says
if a carbon atom is bounded to 4 other atoms then under certain conditions it is changed into carbocation.will carbocationchanged its hybridization state from sp3 to sp2 if it happen then how it can be please answer briefly
sungtira khan says
i want to ask a question.if a carbon atom is bounded to four other atoms then under certain conditions it is changed into carbocation.will carbocation changed its hybridization state from sp3 to sp2 if it happen then how it can please reply as soon as possible
A fantastic series of lectures , very clearly presented…Youve got a very easy listening voice as well.
Thank you very much, Paul!
ah….. i m a fan of your explanation Leah…. thank u so much dear.
Selekie M. Kamara says
i would like for the opportunity to improve my skill further.with Leah,chemistry becomes a joke.
Selekie that’s awesome! Hope this means you’re enjoying the material
Mohamed Yahia Alabaidy says
isn’t it ethylmethylamine and of course thanks for that great work
Serah Temai says
it really helpme with my organic chemistry
Glad to hear that, Serah!
Love it, this really helped!
Glad to help!
Clear and listener-friendly 🙂 Thanks
Thank you Stephen!
thanks for helping me
You’re welcome Sakshi
Very helpful! Thank you so much! 🙂
You’re very welcome Tracy
Yes i have seen it while ago☺ very helpful for my assignments☺
This was an extremely helpful , Thank you so much !!!
Glad you found it helpful Caleb
Thank you !!!
Hello Leah, thank you. Do you have a video on haloalkanes? I’m wondering if it’s under another name perhaps. Best, Amy
Reactions or naming?
Leah, just starting chemistry A- level fast track organic chemistry names is baffling and frightening me. Thanks for this no-nonsense approach and helpful guide. I look forward to watching your other videos
You’re very welcome! Good luck on your A-level exams
This was an extremely helpful amd easy to follow review! Thank you!
Glad you like it Edwin!
thank you so much this helped a lot!
You’re very welcome!