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I need more self-confidence. - helen-louise
baratron
baratron
I need more self-confidence.
Of the reaction mechanisms I drew last night:
2 were completely right
1 was almost completely right (SN2 instead of SN1, something which I wouldn't have known because the textbook says that particular reagent, unusually, almost always goes via SN1 despite being primary)
1 would have been right if I'd trusted my instincts
and the last was bollocks only because I'd produced an extra C=C bond from nowhere and got myself confused. Without that, it would have made sense and I'd have been able to finish it.

Apparently I am not actually stupid at organic chemistry. I just need a lot more practice so that I trust myself in unfamiliar cases.

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barakta From: barakta Date: 8th November 2011 17:56 (UTC) (Link)
Yay!

BTW I saw that chemistry spellchecker link, installed it, tried it and passed it onto my colleagues who are now happy colleagues :)

One was amused by my word "spello" and that I deliberately misspelt alkene as alkkene as one of my tests :D

So thank you! You do indeed rock!
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