Mastering Organic Chemistry From the Start

Find out what organic molecules are, how to name them, and how to draw them.
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  • Lectures 23
  • Length 2 hours
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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Published 4/2016 English

Course Description

Let me gently introduce you to the wonderful world of organic chemistry. We will learn about homologous series, their functional groups and how to draw the structure of and name the molecules in these series using IUPAC naming rules. The course covers alkanes, alkenes, alkynes, branched chain organic molecules, alkyl halides, aldehydes, ketones, carboxylic acids, alcohols and esters.

Is Mastering Organic Chemistry Important to Your Future?

  • Eliminate your fear of organic chemistry
  • Build a foundation of understanding
  • Improve your grades by applying what you understood in the course
  • Revise what you learned at high school for college or university courses

You will learn about the homologous series in a simple way, with lots of drawings and models to help you get it.

See the molecules come to life in our amazing 3D animations. After a while, you will be able to ‘see’ them in your mind when answering quizzes and questions.

You will be able to follow the step-by-step teaching and see that organic chemistry is not that hard once you know the basics.

The lectures are carefully graded from simple to complicated. Learning progresses in a natural fashion, so you will not feel overwhelmed by the new concepts.

The course will help you build a foundation of understanding on which to build your organic chemistry knowledge. The focus will be on real understanding, not just learning a bunch of rules. Naming molecules the right way will become second nature to you.

The course notes will help you create your own summary. If you are unsure how to study organic chemistry, this will be a big help to you. A new, better way to study plus your new understanding are sure to give your grades a boost. Better grades will also improve your chances of being accepted to your first choice college or university.

If you are already in college, or are a professional, and you need a refresher in basic organic chemistry, then this course is for you too!

What are the requirements?

  • The ability to print out course notes so that you can write on them
  • A basic understanding of the Periodic Table will be helpful
  • Lots of pens and pencils

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Name and draw organic molecules following the IUPAC nomenclature
  • Have an overview of basic organic chemistry
  • Know the most common homologous series

Who is the target audience?

  • High school chemistry students
  • Anyone who needs a refresher course in basic organic chemistry

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

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Lifetime access.

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Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Let's Get Started

Meet the lecturer and get some tips to succeed on the course.


Find out what organic chemistry is.


The carbon atom and its unique properties is the reason that there are so many organic molecules in the world. Find out why in this lecture.


Some model answers to help you along.

4 questions

Now that you are on your way, let's review what we have learned so far.

Section 2: Alkanes - the Simplest Organic Molecules

The rules that are used to name alkanes form the basis of the rules used to name all the other organic molecules. This lecture walks you through the basics of naming these organic molecules using the IUPAC naming rules for alkanes.


Time to practice naming those alkanes.


Keep practicing naming molecules in the alkane homologous series.

Section 3: Alkenes and Alkynes are Next in Line

Learn about the properties of alkenes and their IUPAC naming rules. Practice drawing and naming them.


Practice naming the isomers of alkenes.


In this lecture we will extend your knowledge by naming and drawing these more complicated alkene molecules.


Alkynes are unsaturated hydrocarbons with triple carbon-carbon bonds. This lecture will show you how to name them.

7 questions

Let's see if you can name these molecules.

Section 4: Branched Organic Molecules

Now that you can name the common parent molecules, we will learn how to name a molecule with a branched chain.


Practice naming some more complex branched organic molecules.

Section 5: Alkyl Halides (Also Known as Haloalkanes)

The halide functional group is common in organic molecules. Let's learn how to name the molecules that contain this group.

5 questions

Let's practice naming branched alkanes and alkyl halides (haloalkanes).

Section 6: All About Aldehydes

This lecture deals with the naming rules for the aldehyde homologous series.

Section 7: Ketones - The Brothers of Aldehydes

Ketones look similar to aldehydes but beware! You name then differently.


Practice naming ketones. Pay attention to the position isomers of ketones!

5 questions

Let's practice naming aldehydes and ketones.

Section 8: Carboxylic Acids

Learn how to name these organic acids correctly.

4 questions

Let's check your understanding of carboxylic acids.

Section 9: Alcohols

Learn the difference between a primary alcohol, a secondary alcohol and a tertiary alcohol. 

Discover the IUPAC naming rules for alcohols and practice naming, drawing and classifying alcohols.


Practice naming more alcohols. The examples get progressively more difficult so don't miss one.


What happens if there are multiple hydroxyl groups? And what is the alcohol is unsaturated? This lecture helps you overcome these difficulties.

4 questions

Let's name some alcohols.

Section 10: Esters - Natures Perfume

Understand esterification (the reaction that makes esters).

Discover the IUPAC naming rules for esters.


Get some more practice naming esters.

4 questions

Let's name some esters.

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Instructor Biography

Angela Mascini, Chemical Engineer and Online Educator

Angela qualified top of her Chemical Engineering class at a university that was rated in the top 400 universities in the world in 2000.

She has worked as an engineer internationally, and is now following her passion to educate students who want to achieve in physics and chemistry in order to follow their chosen career paths.

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