Core Investigative Skills
To complete the investigations you will need to hone your investigative skills. Below are a series of examples, they focus on particular aspects of reaction mechanisms and will help you with the investigations section.
Core Background: Background on reaction mechanismsSkeletal representations Functional group recognition Reaction types How many bonds can an atom form? Double-headed curly arrows - single bonds Balancing charges Single-headed curly arrows Double-headed curly arrows - carbonyl bonds Double-headed curly arrows - CC double bonds
Substrate Inspection: Examining the substrate can give clues to the recation mechanism.Leaving groups Carbocations Electron poor substrates Electron rich substrates
Reagent Inspection: Inspecting the reagents can give clues to the reaction mechanism.Electrophilic reagents Nucleophiles and bases Radicals Solvent types