The History of Organic Chemistry


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What was the theory of a 'vital force'?

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1. How was organic chemistry important in the discovery of aspirin?

2. Which of the following is an important theory in organic chemistry?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

If you're wondering how much you know about the history of organic chemistry, this quiz and worksheet can serve as excellent assessment tools. Questions ask you to identify definitions and theories associated with organic chemistry. To pass, you will also need to understand nomenclature and the relationship between organic chemistry and aspirin.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz and worksheet can assess your comprehension of the following:

  • Theory of a 'vital force'
  • Importance of organic chemistry in the discovery of aspirin
  • An important theory in organic chemistry
  • Definition of nomenclature
  • Changes in the definition of organic chemistry

Skills Practiced

Use this worksheet and quiz to practice the following skills:

  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases, such as the theory of a vital force and nomenclature
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the discovery of aspirin
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the definition and theory of organic chemistry

Additional Learning

The lesson accompanying this quiz and worksheet is called The History of Organic Chemistry. Review it to learn more about the following:

  • Why there is a distinction between organic and inorganic chemistry
  • Frederich Wohler's impact on the 'vital force' theory
  • The discovery of the benzene ring structure
  • How 3D stereochemical representation is described
  • The process of chromatography