Ch 16: Chemical Reaction Mechanisms

About This Chapter

In this overview of chemical reaction mechanisms, learn about topics like heterolytic fission and free radicals. You can use these video lessons to prepare for a test or supplement class materials.

Chemical Reaction Mechanisms - Chapter Summary

This chapter includes lessons on chemical reaction mechanisms. Discussions of many types of organic chemical reactions are included. Once you have completed the chapter, you should be prepared to:

  • Understand organic chemical reactions, including addition, substitution, polymerization, cracking, redox, esterification, and fermentation
  • Discuss homolytic and heterolytic fission
  • Define electrophile and nucleophile
  • Explain inductive, mesomeric, and electromeric effects
  • Describe free radical and polar mechanisms

We use short and engaging video lessons, which helps you to easily understand the information presented. Our expert instructors provide plenty of examples. The video timelines allow you to navigate the videos and jump to the topics that are of greatest interest to you. Full video transcripts are also available for you to review. Each lesson includes a brief multiple-choice quiz to test your understanding of the topics covered.

7 Lessons in Chapter 16: Chemical Reaction Mechanisms
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Organic Chemical Reactions: Addition, Substitution, Polymerization & Cracking

1. Organic Chemical Reactions: Addition, Substitution, Polymerization & Cracking

Organic chemical reactions refer to the transformation of substances in the presence of carbon. This lesson will explore organic chemical reactions dealing with hydrocarbons, including addition, substitution, polymerization, and cracking.

Organic Chemical Reactions: Redox, Esterification & Fermentation

2. Organic Chemical Reactions: Redox, Esterification & Fermentation

Organic chemical reactions are processes that transform a substance into a totally different substance or state of being, such as a solid to a gas. This lesson will explore the chemical reactions of redox, esterification, and fermentation.

Homolytic & Heterolytic Fission

3. Homolytic & Heterolytic Fission

In this lesson, you'll learn about the ways bonds can be broken down as a reaction proceeds. You'll also understand how heterolytic fission and homolytic fission play important roles in many chemical reactions.

Electrophile: Definition & Examples

4. Electrophile: Definition & Examples

Electrophiles are atoms that are in constant need of electrons. Learn about the definition of electrophiles, the electrophiles-nucleophile relationship, the electrophilic addition reaction, and see some examples of electron-rich sites in organic molecules.

Nucleophile: Definition & Examples

5. Nucleophile: Definition & Examples

Nucleophiles are compounds that attach to the nucleus to form new bonds. Discover more about what nucleophiles do, how they function in chemical reactions and in substitute reactions.

Inductive, Mesomeric & Electromeric Effects

6. Inductive, Mesomeric & Electromeric Effects

This lesson will discuss inductive, mesomeric and electromeric effects with examples. We will also discuss some of the factors affecting electron availability in organic molecules, along with their consequences.

Polar Reaction Mechanisms: Types & Examples

7. Polar Reaction Mechanisms: Types & Examples

In this lesson, we will discuss polar reaction mechanisms of organic molecules. These mechanisms help us interpret how and why we observe particular products from a chemical reaction.

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