CIE AS Chemistry (9701) exams from 2022

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3.9.1 Organic Synthesis

Elucidating Organic Molecules

  • You are expected to be able to identify organic functional groups, their properties, how to test for their presence and how they are made 

Functional groups

  • The table below summarises the tests to identify the presence of certain functional groups and the reactions to make them

Functional groups, their reactions & identifying tests table

Organic Synthesis Table 1 (1)_Elucidating Organic Molecules, downloadable AS & A Level Chemistry revision notes
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Organic Synthesis Functional Groups Flowchart (1), downloadable AS & A Level Chemistry revision notes Organic Synthesis Functional Groups Flowchart (2), downloadable AS & A Level Chemistry revision notes

Types of reactions

  • You should also be aware of the different type of reactions that functional groups can undergo

Reactions of functional groups table

Organic Synthesis Table 2 (1)_Elucidating Organic Molecules, downloadable AS & A Level Chemistry revision notes

Organic Synthesis Table 2 (2)_Elucidating Organic Molecules, downloadable AS & A Level Chemistry revision notes

Oxidising & reducing agents

  • Certain functional groups only react with specific oxidising and reducing agents which you should be aware of

Oxidising & reducing agents table

Organic Synthesis Table 3 (1)_Elucidating Organic Molecules, downloadable AS & A Level Chemistry revision notes

Organic Synthesis Table 3 (2)_Elucidating Organic Molecules, downloadable AS & A Level Chemistry revision notes

Tests

  • The test also requires you to distinguish between the different tests that identify functional groups in a compound

Tests identifying functional groups in a compound table

Organic Synthesis Table 4_Elucidating Organic Molecules, downloadable AS & A Level Chemistry revision notes

Worked example: Elucidating organic molecules

Organic Synthesis Worked example - Elucidating organic molecules, downloadable AS & A Level Chemistry revision notes

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