Synthesis-spectroscopy roadmap problems: Discovering organic chemistry

Laurie L. Kurth, Mark J. Kurth

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Organic chemistry problems that interrelate and integrate synthesis with spectroscopy are presented. These synthesis- spectroscopy roadmap (SSR) problems uniquely engage second-year undergraduate organic chemistry students in the personal discovery of organic chemistry. SSR problems counter the memorize-or-bust strategy that many students tend to employ in the study of organic chemistry with an instructional strategy that fosters "seeing" connections, "hearing" what a problem has to say, and "feeling" the exhilaration that comes with discovery. (Figure Presented).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2137-2141
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Chemical Education
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 9 2014


  • Inquiry-based/Discovery learning
  • IR spectroscopy
  • Mass spectrometry
  • NMR spectroscopy
  • Organic chemistry
  • Problem solving/decision making
  • Reactions
  • Second-year undergraduate

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Education


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