When I predict reaction products, I usually don’t want to think my way through the mechanism. Instead, I want a “quick and dirty” way to get to the correct product with as little effort as possible. I’m sure that says something terrible about my character, but let’s not go there.
So… if you’re lazy like me, you’ll probably be glad to know this simple technique. :)
Here’s an old mechanism from when I was “Janci at Bright Idea Tutoring.” As always, poor video quality is the order of the day.
I got a special email request to cover the Hofmann Degradation, which, honestly, is one of the more soul-crushing mechanisms out there. I decided to cover it so you guys could see that it’s not as horrible as it seems.
When I first started making videos, I was “Janci Despain at Bright Idea Tutoring.” My video quality was laughable. But people still watch (and like, and comment on) this first Fischer Esterification video, which makes me oh so happy. <3
Newer, cleaner, better videos are on their way, guys. xo