10. Organic chemistry

Statement of Aims

Although there are features of organic chemistry topics that are distinctive, it is intended that appropriate cross-references with other sections/topics in the syllabus should be made.

When describing preparative reactions, candidates will be expected to quote the reagents (e.g. aqueous NaOH), the essential practical conditions (e.g. reflux) and the identity of each of the major products.

Detailed knowledge of practical procedures is not required; however, candidates may be expected to suggest (from their knowledge of the reagents, essential conditions and products) what steps may be needed to purify/extract a required product from the reaction mixture. In equations for organic redox reactions, the symbols [O] and [H] are acceptable.