Organic chemistry plays a central role in our ability to address problems in medicine, energy, and technology. Research efforts at the University of Chicago span the fields of total synthesis, methodology, materials science, and chemical biology.
So what is organic chemistry, anyway? And why is it so difficult? Basically, Organic chemistry examines how molecules containing carbon interact, but it doesn’t require equations or math, as in physics. Instead, you learn how electrons flow around and between molecules, and you draw little curved arrows showing where they go.
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