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ERIC Number: EJ920073
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Sep
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 3
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ISSN: ISSN-0021-9584
Telling It like It Is: Teaching Mechanisms in Organic Chemistry
Ault, Addison
Journal of Chemical Education, v87 n9 p937-941 Sep 2010
In this article I support and extend the ideas presented by J. Brent Friesen in his article "Saying What You Mean; Teaching Mechanisms in Organic Chemistry" ("JCE" November, 2008). I emphasize "telling the truth" about proton transfers. The truth is that in aqueous acid most reactions are subject to "specific" acid catalysis: the only kinetically significant proton donor is hydronium ion, and the only kinetically significant proton acceptor is water. Similarly, in aqueous base most reactions are subject to "specific" base catalysis: the only kinetically significant proton donor is water, and the only kinetically significant proton acceptor is hydroxide ion. (Contains 2 schemes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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