Instructional Video

The Functional Group Concept

Ready to put the fun in functional groups? Introduce your class to this fundamental part of organic chemistry with a short video. The narrator explains the structure and naming system of hydrocarbons, as well as the elements and bonding involved in alcohols, carboxylic acids, and ketones.

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Instructional Ideas
  • The video makes a great day one introduction to Organic Chemistry, as it explains some of the basics of the science
  • Pause the video as directed to allow learners to practice drawing and naming hydrocarbons
Classroom Considerations
  • Pupils may need extra time to work alongside the narrator
  • The narrator concisely explains how hydrocarbon chains build and how the nomenclature mirrors between alkanes and alkenes
  • Animated molecules help viewers see how and where functional groups attach without using molecular modeling kits
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