Retrosynthetic Analysis in Action: The Effectiveness of Filling in the Gaps

Andrew F. Parsons*

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Abstract

A series of distinctive gap-fill activities were designed to provide practice and test students' knowledge in retrosynthetic analysis. Developed and tested during the COVID-19 pandemic, the activities allow students to work through authentic multistep syntheses of various organic target molecules. Students were asked to identify appropriate RSA terminology and suitable reagents and answer questions on reaction selectivity and mechanisms. Mark schemes were provided so students could quickly evaluate their answers. Feedback results showed students enjoyed these activities and found them beneficial to their learning.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3390-3394
Number of pages5
JournalJOURNAL OF CHEMICAL EDUCATION
Volume98
Issue number10
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 15 Sept 2021

Bibliographical note

© 2021 The Author. Published by American Chemical Society and Division of Chemical Education, Inc.

Keywords

  • Organic Chemistry
  • Problem Solving/Decision Making
  • Second-Year Undergraduate
  • Student-Centered Learning
  • Synthesis
  • Upper-Division Undergraduate

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