Basic Organic Nomenclature

An Introduction

Dave Woodcock,
Associate Professor Emeritus UBC (Okanagan)
©1996,2000, 2008


This set of tutorials uses embedded 3D molecular models which require the use of Java, which must be installed so that your browser can use it. The following notes on the use of the Jmol applet apply to X86 machines. They have been tested using the Firefox browser with a Linux operating system (Kubutu). Try them out on the model below.
If you do not see the model then you need to install Java

Jmol: an open-source Java viewer for chemical structures in 3D.

Note on Jmol: For x86 machines, on the molecular model...
Click LH mouse button to rotate
Use the mouse scroll wheel (or Shift + click LH mouse button) to zoom
click RH mouse button for menu
For spacefill model on the menu:
  • choose 'Style'
  • then choose 'Scheme'
  • then 'CPK Spacefill'
Choose other model presentations in the same way.

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  1. The IUPAC Systematic Approach to Nomenclature

  2. The Alkanes

  3. Functional Groups with Prefixes Only.

  4. Functional Groups with Suffixes Only.

  5. Functional Groups with Suffix and Prefix

  6. Aromatics

  7. Stereochemistry (iii) Chirality

  8. Heterocyclics

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