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Help me! I'm Diene!

Teaching Organic Chemistry through Fiction


Welcome and Introduction!
Welcome to Help me! I'm Diene! This is a community dedicated to teaching organic chemistry concepts through fiction. Organic chemistry is one of the most daunting topics for a student in the sciences; it's been cited as one of the primary reasons that students leave the sciences. I love chemistry--yes, even organic!--and believe that the sciences should be fun and approachable. Therefore, it is my goal to teach organic chemistry concepts and even mechanisms by using various literary techniques such as metaphors and personification.

The community name actually comes from a fun play on words. A diene is a molecule that consists of two alkenes which are double-bonded carbons. Diene, however, also sounds like "dying." I hope that people who feel like they're dying in organic chemistry can come to this community and learn organic chemistry in a fun entertaining matter.

Plans are made to update with a story (and explanation of the concept or mechanism expressed in the story) twice a week. There are currently two types of stories in planning: concept shorts and functional group serials.

Concept shorts are short stories that illustrate one concept through a metaphor. An example of a concept would be "stability of a carbocation." Each concept short is a story that stands on its own and bears little to no connection to other concept shorts.

Functional group serials are a series of short stories that focus on a mechanism that works with said functional group. By personifying molecules, the mechanism is no longer in a microscopic realm, but instead is brought to a macroscopic world for better visualization and understanding.

A masterlist of all stories and their corresponding concepts can be found here

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Sn Reactions - You & Me, We Have Chemistry - Master Post
hexaphenylbenzene
rsou
You and Me; We Have Chemistry: A 5 part story about Nucleophilic Substitution Reactions, bands, and friendship.
Part One: If you aren't part of the solution, then just leave | Part One Concept Explanation: Sn1 Reactions: Part 1-Leaving Group Departure
Part Two: Like a net I will support you | Part Two Concept Explanation: Sn1 Reactions: Carbocation Stability
Part Three: You'll never see me coming (just her leaving) | Part Three Concept Explanation: Sn2 Reactions: What are they?
Part Four: If at first you don't succeed, then rearrange, rearrange, rearrange | Part Four Concept Explanation: Sn1 Reactions: Step 1.5-Rearrangement
Part Five: When all fails, ask for help | Part Five Concept Explanation: Sn1 Reactions: Step 2-Nucleophilic Attack

Sn Reactions - You & Me, We Have Chemistry - Pt. 1: If you're not part of the solution...
hexaphenylbenzene
rsou
Title: You and Me; We Have Chemistry (so let's bond) Part 1: If you're not part of the solution... then just leave
Author: rsou
Concept: Sn1 Reactions; Step 1-Leaving Group Departure
Length: 1853 words; 1/5; multi-part
Rating: G
Genre: General Fiction
Summary: "All we do is sing ridiculously sappy songs about unrequited love or whatever; like this song. It’s stupid, not to mention boring.... I’m leaving."
Disclaimer: The following characters are anthropomorphic representations of atoms that are bonded to each other to form molecules. In actuality, atoms do not have free will and all atomic activity is a result of electronic attraction to form a more stable product.


You and Me; We Have Chemistry
so let's bond
Part One | Part Two | Part Three | Part Four | Part Five

Part One: If you're not part of the solution... then just leave


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Sn Reactions - Concept Explanation - Pt 1: Sn1 Reactions: Step 1-Leaving Group Departure
hexaphenylbenzene
rsou
Part One Concept Explanation
Sn1 Reactions; Step 1-Leaving Group Departure


An important type of reaction in organic chemistry is a nucleophilic substitution reaction.Collapse )

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Important Facts to Remember: Nucleophilic Substitution Part 1
hexaphenylbenzene
rsou
Important Facts to Remember:

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Sn Reactions - You & Me, We Have Chemistry - Pt. 2: Like a net I will support you
hexaphenylbenzene
rsou
Title: You and Me; We Have Chemistry (so let's bond) Part Two: Like a net I will support you
Author: rsou
Concept: Sn1 Reactions; Carbocation Stability
Length: 1818 words; 2/5; multi-part
Rating: G
Genre: General Fiction
Summary: Lisa goes to find a new band.
Disclaimer: The following characters are anthropomorphic representations of atoms that are bonded to each other to form molecules. In actuality, atoms do not have free will and all atomic activity is a result of electronic attraction to form a more stable product.

You and Me; We Have Chemistry
so let's bond
Part One | Part Two | Part Three | Part Four | Part Five

Part Two: Like a net I will support you


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Sn Reactions - Concept Explanation - Pt 2: Sn1 Reactions: Carbocation Stability
hexaphenylbenzene
rsou
Part Two Concept Explanation:
Sn1 Reactions; Carbocation Stability


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Important Facts to Remember: Nucleophilic Substitution Part 2
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rsou
Important Facts to Remember:

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Sn Reactions - You & Me, We Have Chemistry - Pt. 3: You'll never see me coming
hexaphenylbenzene
rsou
Title: You and Me; We Have Chemistry (so let's bond) Part Three: You’ll never see me coming (just her leaving)
Author: rsou
Concept: Sn2 Reactions; what are they?
Length: 1448 words; 3/5; multi-part
Rating: G
Genre: General Fiction
Summary: Lisa goes to find a new band.
Disclaimer: The following characters are anthropomorphic representations of atoms that are bonded to each other to form molecules. In actuality, atoms do not have free will and all atomic activity is a result of electronic attraction to form a more stable product.

You and Me; We Have Chemistry
so let's bond
Part One | Part Two | Part Three | Part Four | Part Five

Part Three: You’ll never see me coming (just her leaving)


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Sn Reactions - Concept Explanation - Pt 3: Sn2 Reactions: What are they?
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rsou
Part Three Concept Explanation:
Sn2 Reactions; What are they?


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Important Facts to Remember: Nucleophilic Substitution Part 3
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Important Facts to Remember:

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