In This Chapter
Seeing the importance of alkenes
Determining the degrees of unsaturation
Adding alkene nomenclature to your repertoire
Defining alkene stereochemistry
At this point, I assume you know the basics of organic chemistry. I assume you understand the difference between covalent and ionic bonds (Chapter 2), how to draw and interpret organic structures (Chapter 3), and how to name alkanes (Chapter 7). In construction terms, I assume you have the foundations of the house of organic chemistry. Now that the foundation is there, I get to the fun stuff — the chemical reactions, themselves — which build up the walls of the house of organic chemistry (that Jack built).
Specific chemical reactions are the meat and potatoes of most organic chemistry courses. And as the number of reactions start to pile up like dirty socks on the floors of college dormitories, organizing all the many reactions in as succinct and convenient a way as possible becomes essential. With the alkene functional group, numerous reactions are available to form alkenes and ...