Aldol Reaction (25 min)


The aldol reaction is the reaction of an enolate of a ketone or aldehyde with the carbonyl carbon of another ketone or aldehyde. It is one of the most useful ways to form a carbon-carbon bond. This tutorial covers the basics of the reaction. (Runtime = 25:01)

Student Learning Outcomes
After viewing this tutorial and practicing problems from this website and your textbook, you should be able to:
• Understand how the aldol reaction can be used to make carbon-carbon bolds.
• Draw the mechanism for any aldol reaction.
• Predict the product of any aldol reaction.

Practice Problems
Here are some problems to get you started. You should first try each on a piece of paper. Then, place your cursor over the graphic and click on right arrow that appears to see the answer. The right and left arrows allow you to move back and forth between problems. Please note that these are not the only types of problems/questions that exist on this topic. Refer to your textbook and any problems your instructor provides you for more practice with this subject.


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