A diagram of organic reaction pathways


Following on from part one of my series of chemistry visualisations is a useful diagram detailing the components of many common organic reactions, that typical high school students may come across in their work.

The chart is quite easy to follow – just trace the arrows from their start to end, adding together where there are addition symbols. If two arrows meet, the chemicals they originate from are to be combined. If there is a substance shown on a line in parenthesis, it is a catalyst for the reaction the arrow indicates.

Note: this table is primarily intended as a revision tool for High School chemistry students, particularly those studying the Victoria, Australian VCE Chemistry 3/4 syllabus. Complete accuracy is not guaranteed (and if you see any mistakes, please tell me), though it certainly got me through chemistry.