Wednesday, September 7, 2011

What is a Bridgehead Carbon anyway?

It's the start of a new school year and I am going to try to post a little more regularly.  Since it has been a while since I posted on a regular basis, I thought it would be a good idea to re-introduce this blog.

What is a Bridgehead Carbon anyway?  I teach undergraduate chemistry and my main area of interest is Organic Chemistry.  I chose the name "Bridgehead Carbons" partly because I have always liked the look of bicyclic compounds like norbornane.  You can think of Norbornane as being a cyclohexane (in pink) with a CH2 unit (in black)that acts as a bridge connecting the top and the bottom of the pink ring.  The carbons that connect the "main ring" to the "bridge" are the Bridgehead Carbons.

Another reason for choosing this name is that Bridgehead Carbons serve to connect different rings within the same molecule, and I intend to write about a variety of topics that I none the less feel are connected to my experience with chemistry and teaching.

So, what is this blog all about?  Stuff that interests me as a chemistry teacher, especially organic and bio-organic chemistry, cheminformatics, things that might be helpful to college students in general, and anything else that strikes my fancy.

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