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Abstract Volume 16 (2011) pp 281-281

In–T–Endo”: A Mnemonic for Predicting the Relative Stereochemistry of Diels–Alder Reaction Products

Daniel D. Clark

Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Clarion University of Pennsylvania, 840 Wood Street, Clarion, PA 16214, dclark@clarion.edu
Received July 5, 2011. Accepted September 19, 2011.

Published: 14 October 2011

Abstract. A mnemonic is described that enables students to rapidly assign the proper relative stereochemistry for the type of Diels–Alder reaction products that are most frequently discussed in undergraduate organic chemistry courses.

Key Words: In the Classroom; organic chemistry; Diels–Alder; stereochemistry; mnemonics

(*) Corresponding author. (E-mail: dclark@clarion.edu)

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