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Authors:

Radek Cibulka, Markéta Rybáčková, Ondřej Kundrát, Martin Mastný, Bedřich Košata, Hana Kotoučová

Cooperation:

Dana Husníková (design), Michal Obergruber (programmers), Michal März (exercise testing)

We would like to thank all other students and colleagues who contributed to the Portal in the past.


Organic Chemistry Portal was created as an electronic support tool for organic chemistry teaching already in 2009 as a part of a transformation and development programme at UCT Prague. The Portal was fully revised within an internal grant at UCT Prague in 2015. During the renovation the Portal was reprogrammed to ensure its smooth operation within the fast evolving internet environment. Besides, the Portal was enhanced in terms of functions and content. In this we made use of our experience of a five-year operation of the Portal as well as numerous suggestions from users which we gathered.

The main aim of the Portal is to allow a web-based practice of organic chemistry using chemical formulas, which are essential to grasp organic chemistry. Each problem is not only assigned graphically, but also requires an answer in the form of a chemical formula which the users draw themselves. The answer is checked immediately after sending and a clue is offered in case the answer is wrong. The users can use the Portal to study as well as to create a test for themselves. The tests are compiled directly by the users: they may choose the number of problems as well as the topic to be tested (e.g. alkenes or electrophilic aromatic substitution). Drawing the structures in a computer-based programme also allows the users to familiarize themselves with one of the most common drawing programmes used in numerous databases (Marvin for Javascript). The Portal allows new co-authors to add new problems.

The Portal is divided into Organic Chemistry 1 and Organic Chemistry 2 based on the level of difficulty. The division corresponds to the content of a one-semester course and a two-semester course at UCT Prague. The problems at the Organic Chemistry 1 level are also suitable for advanced secondary school students who are interested in chemistry. Finally, it must be pointed out that using the Portal on its own will not teach organic chemistry. We suggest that each topic is first studied in the textbook prior to practice. The problems and solutions within the selected topic could be printed out in case you travel somewhere with no internet access.

We hope that the Portal will facilitate studying organic chemistry and we welcome questions and comments you may send us.

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