Aromatic Compounds Videos

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Overview: Aromatic Compounds

This is an overview of Topic 29: Aromatic Compounds. It includes bonding and structure of benzene, reactions, electrophilic substitution mechanism, phenol, directing groups and relative reactivity.

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Structure and Bonding in Benzene

Video introducing benzene including the structure and bonding of the Kekulé model and delocalised model for benzene.

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Evidence for Benzene’s Structure and Bonding

This video provides the evidence which led to the Kekulé model being rejected and the delocalised model of benzene being accepted.

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Reactions of Benzene

This video looks at the mechanisms of nitration and halogenation of benzene.

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Friedel-Crafts Reactions

This video looks at both mechanisms for Friedel-Crafts alkylation and acylation and has a worked exam style question.

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Comparing the Reactivities of Benzene and Alkenes

This video gives an explanation as to why alkenes are more reactive than benzene using bromination as an example.

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Phenols 1

This video outlines the basic information for phenols such as, naming, properties and their reaction with alkalis and metals.

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Phenols 2

Video explaining the reaction of phenol and bromine and why phenols are more reactive than benzene. The video also gives some uses of phenol.

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Aromatic Directing Groups

Video explaining the effect of directing groups OH, NH2 and NO2 groups on substitution reactions of benzene rings.

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