1. Your understanding of reactions
- transformation plus any regiochemistry and stereochemistry issues and mechanisms.
2. How reactions and functional group interconversions are inter-related.
The most common reasons for students to struggle with these questions are:
there a good way to try to solve such a question ? YES, use the
Work backwards from the molecule you are trying to make towards the allowed starting materials.
If the compound is given as a name, first DRAW out the structure.
With the structure...
More information on the disconnection approach?
DON'T TRY TO PICK A STARTING
MATERIAL AND WORK FORWARD FROM THERE. It is often an ineffective and inefficient
way to get a good answer. It may work for simple (i.e. short) problems, but
it will not be effective in more complex problems.