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Diels-Alder Reaction (Nobel Prize in 1950)

Students often find it difficult to "spot" the diene and dienophile components in the Diels-Alder products, particularly when the products are bicyclic.  Try using the following JSMOL images to help you identify the starting material fragments within the structure of the product, they are all there and being able to "map" them over is a very useful skill for this reaction:

Map fragments

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