Reaction Explorer is an interactive system for learning and practicing reactions, syntheses and mechanisms in organic chemistry, with advanced support for the automatic generation of random problems, curved-arrow mechanism diagrams, and inquiry-based learning.
Available below is just a sampling of the content available in the complete system. For access to the full system content, please get in touch with your local Wiley representative or sign up through WileyPLUS as they are currently the exclusive distributor of Reaction Explorer for higher-education organic chemistry courses.
Organic Chemistry Tutorials
Reaction Drills: Single-Step Reaction Completion
Reaction Drills produce a series of (ungraded) reaction equations with one hidden component (reactant, reagent or product) and asks you to mentally "fill-in-the-blank" to test and train your skill, similar to flashcards.
Synthesis Explorer: Multi-Step Synthesis Design
The primary interface for solving multi-step synthesis design problems and for freely exploring different reactant and reagent combinations.
Mechanism Explorer: Arrow-Pushing Mechanism Diagrams
Reactions support curved-arrow mechanism diagram viewing and exploration to not only show "what" a reaction will produce, but to also explain "how" the reaction will proceed.
Help & Support
Exclusive distributor of Reaction Explorer for higher education organic chemistry courses. Contact your local Wiley representative to get started with Reaction Explorer in your classroom with full gradebook support, backed by professional content authors and technical support staff.
Press Release
Articles describing the structure, functions, and usage results of this tutorial system have been published:
  1. J.H. Chen, M.A. Kayala, and P. Baldi. Reaction Explorer:Towards a Knowledge Map of Organic Chemistry To Support Dynamic Assessment and Personalized Instruction in Enhancing Learning with Online Resources, Social Networking, and Digital Libraries, American Chemical Society. p. 191-209, (2010)
  2. J.H. Chen and P. Baldi. No Electron Left-Behind: A Rule-Based Expert System to Predict Chemical Reactions and Reaction Mechanisms. Journal of Chemical Information and Modeling, 49, 9, 2034-2043, (2009).
  3. J.H. Chen and P. Baldi. Synthesis Explorer: A Chemical Reaction Tutorial System for Organic Synthesis Design and Mechanism Prediction. Journal of Chemical Education 2008(85):1699, (2008).