So you’ve finally started your exploration into the wonderful world of alkenes. Over time you’ll hopefully realize that they not only form an important topic within your organic chemistry course, but in numerous places of your everyday life. For example, beta-carotene, a biological pigment, found in different foods such as carrots, spinach and sweet potatoes plays a major role in cardiovascular health and mitigating cognitive decline.
Alkenes, also known as olefins, are represented by a double bond between two adjacent carbons. The presence of the pi bond allows alkenes to act as either bases or nucleophiles within addition reactions. From our handy reaction sheet you’ll see the most commonly discussed Electrophilic Addition Reactions of alkenes and observe the variety of compounds that can be formed.