The purpose of the document is to clarify the nomenclature of organic compounds in the context of the new Australian and state curriculums. In general, all curriculum nomenclature requirements are aligned with IUPAC requirements.


For each functional group, the following will be provided:
• Summary information
• Extra naming rules or conventions relevant to the functional groups
• Worked examples for naming molecules where required in any State or Territory
Selected reactions will be shown for some functional groups.


How to use this document
This document is intended for use by Australian chemistry teachers to clarify naming conventions for organic molecules. It may be used as supplementary material to support or extend students.
This document may also be useful for first year chemistry course convenors, to confirm the functional groups they would expect students to be familiar with.