Really cool course, so those of you who don’t know natural products are molecules organisms synthesize for a purpose outside of energy needs, storage, or reproduction. In other words it does not need it but helps the fitness, a famous example is caffeine, as trees use it as a mild pesticide, obviously we use caffeine as something else, but the majority of drugs are derivatives of natural products. Anyway this course will make you be able to identify how essentially any natural product is made, it’s kinda like retrosynthesis orgo, with different rules, but it’s a lot of fun, as always mcnulty is a slow one, who has comprehensive but indecipherable notes.
Go to class. He teaches how some mechanism works that you would otherwise spend time staring at if you were using his notes alone.