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Do you always update your software programs as soon as the next release is available? Read on for a customer story about why updating to the newest release is important, not to mention the importance of always checking your own work!

There just doesn't seem to be enough hours in the day to get everything done. There are ways to gain time and be able to do more but they can be difficult to identify because until we’re exposed to them we carry on as we always have. If you are still doing any of the things discussed here, then there are ways you can gain hours in your day and even do your job better than you are right now!

Chemical nomenclature may seem like a simplistic chemistry discipline; a requirement of every chemical pursuit that is often overlooked for the vital importance it plays. Here we discuss the legacy of our contribution to the field of chemical nomenclature - ACD/Name - and take a look at what has changed in the field of chemical naming over the past two decades.

Studying chemistry can open up many career paths since it can be applied in a variety of fields. In fact, an understanding of chemistry helps provide answers to almost every question about the world and helps makes us more informed consumers. To support students pursuing a career in chemistry, ACD/Labs recently collaborated with Pearson to help undergraduate students learn about the relationship between spectroscopic data and chemical structures.

When naming chemical compounds, there are a myriad of correct names that accurately describe the structure. N-methyl-3-phenyl-3-[4-(trifluoromethyl)phenoxy]propan-1-amine, fluoxetine, or Prozac—they can all be interpreted as the same compound. But is there a “more correct” name? There wasn’t, until recently…

The nomenclature rules for organic compounds set by the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) committee (http://www.iupac.org/) do offer flexibility in some areas especially in cases where old publications have old terms. Below are some examples. The answers for the structures, as based on the IUPAC nomenclature rules, are listed below. Some links...

Following a successful attempt at solving an unknown, the next step may be to determine a name for the novel compound. The nomenclature rules for organic compounds are set in place by the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) committee (http://www.iupac.org/). For the following compounds, which names adhere to the IUPAC nomenclature rules?