When to use Big Ass Bulky Bases over Little Ones

One of my students was having trouble remembering when to use a BABSB, Big Ass Bulky Strong Base, over a little one like Methoxide (OCH3). For use in E2 eliminations of alkyl halides, a BABSB goes against "tradition" or what's "accepted." See below.

MEMORY TRICK OF THE DAY 6-9-15


Disclaimer: Memory Tricks are ideal when they are "offensive." Fortunately, given our modern fear of offending people and the subsequent political correctness movement, you have a unique opportunity to improve memory and understanding. Ultimately, remember freedom of speech? I do.

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