I am very interested in chemistry as a profession so I have been giving myself thought experiments. I have a compound that is chemically similar to another compound. How would you go about combining compounds to achieve the end result. I know there is more to it then just mix them, below are the compounds in question written out as best I can.
C9H17NO2 --> C8H4O2 = C17H21NO4
Gabapentin --> 1,2-Pentalenedione = Cocaine
From my admitted lack of knowledge to me this would seem possible, can you please enlighten me on the factors I am missing.