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Organic Reaction Mechanisms: Selected Problems and Solutions

ISBN: 978-0-471-28251-8
288 pages
September 1999, ©2000
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This hands-on manual allows readers to gain a better understanding of organic reaction mechanisms by solving a wide range of problems. Answers for the problems are included along with mini-reviews that summarize and emphasize fundamental principles. This approach sharpens readers' reasoning ability and critical thinking.
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Minireview 1: Structures, Lewis Acids and Bases, and Lewis Acid/Lewis Base Reactions.

Minireview 2: Resonance.

Minireview 3: Carbocation Chemistry.

Questions 1-34.

Answers to Questions 1-34.

Minireview 4: Formation of Anions (Nucleophiles).

Minireview 5: Nucleophilic Substitution (S_N2) and Eliminiation Reactions (E_2).

Minireview 6: Chemical Reactivity and Ring Strain.

Questions 35-50.

Answers to Questions 35-50.

Minireview 7: Nucleophilic Addition Reactions of Aldehydes and Ketones.

Questions 51-70.

Answers to Questions 51-70.

Minireview 8: Nucleophilic Acyl Substitution Reactions.

Questions 71-100.

Answers to Questions 71-100.

Questions 101-200.

Answers to Questions 101-200.

Questions 201-210.

Answers to Questions 201-210.
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  • Fine-tuned Level of Difficulty and Organization. Uniquely organized, this manual is broken up into three parts, A, B, & C. The problems are presented in order of increasing difficulty, with Part A geared toward sophomore level organic chemistry, and Parts B & C directed at honors organic chemistry and first year graduate students in chemistry, medicinal, and biochemistry.
  • Instructions for Writing Mechanisms. Explicit instructions on how to write mechanisms are found in the text, including a clear presentation of the logic that goes into the solution of a problem. The solutions to all the problems are also given so students can get instant feedback by checking their answers.
  • Minireviews. These have been included at the beginning of each set of questions to summarize and reinforce the underlying fundamental principles of that particular section. Minireviews allow students to consume the information they will need to know without having to go hunting for it.
  • Large and Diverse Selection of Mechanism Problems. The problems in Part A have been "class-tested" in the author's sophomore-level organic chemistry course and have been proven a success. The problems in Part A are organized in the same sequence as a standard organic chemistry text and the questions in Part C focus on how the know the knowledge of organic reaction mechanisms can be used to comprehend real-life problems.
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