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Experimental Organic Chemistry

Experimental Organic Chemistry

Daniel R. Palleros

ISBN: 978-0-471-28250-1 February 2000 864 Pages


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Experimental Organic Chemistry, is designed for a two semester, sophomore level organic lab course and can be used as a primary text or a valuable reference tool for students. Rather than emphasizing microscale or macroscale, this lab manual focuses on the actual experiments and the learning process by using a multiscale approach. Palleros has great depth and a wide variety of experiments targeting chemistry, pre-med, biochemistry, and molecular biology students.

Section 1: The Basics
  1. Laboratory Safety
  2. Basic Concepts
  3. Basic Operations
Section 2: The Experiments
  1. Recrystallization and Melting Point
  2. Extraction
  3. Distillation
  4. Gas Chromatography
  5. Thin Layer Chromatography
  6. Column Chromatography
  7. High Performance Liquid Chromatography
  8. Refractometry and Polarimetry
  9. Alcohols and Alkenes
  10. Alkyl Halides
  11. Acid-base Extraction
  12. Phenols and Ethers
  13. Electrophilic Aromatic Substitution
  14. Nucleophilic Aromatic Substitution
  15. Chemical Kinetics
  16. Diels-Alder Reaction
  17. Aldehydes and Ketones
  18. Oxidation-Reduction
  19. Esters
  20. Multistep Synthesis
  21. Molecules of Life
  22. Lipids
  23. Polymers
  24. Dyes and Pigments
  25. Bioorganic Chemistry
  26. Molecules of Heredity
Section 3: Spectroscopy
  1. Absorption Spectroscopy
  2. Infrared Spectroscopy
  3. Ultraviolet and Visible Spectroscopy
  4. Nuclear Magnetic Resonance
  5. Mass Spectroscopy
Answers to Exercises
"As a teacher, I feel that this is one of the best books of its type..." (Education in Chemistry, January 2001)
  • Multiscale Approach. Students learn to work at the micro, semi-micro, and macroscale levels, in the end, allowing them to differentiate which is more appropriate for a given experiment.
  • Easy to Navigate. Techniques are introduced at the appropriate time in the course, instead of combined at the end like many other books.
  • State of the Art Spectroscopic Analysis. 500-MHz, 1H-NMR, 13C-NMR, and IR spectra presented at the end of experiments prepare the students for future challenges. Especially for those who go to schools with limited access to spectrometers.
  • "Safety First." Boxes that emphasize hazards and chemical toxicity for each experiment.
  • Pre-lab and In-lab Questions. Pre-lab questions help students prepare for each experiment and In-lab questions aid them in interpreting their results and in writing their lab reports (answers are not provided in book). These questions are very comprehensive and can be used instead of a lab report.
  • Puzzles and Open-ended Experiments. Students are exposed to research-like situations by investigating the course of a reaction or solving an unknown. Students are more than mere spectators to the experiment, they are true participants.
  • Connections to Everyday Life. Many of the experiments allow students to see how chemistry relates to their own lives.