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Organic Chemistry Principles and Mechanisms, International Student Edition

Organic Chemistry Principles and Mechanisms, International Student Edition

Joel Karty

ISBN: 978-0-393-93712-1

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256 pages

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Joel Karty has developed a teaching approach and textbook that is organised by mechanism, promotes learning-by-doing, and provides students with the background and support they need to be successful in organic chemistry and beyond.  Professors overwhelmingly agree that understanding, not memorising, reaction mechanisms is the key to success in the course.   Most other texts are organised by functional groups: specific types of atoms and bonds, such as alkenes, that react in a similar way.  Karty’s text is organized by mechanism, to emphasise not what reacts but how it reacts, carefully describing what happens in each step of the reaction.  Features include:

Understanding over memorisation.  The mechanistic organisation of the book emphasises the importance of understanding reaction mechanisms.  By seeing how and why particular reactions take place, students learn how to use those reactions to carry out syntheses of specific molecules.   Key to the organisation is Chapter 7, An Overview of the most Common Elementary Steps, which introduces students to the nine mechanisms they will see throughout the course.

An extended review of general chemistry topics.  Students rarely enter organic chemistry with the foundation they need to be successful.   While topics like atomic structure and acids and bases were covered in general chemistry, most students need more than a brief review.  Chapters 1-6 provide that review.

Connections to biochemistry and contemporary topics. The organic chemistry that students learn is applied toward biomolecules -- proteins, carbohydrates, saccharides, and lipids -- in optional, self-contained sections at the ends of most chapters.  These sections reinforce topics encountered earlier in the chapter.  Professors looking for ways to address the new MCAT 2015 guidelines will appreciate this feature.  In addition, each chapter has applications boxes to show how the concepts in the chapter apply to students’ lives and future careers.  And every copy of the text includes an access code to the e-book and SmartWork.

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1: Atomic and Molecular Structure
Nomenclature 1:  Introduction.  The Basic System for Naming Simple Organic Compounds
2: Three-Dimensional Geometry, Intermolecular Interactions, and Physical Properties
3:  Orbital Interactions 1
Nomenclature 2: Naming Alkenes, Alkynes, and Benzene Derivatives
4: Isomerism 1: Conformational and Constitutional Isomers
5: Isomerism 2:  Chirality, Enantiomers, and Diastereomers
Nomenclature 3: Considerations of Stereochemistry
6: The Proton Transfer Reaction
7: An Overview of the Most Common Elementary Steps
Interchapter 1:  Molecular Orbital Theory&Chemical Reactions
Nomenclature 4: Naming compounds with common functional groups
8: An introduction to multistep mechanisms: SN1 and E1 reactions
9: Nucleophilic substitution and elimination reactions 1: Competition among SN2, SN1, E2, and E1 reactions    
10: Nucleophilic Substitution and Elimination reactions 2: Reactions that are useful for synthesis
11: Electrophilic addition to nonpolar pi bonds.
12: Electrophilic addition to nonpolar pi bonds
13: Organic Synthesis 1:  Beginning concepts
14: Orbital Interactions
15: Structure determination 1: UV-Vis and IR spectroscopies
16: Structure determination 2: NMR spectroscopy,Mass spec
17: Nucleophilic addition to polar pi bonds
18: Nucleophilic addition to polar pi bonds
19: Organic synthesis 2. Intermediate topics.
20: Nucleophilic addition-elimination reactions.
21: Nucleophilic addition-elimination reactions.
22: Electrophilic aromatic substitution.
23: Electrophilic aromatic Substitution.
24: The Diels-Alder reaction and other pericyclic reactions.
25: Reactions involving free radicals.
Interchapter 2:  Fragmentation pathways in mass spectrometry
26: Polymers