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Published: 15 March 2012

1,264 Pages | 3600 colour line drawings


ISBN: 9780199270293

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Organic Chemistry

Second Edition

Jonathan Clayden, Nick Greeves, and Stuart Warren

  • The course companion of choice for a generation of chemistry students.
  • Emphasis is on understanding rather than learning facts: organic chemistry emerges as a coherent whole, with numerous logical connections and consequences, and with an underlying structure and language.
  • Emphasis on mechanism, orbitals, and stereochemistry means that the student emerges with solid understanding of important factors common to all reactions, allowing interpretation/prediction of reactions not previously met.
  • Direct, personal, student-friendly writing style draws in and engages the reader, motivating them to learn more.
  • Extensive online support takes learning beyond the printed book, enhancing understanding still further.

New to this Edition:

  • All chapters have been reviewed and refined to provide a more student-friendly, more logical, and more coherent presentation of the subject as a whole.
  • Chapters are extensively cross-linked to a bank of over 500 interactive online resources, which help readers to visualise molecular structure, and gain a deeper and richer understanding of reaction mechanisms.
  • Early chapters have been recast to give a more carefully-graded learning curve, to avoid the student being confronted by too much, too soon.
  • Coverage of topics with particular practical relevance that have developed in the last ten years has been enhanced, including the presentation of metathesis, modern methods of asymmetric synthesis (including organic catalysis), 'click chemistry', and palladium-catalysed couplings.
  • A re-ordering of topics has brought new coherence to the coverage of subjects such as conjugate addition, which had previously been dispersed through the book, and has brought certain key topics, such as heterocyclic chemistry, earlier.
  • A new chapter on regioselectivity has been introduced.
  • Coverage of certain topics, including enolate chemistry, has been refined to give more focus to the book as a whole and tailor it more closely to the needs of undergraduates.
  • Suggestions for further reading have been added to most chapters to help students take the next step in their learning.

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