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Organic Chemistry

A Mechanistic Approach

Tadashi Okuyama and Howard Maskill

Publication Date - 01 January 2014

ISBN: 9780199693276

688 pages
10.4 x 7.7 inches

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A concise review of essential concepts


Organic Chemistry: A Mechanistic Approach provides students with a concise review of the essential concepts underpinning the subject. It combines a focus on core topics and themes with a mechanistic approach to the explanation of the reactions it describes, making it ideal for those looking for a solid understanding of the central themes of organic chemistry.

Opening with a review of chemical bonding and molecular shape and structure, the book then introduces the principal groups of organic compound before exploring the range of reactions they undergo. It retains an emphasis throughout on how and why organic compounds behave in the way they do, with the closing chapter on characterization methods describing how the structure and composition of organic compounds can be studied in practice.

A range of learning features--including full-color art, sidebars, in-text questions, and end-of-chapter problems--helps students to digest and fully understand the concepts being presented.

With an understanding of organic chemistry being central to the study and practice of a range of disciplines, Organic Chemistry is the ideal resource for those studying a one- or two-semester organic chemistry course as part of a broader program of study in the physical and life sciences.


For registered adopters of the book:
- Figures from the book in electronic format
- Answers to end-of-chapter problems
- Examples of organic synthesis reactions that are related to topics covered in the book
- Additional problems (with answers)

For students:
- Answers to in-chapter exercises
- 3D-rotatable models of numerous compounds featured in the book
- Multiple-choice questions for each chapter

About the Author(s)

Tadashi Okuyama is Professor Emeritus at the University of Hyogo, Japan, where his research has explored organic reaction mechanisms, acid-base catalysis, and heteroatom chemistry. His teaching has included organic chemistry and advanced courses in physical organic chemistry. He has published a number of textbooks in Japanese, and has also translated a number of English language texts for the Japanese market.

Howard Maskill is a Guest Member of Staff in the School of Chemistry at Newcastle University, UK, having retired as Senior Lecturer in 2004. His research explores the mechanism of reactions of organic compounds in solution.

Table of Contents

    1. Chemical Bonding and Molecules

    2. Molecular Structure and Shapes of Organic Molecules

    3. Organic Compounds: Their Functional Groups, Intermolecular Interactions, and Physical Properties

    4. Conformation and Strain in Molecules

    5. Conjugation, Pi-Electrion Delocalization, and Aromaticity

    6. Acids and Bases

    7. Organic Reactions and Concept of Mechanism

    8. Nucleophilic Addition to the Carbonyl Group in Aldehydes and Ketones

    9. Nucleophilic Substitution of Carboxylic Acid Derivatives

    10. Hydride Reduction and Grignard Reactions of Carbonyl Compounds

    11. Stereochemistry and Handedness of Molecules

    12. Nucleophilic Substitution and Elimination Reactions of Haloalkanes

    13. Reactions of Alcohols, Ethers, and Alkynes

    14. Electrophilic Addition to Alkenes and Alkynes

    15. Electrophilic Aromatic Substitution

    16. Enolate Anions and Their Reactions

    17. Nucleophilic Addition to Electrophilic Alkenes

    18. Nucleophilic Aromatic Substitution

    19. Condensed Polycyclic Aromatic and Heteroaromatic Compounds

    20. Rearrangement Reactions

    21. Reactions Involving Radicals

    22. Organic Synthesis

    23. Biomolecules

    24. Characterization of Organic Compounds

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