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Understanding Organic Reaction Mechanismsby Adam Jacobs
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This book describes the principles that govern chemical reactivity, and shows how these principles can be used to make predictions about the mechanisms and outcomes of chemical reactions. Molecular orbital theory is used to provide up-to-date explanations of chemical reactivity, in an entirely nonmathematical approach suited to organic chemists. A valuable section explains the use of curly arrows, vital for describing reaction mechanisms. An entire chapter is devoted to exploring the thought processes involved in predicting the mechanisms of unfamiliar reactions. Each chapter is followed by a summary of the important points and a selection of problems to help the reader make sure that the material in that chapter has been assimilated. The book concludes with a comprehensive glossary of technical terms. This text will be of interest to first- and second-year chemistry undergraduates studying organic chemistry.
First/second year text in chemistry.
An understanding of organic reaction mechanisms is an essential part of any undergraduate chemistry course. This book describes the principles that govern chemical reactivity, and shows how these principles can be used to make predictions about the mechanisms and outcomes of chemical reactions. This text will be of interest to first- and second-year chemistry undergraduates studying organic chemistry.
Table of Contents
1. Chemical structure; 2. Ionic species; 3. Why reactions happen; 4. Reactive carbon species; 5. The effect of heteroatoms; 6. Types of reaction; 7. Techniques for investigating mechanisms; 8. How to suggest mechanisms; 9. Case histories; Glossary; Answers to problems; Index.
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