Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry / Edition 7

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Overview

Retaining the concise, to-the-point presentation that has already helped thousands of students move beyond memorization to a true understanding of the beauty and logic of organic chemistry, this Seventh Edition of John McMurry's FUNDAMENTALS OF ORGANIC CHEMISTRY brings in new, focused content that shows students how organic chemistry applies to their everyday lives. In addition, redrawn chemical structures and artwork help students visualize important chemical concepts, a greater emphasis on biologically-related chemistry (including new problems) helps them grasp the enormous importance of organic chemistry in understanding the reactions that occur in living organisms, and new End ofChapter problems keyed to OWL allow them to work text-specific problems online. Lastly, for this edition, John McMurry reevaluated and revised his writing at the sentence level to ensure that the book's explanations, applications, and examples are more student-friendly, relevant, and motivating than ever before.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"We have found the McMurry texts to be unique in their utility for our two cycle approach and we are able to efficiently service two groups of students with different needs. For these reasons, we have been satisfied and have seen no reason for change." Robert Cameron, Samford University

"Chapter 9 is well organized and includes an appropriate selection of material given the overall topic. The in-chapter problems are well chosen and presented in a timely manner. The illustrations are helpful and there are lots of end-of-chapter problems for students to work." Steven Holmgren, Montana State University

"Chapter 17 is an excellent chapter…. It seems as though the author has a particular fondness for this topic that shows in his thoughtful and entertaining handling of the subject matter. The use of color to help students follow the transfer of atoms and pieces of molecules during catalytic reactions in this chapter is very effective. The author is also commended for his frequent reminders to the reader that these biological processes are comprised of organic reactions that they have studied earlier in the book." Alvan C. Hengge, Utah State University

From The Critics
McMurry (Cornell U.) presents the new edition of his textbook, which is organized according to functional group, beginning with the simple alkenes and progressing to the more complex biomolecules. With emphasis on the fundamental mechanistic similarities of reactions, coverage includes acids and bases, alkenes and alkynes, aromatic compounds, stereochemistry, alkyl halides, alcohols, phenols, ethers, aldehydes and ketones, carboxylic acids and derivatives, carbonyl alpha-substitution reactions and condensation reactions, amines, structure determination, and the organic chemistry of metabolic pathways. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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A standard text for a brief course in organic chemistry. The primary organization is by functional group, beginning with alkanes and going on to more complex compounds. This revised edition features expanded problem sets, many new drill problems, and a new chapter titled "The Organic Chemistry of Metabolic Pathways." Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781439049716
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 1/1/2010
  • Series: Available Titles OWL Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 7
  • Pages: 672
  • Sales rank: 510,848
  • Product dimensions: 8.10 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

John E. McMurry received his B.A. from Harvard University and his Ph.D. at Columbia University. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and an Alfred P. Sloan Research Foundation Fellow. He has received several awards, which include the National Institutes of Health Career Development Award, the Alexander von Humboldt Senior Scientist Award, and the Max Planck Research Award. In addition to ORGANIC CHEMISTRY, he is also the author or coauthor of ORGANIC CHEMISTRY: A BIOLOGICAL APPROACH, FUNDAMENTALS OF ORGANIC CHEMISTRY, THE ORGANIC CHEMISTRY OF BIOLOGICAL PATHWAYS.

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Table of Contents

1. Structure and Bonding; Acids and Bases. 2. The Nature of Organic Compounds: Alkanes. 3. The Nature of Organic Reactions: Alkenes. 4. Reactions of Alkenes and Alkynes. 5. Aromatic Compounds. 6. Stereochemistry. 7. Alkyl Halides. 8. Alcohols, Phenols, and Ethers. 9. Aldehydes and Ketones: Nucleophilic Addition Reactions. 10. Carboxylic Acids and Derivatives. 11. Carbonyl Alpha-Substitution Reactions and Condensation Reactions. 12. Amines. INTERLUDE: THE ROADMAP OF CHEMICAL REACTIONS. 13. Structure Determination. 14. Biomolecules: Carbohydrates. 15. Biomolecules: Amino Acids, Peptides, and Proteins. 16. Biomolecules: Lipids and Nucleic Acids. 17. The Organic Chemistry of Metabolic Pathways.

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