March's Advanced Organic Chemistry: Reactions, Mechanisms, and Structure / Edition 5

Hardcover (Print)
Buy Used
Buy Used from
(Save 37%)
Item is in good condition but packaging may have signs of shelf wear/aging or torn packaging.
Condition: Used – Good details
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $11.99
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 89%)
Other sellers (Hardcover)
  • All (13) from $11.99   
  • New (4) from $64.98   
  • Used (9) from $11.99   
Sort by
Page 1 of 1
Showing All
Note: Marketplace items are not eligible for any coupons and promotions
Seller since 2008

Feedback rating:



New — never opened or used in original packaging.

Like New — packaging may have been opened. A "Like New" item is suitable to give as a gift.

Very Good — may have minor signs of wear on packaging but item works perfectly and has no damage.

Good — item is in good condition but packaging may have signs of shelf wear/aging or torn packaging. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Acceptable — item is in working order but may show signs of wear such as scratches or torn packaging. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Used — An item that has been opened and may show signs of wear. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Refurbished — A used item that has been renewed or updated and verified to be in proper working condition. Not necessarily completed by the original manufacturer.


Ships from: Chicago, IL

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
Seller since 2015

Feedback rating:


Condition: New
Brand New Item.

Ships from: Chatham, NJ

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Canadian
  • International
  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
  • Express, 48 States
  • Express (AK, HI)
Seller since 2015

Feedback rating:


Condition: New
Brand new.

Ships from: acton, MA

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
Seller since 2015

Feedback rating:


Condition: New
Brand new.

Ships from: acton, MA

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
Page 1 of 1
Showing All
Sort by


Organic chemistry is the study of carbon-based compounds. The reactions, mechanisms, and structures of organic compounds are key to understanding life processes in biochemistry, medicine, pharmacology, as well as wide a variety of other chemical behaviors.
Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"In conclusion, this latest, mammoth edition of March/Smith is highly recommended."  (Organic Process Research & Development, 1 June 2013)
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471585893
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/28/2001
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 2112
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.32 (h) x 2.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Micheal B. Smith, PhD, is a professor in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Connecticut, Storrs, Connecticut.

Jerry March, PhD, (deceased) was a professor in the Department of Chemistry at Adelphi University, Garden City, New York.

Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

Bibliographical Note
1 Localized Chemical Bonding 3
2 Delocalized Chemical Bonding 32
3 Bonding Weaker than Covalent 98
4 Stereochemistry 125
5 Carbocations, Carbanions, Free Radicals, Carbenes, and Nitrenes 218
6 Mechanisms and Methods of Determining Them 274
7 Photochemistry 306
8 Acids and Bases 327
9 Effects of Structure on Reactivity 363
10 Aliphatic Nucleophilic Substitution 389
11 Aromatic Electrophilic Substitution 675
12 Aliphatic Electrophilic Substitution 759
13 Aromatic Nucleophilic Substitution 850
14 Free-Radical Substitution 894
15 Addition to Carbon - Carbon Multiple Bonds 970
16 Addition to Carbon - Hetero Multiple Bonds 1172
17 Eliminations 1299
18 Rearrangements 1377
19 Oxidations and Reductions 1506
App. A The Literature of Organic Chemistry 1605
App. B Classification of Reactions by Type of Compound Synthesized 1642
Author Index 1694
Subject Index 1937
Read More Show Less


Knowledge of organic chemistry continues to move ahead on many fronts. New journals continue to appear and older ones increase in frequency of publication and/or in number of papers published. This Fifth Edition of Advanced Organic Chemistry has been thoroughly revised to reflect this growth. Every topic retained from the fourth edition has been brought up to date. Changes, ranging from minor to extensive, have been made on virtually every page of the Fifth Edition. More than 2800 new references have been added. Several older references were deleted and in cases where a series of papers by the same principal author were cited, all but the most recent were deleted. The older citations should be found in the more recent one or ones. A few changes were made in the organization, but the structure of the Fifth Edition is essentially the same as that of all previous ones. A total of 41 new sections were added, and 54 old ones were deleted. In most cases, the information from the deleted sections was combined with others or moved to another section. The new sections reflect new aspects of organic chemistry. Representative examples include 10-20 (hydroxylation of silanes), 15-36 (radical cyclization), 15-47 (dihydroxylation of aromatic rings), and 19-15 (oxidation of methylene to OH, 02CR, or OR). In some cases, old sections were split to reflect modern applications. Representative examples are the Diels-Alder reaction (split into the normal reaction and heteroatom Diels-Alder reactions; 15-58 and 15-59); the aldol and the Mukaiyama aldol reaction (16-38 and 16-39); and the reaction of organometallic reagents with alkyl halides (10-94 for Group I and 11 metals, 10-95 fororganocuprates, and 10-96 for other metal reagents). Like the first four editions, this edition is intended to be a textbook for a course in advanced organic chemistry taken by students who have had the standard undergraduate organic and physical chemistry courses.

The goal, as in previous editions, is to give equal weight to the three fundamental aspects of the study of organic chemistry: reactions, mechanisms, and structure. A student who has completed a course based on this book should be able to approach the literature directly, with a sound knowledge of modern basic organic chemistry. Major special areas of organic chemistry (terpenes, carbohydrates, proteins, many organometallic reagents, combinatorial chemistry, polymerization and electrochemical reactions, steroids, etc.) have been treated lightly or ignored completely. I share Professor March's opinion that these topics are best approached after the first year of graduate study, when the fundamentals have been mastered, either in advanced courses, or directly, by consulting the many excellent books and review articles available on these subjects. In addition, many of these topics are so vast, they are beyond the scope of this book.

The organization is based on reaction types, so the student can be shown that despite the large number of organic reactions, a relatively few principles suffice to explain nearly all of them. Accordingly, the reactions-mechanisms section of this book (Part 2) is divided into 10 chapters (10-19), each concerned with a different type of reaction. In the first part of each chapter, the appropriate basic mechanisms are discussed along with considerations of reactivity and orientation, while the second part consists of numbered sections devoted to individual reactions, where the scope and the mechanism of each reaction are discussed. Numbered sections are used for the reactions. For a further discussion of the arrangement of Part 2, see page 382. Since the methods for the preparation of individual classes of compounds (e.g., ketones and nitriles) are not treated all in one place, an index has been provided (Appendix B) by use of which all methods for the preparation of a given type of compound will be found. For each reaction, a list of Organic Syntheses references is given when that is possible. Thus for most reactions the student can consult actual examples in Organic Syntheses. It is important to note that the numbers for each reaction differ from one edition to the other, and many of the sections in the Fifth Edition do not correlate with the Fourth. Hydroboration was found in Section 15-12 in the Fourth Edition, for example, but it appears in Section 15-16 in the Fifth.

The structure of organic compounds is discussed in the first five chapters of Part 1. This section provides a necessary background for understanding mechanisms and is also important in its own right. The discussion begins with chemical bonding and ends with a chapter on stereochemistry. There follow two chapters on reaction mechanisms in general, one for ordinary reactions and the other for photochemical reactions. Part 1 concludes with two more chapters that give further background to the study of mechanisms.

In addition to reactions, mechanisms, and structure, the student should have some familiarity with the literature of organic chemistry. A chapter devoted to this topic has been placed in Appendix A, though many teachers may wish to cover this material at the beginning of the course.

The IUPAC names for organic transformations, first introduced in the Third Edition, is included. Since then the rules have been broadened to cover additional cases; hence more such names are given in this edition. Furthermore, IUPAC has now published a new system for designating reaction mechanisms (see p. 384), and some of the simpler designations are included.

In treating a subject as broad as the basic structures, reactions, and mechanisms of organic chemistry, it is obviously not possible to cover each topic in great depth. Nor would this be desirable even if possible. Nevertheless, students will often wish to pursue individual topics further. An effort has therefore been made to guide the reader to pertinent review articles and books published since about 1965. In this respect, this book is intended to be a guide to the secondary literature (since about 1965) of the areas it covers. Furthermore, in a graduate course, students should be encouraged to consult primary sources. To this end, more than 12,000 references to original papers have been included.

Although basically designed for a one-year course on the graduate level, this book can also be used in advanced undergraduate courses but a one-year course in organic chemistry prior to this is essential, and a one-year course in physical chemistry is strongly recommended. It can also be adapted, by the omission of a large part of its contents, to a one-semester course. Indeed, even for a one-year course, more is included than can be conveniently covered. Many individual sections can be easily omitted without disturbing continuity.

The reader will observe that this text contains much material that is included in first-year organic and physical chemistry courses, though in most cases it goes more deeply into each subject and, of course, provides references, which first-year texts do not. It has been my experience that students who have completed the first-year courses often have a hazy recollection of the material and greatly profit from a representation of the material if it is organized in a different way. It is hoped that the organization of the material on reactions and mechanisms will greatly aid the memory and the understanding. In any given course, the teacher may want to omit some chapters because his students already have an adequate knowledge of the material, or because there are other graduate courses that cover the areas more thoroughly. Chapters 1, 4, and 7 especially may fall into one of these categories.

Although this is a textbook, it has been designed to have reference value also. Students preparing for qualifying examinations and practicing organic chemists will find that Part 2 contains a survey of what is known about the mechanism and scope of about 580 reactions, arranged in an orderly manner based on reaction type and on which bonds are broken and formed. Also valuable for reference purposes are the previously mentioned lists of reactions classified by type of compound prepared (Appendix B) and of all of the Organic Syntheses references to each reaction.

Anyone who writes a book such as this, where international rules mandate one system, but published papers use another is faced with the question of which units to use. Two instances are the units used for energies and for bond distances. For energies, IUPAC mandates joules, and many journals do use this unit exclusively. However, organic chemists who publish in United States journals overwhelmingly use calories, and this situation shows no signs of changing in the near future. Since previous editions of this book have been used extensively both in this country and abroad, I have now adopted the practice of giving virtually all energy values in both calories and joules. The question of units for bond distances is easier to answer. Although IUPAC does not recommend angstrom units, nearly all bond distances published in the literature anywhere in the world, whether in organic or in crystallographic journals, are in these units, though a few papers do use picometers. Therefore, I continue to use only angstrom units.

I acknowledge the contributions of those chemists cited and thanked by Professor March in the previous four editions.

Special thanks are due to the STM division of John Wiley & Sons, Dr. Darla Henderson, Shirley Thomas, and Jeannette Stiefel and the other editors at Wiley for their fine work in turning the manuscript into the finished book. I gratefully acknowledge the contribution of Ted Hoffman, the editor who worked with Professor March to make sure there was a Fifth Edition. I am also grateful to those readers who wrote to tell Professor March about errors they discovered in the preceding editions or to make other comments. Such letters are always welcome.

I encourage those who read and use the Fifth Edition to contact me directly with comments, errors, and with publications that might be appropriate for future editions. I hope that this new edition will carry on the tradition that Professor March began with the first edition.

Micheal B. Smith
Storrs, Connecticut

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star


4 Star


3 Star


2 Star


1 Star


Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation


  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)