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In use at undergraduate and graduate schools of all levels, this authoritative yet accessible volume is packed with effective analogies that enliven and clarify rigorous discussions of important concepts. For example, Loudon uses a flute player jumping between musical octaves to explain transitions between quantum levels. An engaging detective with combined characteristics from Sherlock Holmes and James Bond depicts resonance structures. Thanks to humorous characters like Flick Flaskflinger and Professor Havno Scentz, problem-solving becomes simultaneously challenging and entertaining. Varying from the routine to the complex, Loudon's problems are renowned for their originality, their range of difficulty levels, and their ability to teach students to understand and predict organic reactivity rather than just memorize facts. In addition, Loudon blends biological, environmental, and industrial applications of organic chemistry into the body of the text--rather than separating them as "special topics"--giving students an integrated sense of the subject in its real-life context.
· Uses a high-resolution 300 MHz spectra run specifically for this text in an easy-to-read format that makes splitting patterns very clear.
· Includes new sections on transition-metal organometallic chemistry, reactions of pyridoxal phosphate, combinatorial synthesis, and drug design.
· Emphasizes both Bronsted and Lewis acid-base chemistry and their associated curved-arrow notations.
· Provides more than 1,500 excellent in-text problems that challenge students to think and analyze rather than just memorize.
· Presents "boxed asides" with interesting historical vignettes and analogies that enrich the text.
· Utilizes extensive cross-references between important concepts, thus saving students trips to the index.
· Supplemented by a CD-ROM--"Dynamic Organic Chemistry"--containing original animations (Mac and Windows compatible).
|1||What is organic chemistry?||1|
|Organic chemistry and this book||13|
|3||Determining organic structures||47|
|4||Structure of molecules||81|
|6||Nucleophilic addition to the carbonyl group||135|
|7||Delocalization and conjugation||151|
|8||Acidity, basicity, and pK[subscript a]||181|
|9||Using organometallic reagents to make C-C bonds||209|
|11||Proton nuclear magnetic resonance||243|
|12||Nucleophilic substitution at the carbonyl (C=O) group||279|
|13||Equilibria, rates, and mechanisms: summary of mechanistic principles||305|
|14||Nucleophilic substitution at C=O with loss of carbonyl oxygen||339|
|15||Review of spectroscopic methods||361|
|17||Nucleophilic substitution at saturated carbon||407|
|20||Electrophilic addition to alkenes||503|
|21||Formation and reactions of enols and enolates||523|
|22||Electrophilic aromatic substitution||547|
|24||Chemoselectivity: selective reactions and protection||615|
|25||Synthesis in action||643|
|26||Alkylation of enolates||663|
|27||Reactions of enolates with aldehydes and ketones: the aldol reaction||689|
|28||Acylation at carbon||723|
|29||Conjugate addition of enolates||749|
|31||Controlling the geometry of double bonds||803|
|32||Determination of stereochemistry by spectroscopic methods||823|
|33||Stereoselective reactions of cyclic compounds||851|
|35||Pericyclic reactions 1: cycloadditions||905|
|36||Pericyclic reactions 2: sigmatropic and electrocyclic reactions||943|
|40||Synthesis and reactions of carbenes||1053|
|41||Determining reaction mechanisms||1079|
|42||Saturated heterocycles and stereoelectronics||1121|
|43||Aromatic heterocycles 1: structures and reactions||1147|
|44||Aromatic heterocycles 2: synthesis||1185|
|46||Organo-main-group chemistry 1: sulfur||1247|
|47||Organo-main-group chemistry 2: boron, silicon, and tin||1277|
|49||The chemistry of life||1345|
|50||Mechanisms in biological chemistry||1381|
|53||Organic chemistry today||1481|
Great book that professors can adapt for classes for students aspiring to grad school, or for a more basic class. I used this as an undergrad before deciding to get my PhD. I tutored for many years and have seen professors at various colleges adapt the text to the level they want to teach at. Great descriptive, real life applications throughout the book as expanded assides.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 9, 2003
This book was a great dissapointment. The main problem being that it packs way too much information in with out doing a good job of explaining or simplifying the material, which by the way should be the main aim of any text book. Organic Chemistry is usually a dull and difficult subject and this book does a good job of improving this negative reputation. The book seems to have been written for a professor or a graduate student as opposed to a student taking the course for the first time. My advice is to study from another book or convince your professor to change to another text.
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