Organic Chemistry I For Dummies

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The easy way to take the confusion out of organic chemistry

Organic chemistry has a long-standing reputation as a difficult course. Organic Chemistry I For Dummies takes a simple approach to the topic, allowing you to grasp concepts at your own pace.

This fun, easy-to-understand guide explains the basic principles of organic chemistry in simple terms, providing insight into the language of organic chemists, the major classes of compounds, and ...

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Overview

The easy way to take the confusion out of organic chemistry

Organic chemistry has a long-standing reputation as a difficult course. Organic Chemistry I For Dummies takes a simple approach to the topic, allowing you to grasp concepts at your own pace.

This fun, easy-to-understand guide explains the basic principles of organic chemistry in simple terms, providing insight into the language of organic chemists, the major classes of compounds, and top trouble spots. You'll also get the nuts and bolts of tackling organic chemistry problems, from knowing where to start to spotting sneaky tricks that professors like to incorporate.

  • Refreshed example equations
  • New explanations and practical examples that reflect today's teaching methods
  • Fully worked-out organic chemistry problems

Baffled by benzines? Confused by carboxylic acids? Here's the help you need—in plain English!

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781118828076
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 4/21/2014
  • Series: For Dummies Series
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 408
  • Sales rank: 60,943
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 7.30 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Arthur Winter is a graduate of Frostburg State University, where he received his BS in chemistry. Winter received his PhD at the University of Maryland in 2007, where his research involved studying extremely short-lived reactive intermediates using laser spectroscopy. He is currently a chemistry professor at Iowa State University.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Part I: Getting Started with Organic Chemistry 5

Chapter 1: The Wonder ful World of Organic Chemistry 7

Chapter 2: Dissecting Atoms: Atomic Structure and Bonding 15

Chapter 3: Speaking with Pictures: Drawing Structures 35

Chapter 4: Covering the Bases (And the Acids) 59

Chapter 5: Reactivit y Centers: Functional Groups 69

Chapter 6: Seeing in 3-D: Stereochemistry 85

Part II: Hydrocarbons 103

Chapter 7: What’s in a Name? Alkane Nomenclature 105

Chapter 8: Drawing Alkanes 113

Chapter 9: Seeing Double: The Alkenes 129

Chapter 10: Reactions of Alkenes 145

Chapter 11: It Takes Alkynes: The Carbon-Carbon Triple Bond 159

Part III: Functional Groups 167

Chapter 12: Replacing and Removing: Substitution and Elimination Reactions 169

Chapter 13: Getting Drunk on Organic Molecules: The Alcohols 185

Chapter 14: Side-by-Side: Conjugated Alkenes and the Diels–Alder Reaction 193

Chapter 15: Lord of the Rings: Aromatic Compounds 203

Chapter 16: Bringing Out the Howitzers: Reactions of Aromatic Compounds 221

Part IV: Spectroscopy and Structure Determination 235

Chapter 17: A Smashing Time: Mass Spectrometry 237

Chapter 18: Seeing Good Vibrations: IR Spectroscopy 255

Chapter 19: NMR Spectroscopy: Hold onto Your Hats, You’re Going Nuclear! 267

Chapter 20: Following the Clues: Solving Problems in NMR 289

Part V: The Part of Tens 309

Chapter 21: Ten (Or So) Great Organic Chemists 311

Chapter 22: Ten Cool Organic Discoveries 317

Chapter 23: Ten Cool Organic Molecules 325

Part VI: Appendixes 331

Appendix A: Working Multistep Synthesis Problems 333

Appendix B: Working Reaction Mechanisms 341

Appendix C: Glossary 347

Index 359

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    This book SAVED my GPA at Rutgers!!

    I originally took organic chemistry relying solely on the textbook, and like most other students, failed miserably. I ended up retaking the course and thought I'd give this book a shot. It explains all the mechanisms and reactions in full detail in PLAIN AND EASY TO UNDERSTAND English. This book saved my GPA as the second time around I got an A in the course. AN A IN ORGANIC CHEMISTRY! Fortunately Rutgers will replace my original F so there you have it, a GPA and LIFE saver. Thank you so much Dummies Books and Barnes and Nobles for your great prices and book availability. I recommend it to all those unfortunate enough to have to take the course!

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    Works Well While Taking Organic Chemistry

    Although most people are struggling to find enough time for study during a school semester, this book is worth taking the time to read with your organic chemistry text. There is so much information in the text that it is refreshing to have a resource to assist in navigating which areas are more important than perhaps other. One cannot study everything no matter how much time is available and this resource helps to map the way.

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    As I got closer to my prereqs to be finished, I came upoon the c

    As I got closer to my prereqs to be finished, I came upoon the class I feared the most.... Organic Chemistry!!!! Then my prayers were answered when a friend and classmate suggested this superb book!!! It makes the topics soooooooo much more simple than it is taught through powerpoint lectures. I loved it and did not buy the old fashioned $200 Organic Chemistry book suggested. This is all I needed!!!! I am very fortunate for this and looking forward to more "Dummies" series.... They now have a second edition of this book too!!! Do the right thing, don't struggle and be confused, get this book!!!!!!

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