Organic Chemistry / Edition 8

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Master organic chemistry with the help of this proven best-seller! John McMurry's ORGANIC CHEMISTRY is consistently praised as the most clearly written book available for the course. In John McMurry's words: "I wrote this book because I love writing. I get great pleasure and satisfaction from taking a complicated subject, turning it around until I see it clearly from a new angle, and then explaining it in simple words." Through his lucid writing and ability to show the beauty and logic of organic chemistry, McMurry makes learning enjoyable. The highest compliment that can be given to a chemistry book applies to McMurry: It works!

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"I believe the text's main strength is its strong connection to biology, biochemistry and pharmaceutical chemistry and that this is a direction I would like to move our course. Also, establishing relevance to the world of student's is crucial and this text does a very good job in this area." - Stephen Godleski, The College at Brockport, SUNY

"McMurry is very clearly organized. Students find it readable, which is a remarkable accomplishment. The McMurry text has excellent problems and connects well to students interested in the biochemical and medicinal applications of organic chemistry. Although different from most other texts on the market, the introduction of alkene and alkyne reactions prior to substitution/elimination reactions is easily manageable, and in fact simpler, thus providing a smooth entry into organic reactions for new students. McMurry has excellent spectra and makes good use of color. Theelectrostatic potential maps are helpful at times."- Ernest G. Nolen, Colgage University

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The textbook uses a dual organization that blends the traditional functional-group approach with a mechanistic approach. The primary organization is by functional group, beginning with the simple alkenes and progressing to the more complex carbonyl group and biomolecules. The updated fifth edition adds sections on acid-base strength, organic acids and bases, and curved-arrow formalism. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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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. 2. Polar Covalent Bonds; Acids and Bases. 3. Organic Compounds: Alkanes and Their Stereochemistry. 4. Organic Compounds: Cycloalkanes and Their Stereochemistry 5. Stereochemistry at Tetrahedral Centers. 6. An Overview of Organic Reactions. 7. Alkenes: Structure and Reactivity. 8. Alkenes: Reactions and Synthesis. 9. Alkynes: An Introduction to Organic Synthesis. 10. Organohalides. 11. Reactions of Alkyl Halides: Nucleophilic Substitutions and Eliminations. 12. Structure Determination: Mass Spectrometry and Infrared Spectroscopy. 13. Structure Determination: Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy. 14. Conjugated Compounds and Ultraviolet Spectroscopy. 15. Benzene and Aromaticity. 16. Chemistry of Benzene: Electrophilic Aromatic Substitution. 17. Alcohols and Phenols. 18. Ethers and Epoxides; Thiols and Sulfides. Preview of Carbonyl Chemistry. 19. Aldehydes and Ketones: Nucleophilic Addition Reactions. 20. Carboxylic Acids and Nitriles. 21. Carboxylic Acid Derivatives: Nucleophilic Acyl Substitution Reactions. 22. Carbonyl Alpha-Substitution Reactions. 23. Carbonyl Condensation Reactions. 24. Amines and Heterocycles. 25. Biomolecules: Carbohydrates. 26. Biomolecules: Amino Acids, Peptides, and Proteins. 27. Biomolecules: Lipids. 28. Biomolecules: Nucleic Acids. 29. The Organic Chemistry of Metabolic Pathways. 30. Orbitals and Organic Chemistry: Pericyclic Reactions. 31. Synthetic Polymers.

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