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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,

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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 (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780534409340
  • Publisher: Brooks/Cole
  • Publication date: 4/1/2003
  • Edition description: Study Guide
  • Edition number: 6
  • Product dimensions: 8.34 (w) x 10.70 (h) x 1.89 (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
2 Bonding and Molecular Properties 39
3 The Nature of Organic Compounds: Alkanes and Cycloalkanes 67
4 Stereochemistry of Alkanes and Cycloalkanes 102
5 An Overview of Organic Reactions 140
6 Alkenes: Structure and Reactivity 170
7 Alkenes: Reactions and Synthesis 213
8 Alkynes 254
9 Stereochemistry 284
10 Alkyl Halldes 332
11 Reactions of Alkyl Halldes: Nucleophilic Substitutions and Eliminations 359
12 Structure Determination: Mass Spectroscopy and Infrared Spectroscopy 411
13 Structure Determination: Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy 442
14 Conjugated Dienes and Ultraviolet Spectroscopy 488
15 Benzene and Aromaticity 525
16 Chemistry of Benzene: Electrophilic Aromatic Substitution 560
Organic Reactions: A Brief Review 614
17 Alcohols and Thiols 626
18 Ethers, Epoxides, and Sulfides 670
Chemistry of Carbonyl Compounds: An Overview 694
19 Aldehydes and Ketones: Nucleophilic Addition Reactions 708
20 Carboxylic Acids 767
21 Carboxylic Acid Derivatives and Nucleophilic Acyl Substitution Reactions 794
22 Carbonyl Alpha-Substitution Reactions 846
23 Carbonyl Condensation Reactions 877
24 Carbohydrates 916
25 Aliphatic Amines 957
26 Arylamines and Phenols 1000
27 Amino Acids, Peptides, and Proteins 1036
28 Lipids 1079
29 Heterocycles and Nucleic Acids 1107
30 Orbitals and Organic Chemistry: Pericyclic Reactions 1149
31 Synthetic Polymers 1185
App. A Nomenclature of Polyfunctional Organic Compounds A1
App. B Acidiry Constants for Some Organic Compounds A8
App. C Glossary A10
App. D Answers to Selected in-Text Problems A33
Index I-1
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