Organic Chemistry I for Dummies

ISBN-10: 0764569023
ISBN-13: 9780764569029
Edition: 2005
Authors: Arthur Winter
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List price: $19.99
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 7/8/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 408
Size: 7.50" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.606
Language: English

A plain-English guide to one of the toughest science courses around Organic chemistry is rated among the most difficult courses that students take and is frequently the cause of washout among pre-med, medical, and nursing students. This book is an easy-to-understand and fun reference to this challenging subject. It explains the principles of organic chemistry in simple terms and includes worked-out problems to help readers get up to speed on the basics.

About This Book
Conventions Used in This Book
Foolish Assumptions
How This Book Is Organized
Icons Used in This Book
Where to Go from Here
Going Organic: The Chemistry of Carbon
The Wonderful World of Organic Chemistry
Shaking Hands with Organic Chemistry
What Are Organic Molecules, Exactly?
An Organic Chemist by Any Other Name
Dissecting Atoms: Atomic Structure and Bonding
Electron House-Arrest: Shells and Orbitals
Atom Marriage: Bonding
To Share or Not to Share: Ionic and Covalent Bonding
Separating Charge: Dipole Moments
Seeing Molecular Geometries
It's All Greek to Me: Sigma and Pi Bonding
Speaking with Pictures: Drawing Structures
Picture-Talk: Lewis Structures
Problem Solving: Arrow Pushing
Drawing Resonance Structures
Covering the Bases (And the Acids)
A Defining Moment: Acid-Base Definitions
Comparing Acidities of Organic Molecules
Defining pKa: A Quantitative Scale of Acidity
Problem Solving: Predicting the Direction of Acid-Base Reactions at Equilibrium
Reactivity Centers: Functional Groups
Singly Bonded Heteroatoms
Carbonyl Compounds
Test Your Knowledge
Seeing in 3-D: Stereochemistry
Drawing Molecules in 3-D
Comparing Stereoisomers and Constitutional Isomers
Mirror Image Molecules: Enantiomers
Seeing Chiral Centers
Assigning Configurations to Chiral Centers: The R/S Nomenclature
Problem Solving: Determining R/S Configuration
The Consequences of Symmetry: Meso Compounds
Rotating Plane-Polarized Light
Multiple Chiral Centers: Diastereomers
Representing 3-D Structures on Paper: Fischer Projections
Keeping the Jargon Straight
The Bones of Organic Molecules: The Alkanes
What's in a Name? Alkane Nomenclature
Converting a Name to a Structure
Problem Solving: Drawing Isomers from a Molecular Formula
Conformation of Straight-Chain Alkanes
Full Circle: Cycloalkanes
Problem Solving: Drawing the Most Stable Chair Conformation
Reacting Alkanes: Free Radical Halogenation
Seeing Double: The Alkenes
Defining Alkenes
Taking Away Hydrogens: Degrees of Unsaturation
Nomenclature of alkenes
Stereochemistry of alkenes
Stabilities of Alkenes
Formation of Alkenes
Reactions of Alkenes
It Takes Alkynes: The Carbon-Carbon Triple Bond
Naming Alkynes
Seeing Alkyne Orbitals
Alkynes in Rings
Making Alkynes
Functional Groups
Replacing and Removing: Substitution and Elimination Reactions
Group Swap: Substitution Reactions
Seeing Second-Order Substitution: The S[subscript N]2 Mechanism
First-Order Substitution: The S[subscript N]1 Reaction
Seeing Elimination Reactions
Help! Distinguishing Substitution from Elimination
Getting Drunk on Organic Molecules: The Alcohols
Classifying Alcohols
An Alcohol By Any Other Name: Naming Alcohols
Alcohol-Making Reactions
Reactions of Alcohols
Side-By-Side: Conjugated Alkenes and the Diels-Alder Reaction
Seeing Conjugated Double Bonds
Addition of Hydrohalic Acids to Conjugated Alkenes
The Diels-Alder Reaction
Problem Solving: Determining Products of Diels-Alder Reaction
Lord of the Rings: Aromatic Compounds
Defining Aromatic Compounds
Explaining Aromaticity: Molecular Orbital Theory
Problem Solving: Determining Aromaticity
Problem Solving: Predicting Acidities and Basicities
Naming Benzenes and Aromatics
Bringing Out the Howitzers: Electrophilic Aromatic Substitution of Benzene
Adding Two: Synthesis of Disubstituted Benzenes
Problem Solving: Synthesis of Substituted Benzenes
Nucleophiles Attack! Nucleophilic Aromatic Substitution
Spectroscopy and Structure Determination
A Smashing Time: Mass Spectrometry
Defining Mass Spectrometry
Taking Apart a Mass Spectrometer
The Mass Spectrum
Kind and Caring: Sensitivity of Mass Spec
Resolving the Problem: Resolution
Changing the Weight: Isotopes
The Nitrogen Rule
Identifying Common Fragmentation Patterns
Key Ideas Checklist
Seeing Good Vibrations: IR Spectroscopy
Bond Calisthenics: Infrared Absorption
Dissecting an IR Spectrum
Identifying the Functional Groups
Seeing to the Left of the C-H Absorptions
Seeing to the Right of the C-H Absorptions
NMR Spectroscopy: Hold on to Your Hats, You're Going Nuclear!
Why NMR?
How NMR Works
The NMR Spectrum
The NMR Spectrum Manual: Dissecting the Pieces
Considering Carbon NMR
Checklist: Putting the Pieces Together
Following the Clues: Solving Problems in NMR
Follow the Clues
Working Problems
Three Common Mistakes in NMR Problem Solving
The Part of Tens
Ten Keys for Surviving Orgo
Have a Good Attitude
Work the Problems
Don't Fall Behind
Study the Right Way
Go to Class
Get Help When You Need It
Ask Questions
Do Organic Every Day
Take Exams the Right Way
Work the Problems
Ten Cool Organic Discoveries
Explosives and Dynamite!
The Synthesis of Urea
The Handedness of Tartaric Acid
Diels-Alder Reaction
Ten Great Organic Chemists
Robert Burns Woodward
August Kekule
K.C. Nicolaou
E.J. Corey
Louis Pasteur
Dorothy Hodgkin
Emil Fischer
Linus Pauling
John Pople
Friedrich Wohler and Adolf Kolbe
Working Multistep Synthesis Problems
Why Multistep Synthesis?
The Five Commandments
Working Reaction Mechanisms
The Two Unspoken Mechanism Types
Do's and Don'ts for Working Mechanisms
Types of Mechanisms
Seeing by Example: Example Mechanism Problem

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