This book begins with a brief survey of non-kinetic methods, and continues with kinetic methods used for the elucidation of reaction mechanisms. It is method oriented and therefore deals with the following topics: basic principles of reaction kinetics; Structure and reactivity relationships; isotope effects; acids, bases, electrophiles and nucleophiles; and concludes with homogeneous catalysis.
Rigorous mathematical descriptions of the basic principles are provided in a clear and easily understandable form. The book is more comprehensive than many physical organic texts and it is supported by an extensive list of references. It also contains a valuable collection of problems.