Organic Chemistry: The Name Game

Organic Chemistry: The Name Game

Modern Coined Terms and Their Origins

1st Edition - January 1, 1987

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  • Authors: Alex Nickon, Ernest F. Silversmith
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483145235

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Organic Chemistry: The Name Game: Modern Coined Terms and their Origins is a lighthearted take on the usually difficult and systematic nomenclature found in organic chemistry. However, despite the lightheartedness, the book does not lose its purpose, which is to serve as a source of information on this particular subject of organic chemistry. The book, arranged into themes, discusses some organic compounds and how they are named based on their structure, makeup, and components. The text also explains the use of Greek and Latin prefixes in nomenclature and many other principles in nomenclature. The book also includes an appendix that contains very useful information on nomenclature, such as the etymology of certain element and chemical names, numerical prefixes, and the Greek alphabet. The text is not only for students who wish to be familiarized with a different style of organic chemistry nomenclature, but also for professors who aim to give students an enjoyable yet memorable learning experience.

Table of Contents

  • Foreword



    1. An Animal is a Chemist's Best Friend

    2. Hats off to Organic!

    3. Tools of Our Trade

    4. Edifice Complexes

    5. Chemistry is No Flask in the Pan

    6. We Aren't All Squares!

    7. The Well-Furnished Chemical Domicile

    8. Food for the Palate and the Mind

    9. Join Organic and See the World

    10. Our Colleagues and Some Other Folks

    11. Elements, My Dear Watson

    12. Our Molecules are Really Built!

    13. Don't Just Stand There. Do Something!

    14. We've Got Your Number-and Your Letter

    15. Molecules Have Home Towns, Too!

    16. Everything Equals the Sum of Its Parts

    17. I Want to Be Alone!

    18. That's the Way it Goes!

    19. It's the Principle of the Thing

    20. Leftovers


    A. Brief Etymology of Some Traditional Chemical Names

    B. Origins of Element Names

    C. Latin and Greek Terms for Numbers

    D. Numerical Prefixes in Chemical Words

    E. Greek Alphabet

    F. Nobel Prizes in the Sciences


Product details

  • No. of pages: 360
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Pergamon 1987
  • Published: January 1, 1987
  • Imprint: Pergamon
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483145235

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Alex Nickon

Ernest F. Silversmith

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