Organic Chemistry

1st Edition

Structure, Mechanism, and Synthesis

Authors: Robert Ouellette J. David Rawn
Hardcover ISBN: 9780128007808
eBook ISBN: 9780128010822
Imprint: Elsevier
Published Date: 20th June 2014
Page Count: 1240
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There are no shortcuts in organic chemistry. Understanding and mastery cannot be achieved without devoting adequate time and attention to the theories and concepts of the discipline. It is with this premise that Ouellette and Rawn set out to comprehensively survey the field in Organic Chemistry, with an emphasis on connecting the basic principles of organic chemistry to real world challenges that require analysis, not just recall.

Organic chemistry is at the interface of physical and biological science, and this new text lays out the basic principles of organic chemistry in their relation to a host of other fields in both physical and biological sciences. Chemical bonding determines molecular structure, which in turn dictates physical, chemical, and biological properties from the smallest molecules to the largest. Molecular structure determines reaction mechanisms, from the smallest to the largest molecules. Reaction mechanisms determine strategies for organic synthesis, and these synthetic principles extend to every aspect of synthesis, from drug design to the methods cells employ to synthesize the molecules of which they are made. These relationships form a continuous narrative throughout the book, wherein principles logically evolve from one to the next, from the simplest to the most complex examples, with abundant connections between the text and real world applications.

Key Features

  • Contains extensive examples of biological relevance
  • Includes an important chapter on organometallic chemistry not found in other standard references
  • Extended, illustrated glossary
  • Appendices on thermodynamics, kinetics, and transition state theory


Chemists, life scientists, food scientists, pharmacists, students in the physical and life sciences

Table of Contents

    <li>Dedication</li> <li>Acknowledgments</li> <li>Preface</li> <li>1: Structure and Bonding in Organic Compounds<ul><li>1.1 Brief Review of Atomic Structure</li><li>1.2 Atomic Properties</li><li>1.3 Ionic and Covalent Bonds</li><li>1.4 Strategies for Writing Lewis Structures</li><li>1.5 Formal Charge</li><li>1.6 Molecular Geometry</li><li>1.7 Resonance Structures</li><li>1.8 Valence Shell Electron Pair Repulsion Theory</li><li>1.9 Dipole Moments</li><li>1.10 Molecular Orbital Theory</li><li>1.11 The Hydrogen Molecule</li><li>1.12 Bonding in Carbon Compounds</li><li>1.13 sp<sup>3</sup> Hybridization of Carbon in Methane</li><li>1.14 sp<sup>3</sup> Hybridization of Carbon in Ethane</li><li>1.15 sp<sup>2</sup> Hybridization of Carbon in Ethene</li><li>1.16 sp Hybridization of Carbon in Ethyne</li><li>1.17 Effect of Hybridization on Bond Length and Bond Strength</li><li>1.18 Hybridization of Nitrogen</li><li>1.19 Hybridization of Oxygen</li><li>Exercises</li></ul></li> <li>2: Part I: Functional Groups and Their Properties<ul><li>2.1 Introduction to Functional Groups: Hydrocarbons and Haloalkanes</li><li>2.2 Functional Groups that Contain Oxygen</li><li>2.3 Functional Groups that Contain Nitrogen</li><li>2.4 Functional Groups that Contain Sulfur</li><li>2.5 Structural Formulas</li><li>2.6 Bond-Line Structures</li><li>2.7 Isomers</li><li>Part II: Identification of Functional Groups by Infrared Spectroscopy</li><li>2.8 Spectroscopy</li><li>2.9 Infrared Spectroscopy</li><li>2.10 Identifying Hydrocarbons</li><li>2.11 Identifying Oxygen-Containing Compounds</li><li>2.12 Identifying Nitrogen-Containing Compounds</li><li>2.13 Bending Deformations</li><li>End-of-Chapter Exercises</li></ul></li> <li>3: Introduction to Organic Reaction Mechanisms<ul><li>3.1 Acid&#x2013;Base reaction</li><li>3.2 Chemical Equilibrium and Equilibrium Constants</li><li>3.3&#xA0;pH and p<i>K</i> Values</li><li>3.4 Effect of Structure on Acidity</li><li>3.5 St


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About the Author

Robert Ouellette

Affiliations and Expertise

Emeritus Professor, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, USA

J. David Rawn

Affiliations and Expertise

Towson University, Baltimore, MD, USA


"...a good investment for undergraduate students studying organic, medicinal or biological chemistry...should also be appealing to those who teach organic chemistry at undergraduate level."-Education in Chemistry, Nov,14-2014