Writing Reaction Mechanisms in Organic Chemistry

Writing Reaction Mechanisms in Organic Chemistry

2nd Edition - November 4, 1999

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  • Author: Philippa Solomon
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080521336

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Writing Reaction Mechanisms in Organic Chemistry, Second Edition, is an invaluable guide to charting the movements of atoms and electrons in the reactions of organic molecules. Miller and Solomon illustrate that understanding organic reactions is based on applying general principles rather than the rote memorization of unrelated processes, and, in turn, emphasize that writing mechanisms is a practical method of applying knowledge of previously encountered reactions and reaction conditions to new reactions. Students and research chemists alike will find this book useful in providing a method of organizing and synthesizing an oftentimes overwhelming quantity of information into a set of general principles and guidelines for determining and describing organic reaction mechanisms.

Key Features

  • llustrated with hundreds of chemical structures, all redrawn from the first edition, with added
    emphasis on three-dimensional structures and stereochemical aspects of reaction mechanisms
  • Extensively rewritten and reorganized to make the presentation and format more accessible to first-year organic chemistry students, as well as advanced undergraduate and graduate students
  • Chapter 6 is completely revised to streamline the treatment of pericyclic reactions, while introducing the principles underlying the symmetry operations and orbital correlation diagrams
  • New appendixes in this edition contain easily referenced information on Lewis structures, chemical symbols and notation, and relative acidities of common functional groups


Upper-division undergraduate and graduate students in organic chemistry, synthetic organic chemistry, advanced organic chemistry, organic chemistry reactions, etc.

Table of Contents

  • Molecular Structure and Reactivity.
    General Principles for Writing Organic Mechanisms. Reactions of Nucleophiles and Bases.
    Reactions Involving Acids and Other Electrophiles. Radicals and Radical Anions.
    Pericyclic Reactions.
    Additional Problems.

Product details

  • No. of pages: 488
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 1999
  • Published: November 4, 1999
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080521336

About the Author

Philippa Solomon

Philippa H. Solomon received her Ph.D. from Boston University in 1972. She did her post doctoral work at the University of Pittsburgh from 1971-1972, and at Columbia University from 1972-1975.

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Edison, New Jersey, U.S.A.

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