Organic Chemistry Structure and Function

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  • Edition: 7th
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2014-01-01
  • Publisher: W. H. Freeman

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Organic Chemistry: Structure and Function 8e maintains the classic framework with a logical organization that an organic molecule’s structure will determine its function and strengthens a focus on helping students understand reactions, mechanisms, and synthetic analysis and their practical applications. The eighth edition presents a refined methodology, rooted in teaching expertise to promote student understanding and build problem solving skills. Paired with SaplingPlus, students will have access to an interactive and fully mobile ebook, interactive media features and well respected Sapling tutorial style problems—Where every problem emphasizes learning with hints, targeted feedback and detailed solutions as well as a unique pedagogically focused drawing tool.


Accessible Organization with a Classic Framework:

  • Framework emphasizes that the structure of an organic molecule determines how that molecule functions—either it’s physical behavior or in a chemical reaction

  • NEW chapter-opening Learning Objectives and chapter-ending Summaries provide a framework for student learning by outlining the concepts appearing in each chapter.

  • Early Introduction to Electron pushing arrows-- introduced in early sections and then reinforced in margins throughout the text to help students follow what is happening in the reaction

Focus on Reaction Mechanisms

  • Animated Mechanisms allow students to visualize mechanisms by providing a moving image. NEW PowerPoint slides for the classroom include embedded animations as well as questions appropriate for in-class work or open response systems.

  • NEW annotations on key mechanistic illustrations recall and reinforce the key tenets of mechanism.

  • Interlude: A Summary of Organic Reaction Mechanisms?(following Chapter 14) summarizes the key mechanisms that drive the majority of organic reactions.

  • Reaction Mechanism Summary Roadmaps?summarize the reactivity of each major functional group.

Problem Solving Skills and Strategy

  • Expanded WHIP problem-solving strategy is included with solved exercises within each chapter, providing a guide for how students should approach problem solving: What How Information Proceed.

  • NEW Guidelines highlight the steps that students will use to learn new materials and solve important problems.

  • Worked Examples: Integrating the Concepts section at the end of every chapter includes a series of sample exercises with solutions of the chapter’s most important concepts.

  • ChemCasts replicate the face-to-face experience of watching an instructor work a problem. Using a virtual whiteboard, the Organic ChemCast tutors show students the steps involved in solving key Worked Examples, while explaining the concepts along the way. The Worked Examples featured in the ChemCasts were chosen with the input of organic chemistry students.

  • A wide range of end-of-chapter problems?include?Chapter Integration Problems?with step-by-step, worked out solutions, Team Problems?for collaborative learning, and?Pre-Professional?Problems?in the style of the?MCAT.?

Practical Applications and Visualization

  • Every chapter features discussions of biological, medical, and industrial applications of organic chemistry

  • Real Life Boxes- Real Chemistry By Practicing Chemists

  • Really? Margin entries highlighting unusual and surprising aspects of Organic concepts intended to stimulate students’ engagement

  • Animations in Sapling help students visualize the most important structures and concepts in organic chemistry.

  • Graphical cues, animations, and models to help students visualize reactions to promotes understanding versus rote memorization

Author Biography

K. Peter C. Vollhardt was born in Madrid, raised in Buenos Aires and Munich, studied at the University of Munich, got his Ph.D. with Professor Peter Garratt at the University College, London, and was a postdoctoral fellow with Professor Bob Bergman (then) at the California Institute of Technology. He moved to Berkeley in 1974 when he began his efforts toward the development of organocobalt reagents in organic synthesis, the preparation of theoretically interesting hydrocarbons, the assembly of novel transition metal arrays with potential in catalysis, and the discovery of a parking space. Among other pleasant experiences, he was a Studienstiftler, Adolf Windaus medalist, Humboldt Senior Scientist, ACS Organometallic Awardee, Otto Bayer Prize Awardee, A. C. Cope Scholar, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Prize Holder, and recipient of the Medal of the University Aix-Marseille and an Honorary Doctorate from The University of Rome Tor Vergata. He is the current Chief Editor of Synlett. Among his more than 350 publications, he treasures especially this textbook in organic chemistry, translated into 13 languages. Peter is married to Marie-Jos Sat, a French artist, and they have two children, Paloma (b. 1994) and Julien (b. 1997).

Neil E. Schore was born in Newark, New Jersey in 1948 and educated in public schools in the Bronx, New York, and Ridgefield, New Jersey. He completed a B.A. with honors in chemistry at the University of Pennsylvania in 1969. Moving back to New York, he worked with the late Professor Nicholas J. Turro at Columbia University, studying photochemical and photophysical processes of organic compounds for his Ph.D. thesis. He first met co-author Peter Vollhardt in the 1970s when they both were doing postdoctoral work in Professor Robert Bergman's laboratory at Cal Tech. Since joining the UC-Davis faculty in 1976, Schore has taught organic chemistry to more than 15,000 nonchemistry majors, winning seven teaching awards, publishing over 100 papers in various areas related to organic chemistry, and refereeing several hundred local youth soccer games.  Neil is married to Carrie Erickson, a microbiologist at the UC-Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. They have two children, Michael (b. 1981) and Stefanie (b. 1983), both of whom carried out experiments for the new Seventh Edition of Organic Chemistry.


Table of Contents

1. Structure and Bonding in Organic Molecules

2. Structure and Reactivity: Acids and Bases, Polar and Nonpolar Molecules

3. Reactions of Alkanes: Bond-Dissociation Energies, Radical Halogenation, and Relative Reactivity

4. Cycloalkanes

5. Stereoisomers

6. Properties and Reactions of Haloalkanes: Bimolecular Nucleophilic Substitution

7. Further Reactions of Haloalkanes: Unimolecular Substitution and Pathways of Elimination

8. Hydroxy of Functional Group: Alcohols: Properties, Preparation, and Strategy of Synthesis

9. Further Reactions of Alcohols and the Chemistry of Ethers

10.Using Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy to Deduce Structure

11. Alkenes: Infrared Spectroscopy and Mass Spectrometry

12. Reactions to Alkenes

13. Alkynes: The Carbon

14. Delocalized Pi Systems: Investigation by Ultraviolet and Visible Spectroscopy


15. Benzene and Aromaticity: Electrophilic Aromatic Substitution

16. Electrophilic Attack on Derivatives of Benzene: Substituents Control Regioselectivity

17. Aldehydes and Ketones: The Carbonyl Group

18. Enols, Enolates, and the Aldol Condensation: a,b-Unsaturated Aldehydes and Ketones

19. Carboxylic Acids

20. Carboxylic Acid Derivatives

21. Amines and Their Derivatives: Functional Groups Containing Nitrogen

22. Chemistry of the Benzene Substituents: Alkylbenzenes, Phenols, and Benzenamines

23. Ester Enolates and the Claisen Condensation: Synthesis of b-Dicarbonyl Compounds; Acyl Anion Equivalents

24. Carbohydrates: Polyfunctional Compounds in Nature

25. Heterocycles: Heteroatoms in Cyclic Organic Compounds

26. Amino Acids, Peptides, Proteins, and Nucleic Acids: Nitrogen-Containing Polymers in Nature

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