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Organic Chemistry I for Dummies

Organic Chemistry I For Dummies, 2nd Edition (9781119293378) was previously published as Organic Chemistry I For Dummies, 2nd Edition (9781118828076). While this version features a new Dummies cover and design, the content is the same as the prior release and should not be considered a new or updated product. The easy way to take the confusion out of organic chemistry Organic chemistry has a long-standing reputation as a difficult course. Organic Chemistry I For Dummies takes a simple approach to the topic, allowing you to grasp concepts at your own pace. This fun, easy-to-understand guide explains the basic principles of organic chemistry in simple terms, providing insight into the language of organic chemists, the major classes of compounds, and top trouble spots. You'll also get the nuts and bolts of tackling organic chemistry problems, from knowing where to start to spotting sneaky tricks that professors like to incorporate. * Refreshed example equations * New explanations and practical examples that reflect today's teaching methods * Fully worked-out organic chemistry problems Baffled by benzines? Confused by carboxylic acids? Here's the help you need in plain English!
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Table of Contents

Introduction 1 Part 1: Getting Started with Organic Chemistry 5 CHAPTER 1: The Wonderful World of Organic Chemistry 7 CHAPTER 2: Dissecting Atoms: Atomic Structure and Bonding 15 CHAPTER 3: Speaking with Pictures: Drawing Structures 35 CHAPTER 4: Covering the Bases (And the Acids) 57 CHAPTER 5: Reactivity Centers: Functional Groups 67 CHAPTER 6: Seeing in 3-D: Stereochemistry 81 Part 2: Hydrocarbons 97 CHAPTER 7: What s in a Name? Alkane Nomenclature 99 CHAPTER 8: Drawing Alkanes 107 CHAPTER 9: Seeing Double: The Alkenes 123 CHAPTER 10: Reactions of Alkenes 137 CHAPTER 11: It Takes Alkynes: The Carbon-Carbon Triple Bond 149 Part 3: Functional Groups 157 CHAPTER 12: Replacing and Removing: Substitution and Elimination Reactions 159 CHAPTER 13: Getting Drunk on Organic Molecules: The Alcohols 175 CHAPTER 14: Side-by-Side: Conjugated Alkenes and the Diels Alder Reaction 183 CHAPTER 15: Lord of the Rings: Aromatic Compounds 193 CHAPTER 16: Bringing Out the Howitzers: Reactions of Aromatic Compounds 209 Part 4: Spectroscopy and Structure Determination 223 CHAPTER 17: A Smashing Time: Mass Spectrometry 225 CHAPTER 18: Seeing Good Vibrations: IR Spectroscopy 241 CHAPTER 19: NMR Spectroscopy: Hold onto Your Hats, You re Going Nuclear! 253 CHAPTER 20: Following the Clues: Solving Problems in NMR 273 Part 5: The Part of Tens 293 CHAPTER 21: Ten (Or So) Great Organic Chemists 295 CHAPTER 22: Ten Cool Organic Discoveries 301 CHAPTER 23: Ten Cool Organic Molecules 307 Part 6: Appendixes 313 APPENDIX A: Working Multistep Synthesis Problems 315 APPENDIX B: Working Reaction Mechanisms 323 APPENDIX C: Glossary 329 Index 339

About the Author

Arthur Winter is a graduate of Frostburg State University, where he received his BS in chemistry. Arthur received his PhD at the University of Maryland in 2007, where his research involved studying extremely short-lived reactive intermediates.

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