This text is aimed at students entering first year university courses. The book is not meant to replace lecture material or conventional textbooks, but rather to enhance the course by challenging the student to test his or her knowledge. Indeed, the introduction emphasizes that students should read their lecture notes and textbook before tackling the self-learning text.
The self-learning text concentrates on reactions and mechanisms with emphasis on rationalizing reactions rather than memorizing them. The text assumes knowledge covered in Patrick's Beginning Organic Chemistry.
In each section of the book, the student is led through the subject matter by being given a short piece of theory, followed by a question. A space is then provided for the student's answer and then the full model answer is given. The next bit of theory follows and so on. In this way, students are encouraged to think about what they are reading at all times, rather than getting information 'gift wrapped'. Each section finishes with a summary of the most important facts.
the author has achieved a good balance and provides a clear and user-friendly study guide...useful for first-year undergraduates, serving as an excellent reminder of essential basic structural organic chemistry./Chris Willis/Education in Chemistry September 1998.
1: Nucleophiles and Electrophiles
2: Reactions and Mechanisms
3: Classification of Reactions
4: Acid/Base Reactions
5: Electrophile Addition
6: Electrophilic Substitutions - 1
7: Electrophilic Substitutions - 2
8: Nucleophilic Additions Containing Functional Groups
9: Nucleophilic Substitutions of Carboxylic Acid Derivatives
10: Nucleophilic Substitutions of Alkyl Halides
11: Reactions involving Acidic Proteins attached to Carbon - Aldehydes and Ketones
12: Reactions involving Acidic Proteins attached to Carbon - Elimination reactions of Alkyl Halides and Alcohols
13: Reduction and Oxidations
14: Radical Reactions
Series: Workbooks in Chemistry : Book 2
Tertiary; University or College
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 1st January 1997
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 28.83 x 21.03
Weight (kg): 1.4