Organic Chemistry – Janice Gorzynski Smith – 3rd Edition


My goal in writing Organic Chemistry was to create a text that showed students the beauty and logic of organic chemistry by giving them a book that they would use. This text is based on lecture notes and handouts that were developed in my own organic chemistry courses over my 30-year teaching career. I have followed two guiding principles: use relevant and interesting applications to illustrate chemical phenomena, and present the material in a student-friendly fashion using bulleted lists, solved problems, and extensive illustrations and summaries.

Organic Chemistry is my attempt to simplify and clarify a course that intimidates many students—to make organic chemistry interesting, relevant, and accessible to all students, both chemistry majors and those interested in pursuing careers in biology, medicine, and other disciplines, without sacrificing the rigor they need to be successful in the future.

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  • Chapter 1: Structure and Bonding
    Chapter 2: Acids and Bases
    Chapter 3: Introduction to Organic Molecules and Functional Groups
    Chapter 4: Alkanes
    Chapter 5: Stereochemistry
    Chapter 6: Understanding Organic Reactions
    Chapter 7: Alkyl Halides and Nucleophilic Substitution
    Chapter 8: Alkyl Halides and Elimination Reactions
    Chapter 9: Alcohols, Ethers, and Epoxides
    Chapter 10: Alkenes
    Chapter 11: Alkynes
    Chapter 12: Oxidation and Reduction
    Chapter 13: Mass Spectrometry and Infrared Spectroscopy
    Chapter 14: Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy
    Chapter 15: Radical Reactions
    Chapter 16: Conjugation, Resonance, and Dienes
    Chapter 17: Benzene and Aromatic Compounds
    Chapter 18: Electrophilic Aromatic Substitution
    Chapter 19: Carboxylic Acids and the Acidity of the O–H Bond
    Chapter 20: Introduction to Carbonyl Chemistry; Organometallic Reagents; Oxidation and Reduction
    Chapter 21: Aldehydes and Ketones―Nucleophilic Addition
    Chapter 22: Carboxylic Acids and Their Derivatives―Nucleophilic Acyl Substitution
    Chapter 23: Substitution Reactions of Carbonyl Compounds at the α-Carbon
    Chapter 24: Carbonyl Condensation Reactions
    Chapter 25: Amines
    Chapter 26: Carbon–Carbon Bond-Forming Reactions in Organic Synthesis
    Chapter 27: Carbohydrates
    Chapter 28: Amino Acids and Proteins
    Chapter 29: Lipids
    Chapter 30: Synthetic Polymers
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