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.

Table of Contents

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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