This concise and accessible book provides organic chemistry notes for students studying chemistry and related courses at undergraduate level, covering core organic chemistry in a format ideal for learning and rapid revision. The material is organised so that fundamental concepts are introduced early, then built on to provide an overview of the essentials of functional group chemistry and reactivity, leading the student to a solid understanding of the basics of organic chemistry. Graphical presentation of information is central to the book, to facilitate the rapid assimilation, understanding and recall of critical concepts, facts and definitions.
Students wanting a comprehensive and accessible overview of organic chemistry to build the necessary foundations for a more detailed study will find this book an ideal source of the information they require. In addition, the structured presentation, highly graphical nature of the text and practice problems with outline answers will provide an invaluable framework and aid to revision for students preparing for examinations. Keynotes in Organic Chemistry is also a handy desk reference for advanced students, postgraduates and researchers.
For this second edition the text has been completely revised and updated. Colour has been introduced to clarify aspects of reaction mechanisms, and new margin notes to emphasise the links between different topics. The number of problems have been doubled to approximately 100, and includes spectra interpretation problems. Each chapter now starts with diagrams to illustrate the key points, and ends with a list of key reactions and a worked example.
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This concise and accessible textbook provides notes for students studying chemistry and related courses at undergraduate level, covering core organic chemistry in a format ideal for learning and rapid revision. With an emphasis on pictorial presentation, the material, is organised to provide an overview of the essentials of functional group chemistry and reactivity, leading the student to a solid understanding of the basics of organic chemistry.
This revised and updated second edition of Keynotes in Organic Chemistryincludes:
- new margin notes to emphasise links between different topics,
- colour diagrams to clarify aspects of reaction mechanisms and illustrate key points, and
- a new keyword glossary.
In addition, the structured presentation provides an invaluable framework to facilitate the rapid learning, understanding and recall of critical concepts, facts and definitions. Worked examples and questions are included at the end of each chapter to test the reader’s understanding.
Reviews of the First Edition
"...this text provides an outline of what should be known and understood, including fundamental concepts and mechanisms."
—Journal of Chemical Education, 2004
“Despite the book's small size, each chapter is thorough, with coverage of all important reactions found at first-year level... ideal for the first-year student wishing to revise... and priced and designed appropriately."
—The Times Higher Education Supplement, 2004
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