This text for undergraduates in chemistry and related disciplines explores organic chemistry as a dynamic and ever-expanding area of science. Fundamental to the approach taken in this book is the fact that organic chemistry has an underlying rationale, namely the mechanistic themes that unify the discipline. With its phenomenal full-colour art programme, the second edition of this text makes scientific exploration exciting for students. Features: * The book's full-colour art program lends to an extraordinary visual impact--it includes over 250 pieces of art created exclusively for the text, as well as a collection of 46 stereoviews and exceptional photographs. * Chemistry in Action Boxes illustrate applications of organic chemistry to everyday settings. * An abundance of in-chapter examples, each with a detailed solution and followed by a problem, gives students the opportunity to explore the material more fully and to test their knowledge. * End-of-chapter problems are categorised by topic and the more challenging ones are indicated in a different colour. End-of-chapter summaries highlight all important new terms found in each chapter. Key reactions are annotated and keyed to the section where they are discussed. * Interviews done with prominent scientists invite students to pursue similar interests in the sciences. New to this edition: * The number of worked out in-chapter examples and the number of end-of-chapter problems have been increased by approximately 40%. The text now contains approximately 240 solved in-chapter examples and over 1,200 end-of-chapter additional problems. * Mechanisms, key elements in the organisation of information, are now set apart and highlighted by a special design feature. All steps in a particular mechanism are presented together in its box. A list of the 101 mechanisms highlighted in the text can be found following the preface. * Stereochemistry has been moved forward to Chapter 4, immediately following the introduction to the structure of organic compounds and the treatment of acid-base chemistry, and immediately before the chemistry of alkenes. * Given the importance of carbonyl chemistry for organic synthesis and to those students engaged in study in the health and biological sciences, these chapters were moved forward to become Chapters 15 and 18. * Two new chapters--Chapter 23 (Organic Polymer Chemistry) presents a systematic introduction to organic polymer chemistry. Chapter 26 presents the organic chemistry of two key metabolic pathways, namely glycolysis and B-oxidation of fatty acids.
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