Smith’s A Q&A Approach to Organic Chemistry, (PDF) is an ebook of leading questions that starts with atomic orbitals and bonding. All-important topics are covered, including bonding, nomenclature, conformations, stereochemistry, acids and bases, oxidations, substitution, elimination, acyl addition, acyl substitution, reductions, enolate anion reactions, the Diels–Alder reaction and sigmatropic rearrangements, spectroscopy, aromatic chemistry, amino acids and proteins, and carbohydrates and nucleosides. All key reactions are covered. Every chapter includes end-of-chapter homework questions with the answer keys in an Appendix at the end of the ebook. This ebook is envisioned to be a supplementary guide to be used with practically any available undergraduate organic chemistry textbook. This ebook allows for a “self-guided” approach that is helpful as one studies for a coursework exam or as one reviews organic chemistry for postgraduate exams.
- Classroom tested
- Enables a “self-guided tour” of organic chemistry
- Discusses all key areas and fundamental reactions of organic chemistry
- Helpful as a study guide that will supplement most organic chemistry textbooks
- Helps one in study for coursework exams or allows one to review organic chemistry for postgraduate exams
- Features 21 chapters of leading questions that covers all major topics and major reactions of organic chemistry
There are many organic chemistry textbooks on the market, accepting a range of approaches. This volume by Smith (emer., Univ. of Connecticut) is organized around a sequence of leading questions to present students with a supplementary resource for studying organic chemistry. As described in the preface, the volume shows an update of an earlier work published by HarperCollins (in1993 and 2006), aimed for use as a study guide alongside an organic chemistry textbook. The present volume is likewise suggested as a supplement. The ebook follows the outline of textbooks that present organic chemistry in terms of a functional group approach. Such a common organizational structure will help chem students find their way in this textbook. Exceptionally, rather than presenting topics and subtopics discursively within the text, the chapters instantly move to leading questions, as in a pre-exam review. Therefore, students might have to hunt a little through the table of contents and each unit to find the relevant questions they might need to review. The index should be useful for such a scenario, as it is organized using a keywords approach. The ebook will be useful for undergraduate newcomers to organic chemistry, students of the discipline reevaluating for professional or graduate school exams, and as an exclusive reference resource for academic libraries. — P. W. Baures, Keene State College
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