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This text covers half of the standard undergraduate Organic Chemistry concepts and reactions and is reasonable coverage for one semester of the course. The text does not address polymers, pharmaceuticals, biomaterials, or green chemistry. These... read more
This text covers half of the standard undergraduate Organic Chemistry concepts and reactions and is reasonable coverage for one semester of the course. The text does not address polymers, pharmaceuticals, biomaterials, or green chemistry. These evolving areas will need to be incorporated by the professor. Inclusion of an index, glossary, and summary of reactions would be a great addition.
Content is accurate and unbiased.
The material included is up-to-date coverage of longstanding principles and reactions, content that does not change quickly. Real-world applications, such as vinyl polymerizations used on a large industrial scale, are not included but would improve the relevance of the text material.
The text is written at a level appropriate for freshmen and sophomore Organic Chemistry students. Examples and Common Error boxes are useful and well placed. The grammatical errors are distracting and may cause minor issues for some learning styles.
The text throughout the chapters is consistent in style and in level of both content and presentation of the content.
Chapters and subheadings are used effectively to make the text divisible into pre- and post- class readings, or for adapting the order of the material for customized coverage.
The topics are presented in a logical order and clear fashion.
The text is free of significant interface issues. Images appear clear and navigating between the table of contents and embedded links is logical and smooth.
There are several small grammatical errors, mainly verb tense and noun pluralization. These are distracting, but not inhibitory to understanding the content.
The chemistry is presented in a scientific manner. There are not statements of opinion, and there are not examples that are culturally insensitive.
For a new teacher of the subject, challenges include limited practice problems, no test questions, and no ‘fun facts’ showing real world examples. I am going to offer this text as a resource in my class this fall because it is well organized and written at an appropriate level, but I have been teaching the course for 20 years. I have developed resources for my classes, so having only this text is a fine fit for my class. I will use my notes, practice problems, homework sheets, and examples with this text.
Table of Contents
- Chapter 1 Basic Concepts in Chemical Bonding and Organic Molecules
- Chapter 2 Fundamental of Organic Structures
- Chapter 3 Acids and Bases: Organic Reaction Mechanism Introduction
- Chapter 4 Conformations of Alkanes and Cycloalkanes
- Chapter 5 Stereochemistry
- Chapter 6 Structural Identification of Organic Compounds: IR and NMR Spectroscopy
- Chapter 7 Nucleophilic Substitution Reactions
- Chapter 8 Elimination Reactions
- Chapter 9 Free Radical Substitution Reaction of Alkanes
- Chapter 10 Alkenes and Alkynes
About the Book
An open textbook that is suitable for the first semester of Organic Chemistry. Basic concepts of the structures and reactivities of organic molecules are covered in this open textbook. Besides the fundamental discussions of organic acids-bases, stereochemistry, IR and NMR, this book also includes the topics of substitution and elimination reactions, radical substitution of alkanes, preparation and reactions of alkenes and alkynes.
About the Contributors
Dr. Xin Liu has been a faculty member at the Department of Chemistry, KPU since 2008. Other than teaching Organic Chemistry and first-year General Chemistry courses, she has also been actively involved in curriculum review and new course development. Having a keen interest in Open Education Resource, Dr. Liu hope to make more contributions in this fast growing area, to make learning accessible to everyone.