Organic Chemistry I Workbook For Dummies (Free PDF)

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Organic chemistry is a subject that blends basic chemistry, logic problems, 3-D puzzles, and stick-figure art that looks like something you may find in a prehistoric cave. To say that organic chemistry covers a pretty large amount of material is a bit like saying that oxygen is pretty important for human survival. You’re probably somewhat familiar with an organic chemistry textbook if you’re reading this workbook. I’d be proud to catch a fish that weighed as much! Organic chemistry does cover a lot of material, so much that you can’t possibly hope to memorize it all.

But good news! You don’t need to memorize the vast majority of the material if you understand the basic concepts at a fundamental level, and indeed, memorization beyond the basic rules and conventions is even frowned upon. The catch is that to really understand the concepts, you have to practice at it by working problems. Lots of problems. Lots. Did I mention the whole working problems thing? Mastering organic chemistry without working problems is impossible — kind of like becoming an architect without bothering to draw up any plans.

This workbook is for getting hands-on experience. I’ve heard that organic exams are a lot like a gunfight. You act out of instinct only if you’ve drilled the material you need to know. Classmates who haven’t worked the problems will see the problems gunning at them on an exam and spook. They’ll come down with a bad case of exam-block and start sucking their thumbs and crying for Momma. You, on the other hand, having been to boot camp and practiced by drilling the problems every day, will stare the exam down like a cool-headed soldier and get down to the serious business of whooping it up until it begs for its life.

Part I: The Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry
Chapter 1:Working with Models and Molecules
Chapter 2: Speaking Organic Chemistry: Drawing and Abbreviating Lewis Structures
Chapter 3: Drawing Resonance Structures
Chapter 4: Working with Acids and Bases
Part II: The Bones of Organic Molecules: The Hydrocarbons
Chapter 5: Seeing Molecules in 3-D: Stereochemistry
Chapter 6: The Skeletons of Organic Molecules: The Alkanes
Chapter 7: Shaping Up with Bond Calisthenics and Conformation
Chapter 8: Doubling Down: The Alkenes
Chapter 9: Tripling the Fun: Alkyne Reactions and Nomenclature
Part III: Functional Groups and Their Reactions
Chapter 10: The Leaving Group Boogie: Substitution and Elimination of Alkyl Halides
Chapter 11: Not as Thunk as You Drink I Am: The Alcohols
Chapter 12: Conjugated Dienes and the Diels-Alder Reaction
Chapter 13: The Power of the Ring: Aromatic Compounds
Part IV: Detective Work: Spectroscopy and Spectrometry
Chapter 14: Breaking Up (Isn’t Hard to Do): Mass Spectrometry
Chapter 15: Cool Vibrations: IR Spectroscopy
Chapter 16: Putting Molecules under the Magnet: NMR Spectroscopy
Part V: The Part of Tens
Chapter 17: The Ten Commandments of Organic Chemistry
Chapter 18: Ten Tips for Acing Orgo Exams

Author Details
"Arthur Winter" received his PhD in chemistry from the University of Maryland. He is author of Organic Chemistry I For Dummies (Wiley). His two major research interests involve exploiting photochemistry to solve challenging problems in medicine and using high-powered lasers to start small laboratory fires. He is currently a post-doctoral student at Ohio State University.

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