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Organic chemistry is not merely a compilation of principles, but rather, it is a disciplined method of thought and analysis. Success in organic chemistry requires mastery in two core aspects: fundamental concepts and the skills needed to apply those concepts and solve problems. Readers must learn to become proficient at approaching new situations methodically, based on a repertoire of skills. These skills are vital for successful problem solving in organic chemistry. Existing textbooks provide extensive coverage of, the principles, but there is far less emphasis on the skills needed to actually solve problems.
The best way for students to learn organic chemistry concepts is to work relevant and interesting problems on a daily basis. Authored by Brent and Sheila Iverson, The University of Texas at Austin, this comprehensive manual offers detailed solutions to all in-text and end-of-chapter problems in the Eighth Edition of the core text. It helps students achieve a deeper intuitive understanding of the material through constant reinforcement and practice--ultimately resulting in much better preparation for in-class quizzes and tests, as well as for national standardized tests such as the DAT and MCAT.
John McMurry's best-selling text presents organic chemistry in a new edition that is up-to-date, beautifully written, visually striking, and pedagogically sound. Described by many of its users as ''an eminently teachable text'' McMurry sets the standard in the field. The writing style has received almost universal acclaim from its users. McMurry introduces new concepts only as needed and immediately illustrates them with concrete examples. And wherever possible, he ties material together with brief reviews, overviews, and reaction summaries. The result is a text that helps students mentally organize the material; a text that helps them understand concepts (not just memorize facts); and a text that helps them make sense of the voluminous amount of material they encounter in the study of organic chemistry...McMurry uses a simple but important polar reaction--the addition of HBr to an alkene--as the lead-off reaction to illustrate the general principles of organic reactions. Users of former editions found this an excellent choice because of its relative simplicity (no prior knowledge of chirality or kinetics is required), and its importance as a polar reaction on a common functional group that offers students the key to understanding hundreds of thousands of ionic reactions. By selecting this particular model, McMurry is able to offer an unusually early presentation of organic reactions.
Each chapter contains strategically positioned sections that cover important skills. In each section, an important skill is developed or fine-tuned. Multiple problems are then provided in order to build competence in that skill. Students are given the opportunity to master each core skill before moving on to the next section.
This is the Student Study Guide and Solutions Manual to accompany Organic Chemistry, 3e. Organic Chemistry, 3rd Edition is not merely a compilation of principles, but rather, it is a disciplined method of thought and analysis. Success in organic chemistry requires mastery in two core aspects: fundamental concepts and the skills needed to apply those concepts and solve problems. Readers must learn to become proficient at approaching new situations methodically, based on a repertoire of skills. These skills are vital for successful problem solving in organic chemistry. Existing textbooks provide extensive coverage of, the principles, but there is far less emphasis on the skills needed to actually solve problems.
On the cover of this book is a Pacific yew tree, found in the ancient forests of the Pacific Northwest. The bark of the Pacific yew tree produces Taxol, found to be a highly effective drug against ovarian and breast cancer. Taxol blocks mitosis during eukaryotic cell division. The supply of Taxol from the Pacific yew tree is vanishingly small, however. A single 100-year-old tree provides only about one dose of the drug (roughly 300 mg). For this reason, as well as the spectacular molecular architecture of Taxol, synthetic organic chemists fiercely undertook efforts to synthesize it. Five total syntheses of Taxol have thus far been reported. Now, a combination of isolation of a related metabolite from European yew needles, and synthesis of Taxol from that intermediate, supply the clinical demand. This case clearly demonstrates the importance of synthesis and the use of organic chemistry. It's just one of the many examples used in the text that will spark the interest of students and get them involved in the study of organic chemistry!