Arrow-Pushing in Organic Chemistry: An Easy Approach to Understanding Reaction Mechanisms

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Find an easier way to learn organic chemistry with Arrow-Pushing in Organic Chemistry: An Easy Approach to Understanding Reaction Mechanisms, a book that uses the arrow-pushing strategy to reduce this notoriously challenging topic to the study of interactions between organic acids and bases. Understand the fundamental reaction mechanisms relevant to organic chemistry, beginning with Sn2 reactions and progressing to Sn1 reactions and other reaction types. The problem sets in this book, an excellent supplemental text, emphasize the important aspects of each chapter and will reinforce the key ideas without requiring memorization.

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A formula for success in organic chemistry

Look at any typical organic chemistry book and you'll probably be intimidated by its sheer size, the encyclopedic presentation of reactions, and the huge amount of material to memorize. As this book explains, there is a better and easier way to approach the subject—the arrow pushing strategy that reduces organic chemistry to the study of interactions between organic acids and bases and builds from there. This approach helps you develop deductive or predictive insight into the progression of starting materials to products and by what mechanisms the transformations occurred. A valuable companion to any introductory organic chemistry textbook, Arrow Pushing in Organic Chemistry:

  • Defines the concept of arrow pushing in context with various reaction types, functional groups, mechanism types, reagents/nucleophiles, and leaving groups
  • Explains the concepts of organic acids and organic bases, and then uses them to explain fundamental reaction mechanisms, beginning with SN2 reactions and progressing to SN1 reactions and other reaction types

  • Emphasizes electron flow from atom to atom

  • Includes a summary and problem sets with each chapter to help you solidify learning

Using this approach, you should be able to derive predicted products from almost any hypothetical organic reaction. Instead of relying on rote memorization, you develop an in-depth understanding of, and an almost intuitive insight into, reactions.

This excellent companion text makes organic chemistry more approachable and exciting for students. It's also ideal for professionals who want to refresh their knowledge or for scientists from other disciplines, such as inorganic and physical chemists, biochemists, biologists, and pharmaceutical scientists who are new to the field.

About the Author:

DANIEL E. LEVY, PhD, is the Director of Synthetic Chemistry at Intradigm Corporation, pursuing delivery vehicles for siRNA therapeutics. He previously worked at Glycomed Inc., where he pursued the design and synthesis of novel glycomimetics for the treatment of cancer and inflammatory disorders; COR Therapeutics, where he pursued carbocyclic AMP analogs as inhibitors of type V adenylyl cyclase; and at Scios, Inc., where he pursued novel kinase inhibitors. Dr. Levy coauthored a book entitled The Chemistry of C-Glycosides and later collaborated with Dr. Péter Fügedi in the development and presentation of short courses entitled "Modern Synthetic Carbohydrate Chemistry" and "The Organic Chemistry of Sugars" offered by the American Chemical Society Continuing Education Department. Most recently, Dr. Levy coedited with Dr. Fügedi the book The Organic Chemistry of Sugars, based on the short course of the same name. Dr. Levy received his BS in chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley, and his PhD in organic chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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