This book is designed for those who have had no more than a brief introduction to organic chemistry and who require a broad understanding of the subject. The book is in two parts. In Part I, reaction mechanism is set in its wider context of the basic principles and concepts that underlie chemical reactions: chemical thermodynamics, structural theory, theories of reaction kinetics, mechanism itself and stereochemistry. In Part II these principles and concepts are applied to the formation of particular types of bonds, groupings, and compounds. The final chapter in Part II describes the planning and detailed execution of the multi-step syntheses of several complex, naturally occurring compounds.

part 1|175 pages

Introduction to Part I

chapter 1|15 pages

Chemical thermodynamics

chapter 2|32 pages

Molecular structure

chapter 3|19 pages

Chemical kinetics

chapter 4|63 pages


chapter 5|44 pages


part 2|612 pages

Introduction to Part II

chapter 9|29 pages

Pericyclic reactions

chapter 11|52 pages

Electrophilic aromatic substitution

chapter 12|13 pages

Nucleophilic aromatic substitution

chapter 13|20 pages

Aromatic diazonium salts

chapter 14|29 pages

Molecular rearrangements

chapter 16|27 pages

Photochemical Reactions

chapter 17|38 pages

Free-radical reactions

chapter 18|26 pages

Organotransition metal reagents

chapter 19|42 pages


chapter 20|47 pages