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  • Loose leaf, three-hole punch
  • Bookstore's Wholesale Price: $112
  • December 2011
  • ISBN: 978-0-393-13833-7
  • 8.4 × 10.9 in / 1220 pages
  • Territory Rights: USA and Dependencies, Philippines and Canada.

Organic Chemistry

Fourth Edition

Loose leaf, three-hole punch

With Organic Reaction Animations CD

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Maitland Jones, Jr. (Author, New York University), Steven A. Fleming (Author, Temple University)


Organic Chemistry helps students understand the structure of organic molecules by helping them understand the how and why of organic chemistry.

Organic Chemistry, Fourth Edition, was written to students by two expert teachers, with an emphasis on understanding, not memorization. The authors employ a conversational writing style that is instructive and interesting to read.

Jones and Fleming take the time to not only explain the basics but also coach students through the tough parts of the subject. They do this by pointing out common mistakes that students make and providing expert advice on solving problems.

Whether a student reads the book from beginning to end, or uses the text as a reference, the authors have developed innovative pedagogy to meet their needs, and an art and media program to help students visualize each process.


Written by two expert teachers

Steven Fleming and Maitland Jones have more than fifty years experience teaching organic chemistry. Both authors know how to get students to think about and understand each concept, and build student confidence in solving problems.

An innovative art program and media package help students visualize organic reactions and understand the how and why

Organic Chemistry uses the art to teach. The text has more figures than most books, and the figures are larger and include bubble captions to carefully explain the process being illustrated.

StudySpace, the free student website, includes more than 350 interactive, 3-D molecules from the text, all of which are also linked to the ebook. Students can manipulate our 3-D diagrams in several ways—by rotating, coloring, zooming, labeling, measuring angles and distances, etc. This helps students understand the structure of these molecules.

Organic Reaction Animations (ORA)

ORA is a compilation of more than fifty organic reactions whose pathways have been calculated and animated to help students visualize the events that occur in the most important organic reactions. ORA software automatically comes packaged with a new copy of the text. ORA problems are included in almost every chapter in the book so that students can use the ORA software to work specific problems and help with their visualization of the material.

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The help students need, when they need it

Organic Chemistry, Fourth Edition, is the best resource to help students learn and understand the concepts and become better problem solvers. At the beginning of each chapter the authors provide the Essential Skills and Details a student needs to learn in the chapter. Within each chapter the authors have integrated Convention Alerts which point out rules students need to know. At the end of each chapter the authors provide a useful, Summary which reviews the New Concepts in the chapter, discusses the Reactions, Mechanisms, and Tools a student will need to know to be successful, and points out Common Errors made by beginning organic chemistry students.

In most chapters, the authors have added at least one section on problem-solving. These boxes give student expert advice or insider tips on how to approach a type of problem. These are the types of tips a tutor would provide to help students get started or solve a problem.

SmartWork Online Tutorial and Homework System

SmartWork is the most intuitive online tutorial and homework-management system available for organic chemistry. Powerful quizzing engines support an unparalleled range of question types, including graded molecule drawing. All SmartWork questions contain hints and answer-specific feedback that offer students help when they need it. Integration of ebook and multimedia content completes this learning system.

    1 Atoms and Molecules; Orbitals and Bonding

    2 Alkanes

    3 Alkenes and Alkynes

    4 Stereochemistry

    5 Rings

    6 Alkyl Halides, Alcohols, Amines, Ethers, and Their Sulfur-Containing Relatives

    7 Substitution and Elimination Reactions:The SN2, SN1, E1, and E2 Reactions

    8 Equilibria

    9 Additions to Alkenes 1

    10 Additions to Alkenes 2 and Additions to Alkynes

    11 Radical Reactions

    12 Dienes and the Allyl System: 2p Orbitals in Conjugation

    13 Conjugation and Aromaticity

    14 Substitution Reactions of Aromatic Compounds

    15 Analytical Chemistry: Spectroscopy

    16 Carbonyl Chemistry 1: Addition Reactions

    17 Carboxylic Acids Carbonyl

    18 Derivatives of Carboxylic Acids: Acyl Compounds

    19 Chemistry 2: Reactions at the α-Position

    20 Special Topic: Reactions Controlled by Orbital Symmetry

    21 Special Topic: Intramolecular Reactions and Neighboring Group Participation

    22 Special Topic: Carbohydrates

    23 Special Topic: Amino Acids and Polyamino Acids (Peptides and Proteins)