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  • Hardcover
  • Bookstore's Wholesale Price: $160.00
  • February 2014
  • ISBN: 978-0-393-91303-3
  • 1344 pages
  • Territory Rights: Worldwide

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Organic Chemistry

Fifth Edition


with Ebook, SmartWork5, and Organic Reaction Animations registration card

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


“Visualize, Understand, Draw” helps students to move beyond memorization.

Written by two expert teachers, the Fifth Edition of Organic Chemistry is written to support all kinds of learners—whether students read the book, or use it as a reference. New “Visualize, Understand, Draw” sections help students draw molecules well, visualize how they are formed, and understand why reactions occur. The Fifth Edition has been revised to be more accessible, with a focus on the basics and more opportunities for problem-solving practice, while the robust media package helps students visualize organic chemistry.


Written and designed by expert teachers

Steven A. Fleming and Maitland Jones, Jr., 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. The authors employ a conversational writing style that is authoritative, instructive, and interesting to read. 

Innovative pedagogy coaches students through the tough parts of the subject

At the beginning of each chapter, Essential Skills and Details outline what students need to master.

Problem-Solving boxes give students expert advice or insider tips on how to approach a type of problem.

Convention Alerts point out the rules students need to know in order to be successful.

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.

A consistent framework helps students visualize organic reactions, understand why they occur, and practice drawing

Visualize, Understand, Draw boxes in the text focus on key skills and help students learn to visualize how molecules are formed, draw them well, and understand why reactions occur. Using this framework to solve problems, students begin to understand organic chemistry and memorize less.  

Media resources give students more opportunities for visualization

Organic Reaction Animations (ORA), now online, 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. Each reaction is represented in four ways:
• Ball-and-Stick model
• Space-filling model
• Ball-and-stick with the HOMO superimposed
• Ball-and-stick with the LUMO superimposed

ORA is integrated into the text with icons identifying each reaction and also includes tutorials on the reactions themselves. Students can test their understanding by solving the ORA Problems that are found at the end of most chapters. Every new copy of Organic Chemistry, Fifth Edition, includes an access code to ORA.

In addition to ORA, students have free access to Orgo 3D web which is a website with more than 350 interactive, 3-D molecules from the text. Students can manipulate the 3-D diagrams in several ways—by rotating, coloring, zooming, labeling, and measuring angles and distances. 

SmartWork online tutorial and homework system gives students feedback as they practice

Created by chemistry educators, SmartWork is the most intuitive online tutorial and homework system available for organic chemistry. A powerful engine supports and grades an unparalleled range of questions written for Jones/Fleming, including numerous arrow-pushing problems. Every one of the more than 2,100 problems in SmartWork have hints and answer-specific feedback to coach students and provide the help they need, when they need it. Problems in SmartWork link directly to the appropriate page in the electronic version of the text so students have an instant reference and are prompted to read. 

Reorganized and revised, with a focus on the basics

In the Fifth Edition, new sections have been added to help students understand the basics, including a new arrow-pushing section in Chapter 1, a new section on functional groups in Chapter 2, and more on acid–base chemistry in Chapter 2. More than 20% of the problems in the text are new, including more “drill” problems throughout. A new chapter on biomolecules prepares students who plan to take the MCAT, and reflects changes that will occur with the MCAT2015. 

    1. Atoms and Molecules; Orbitals and Bonding
    2. Alkanes
    3. Alkenes and Alkynes
    4. Stereochemistry
    5. Rings
    6. Substituted Alkanes: Alkyl Halides, Alcohols, Amines, Ethers, Thiols, and Thioethers
    7. Substitution Reactions: The SN2 and SN1 Reactions
    8. Elimination Reactions: The E1 and E2 Reactions
    9. Analytical Chemistry: Spectroscopy
    10. Electrophilic Additions to Alkenes
    11. More Additions to π Bonds
    12. Radical Reactions
    13. Dienes and the Allyl System: 2p Orbitals in Conjugation
    14. Aromaticity
    15. Substitution Reactions of Aromatic Compounds
    16. Carbonyl Chemistry 1: Addition Reactions
    17. Carboxylic Acids
    18. Derivatives of Carboxylic Acids: Acyl Compounds
    19. Carbonyl Chemistry 2: Reactions at the α Position
    20. Carbohydrates
    21. Special Topic: Bioorganic Chemistry
    22. Special Topic: Amino Acids and Polyamino Acids (Peptides and Proteins)
    23. Special Topic: Reactions Controlled by Orbital Symmetry
    24. Special Topic: Intramolecular Reactions and Neighboring Group Participation

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