2014, XIII, 179 p. 331 illus., 51 illus. in color.
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Simple and original explanation of the phenomena of chemical bond, molecular structure and reaction mechanisms
The text is organized in such a way that students can simultaneously understand both approaches to organic chemistry, the classification of organic compounds and the classifications of organic reactions
Simple schemes with consistent use of colored labels within the structural formulas
Extension of the principles of organic reaction mechanism to the processes in living organisms
Text affords some details in historical development of chemistry and stimulates the discussion about the relation between molecular complexity and evolution
This work provides an overview of the basics of organic chemistry for non-chemists. As such, this book should be very useful for university students of biology, molecular biology, ecology, medicine, agriculture, forestry, and other specialties where the knowledge of organic chemistry plays the important role but is not a core discipline. The book should also be of interest to non-professionals, and it may serve as a manual or repetitorium to high school teachers.
The text is divided into eleven chapters on the basis of the systematization of fundamental organic reaction types, and classes of organic compounds. The first chapters comprise fundamental aspects of structural theory, reaction mechanisms, electronic structure, some basic spectroscopy, and properties of main groups of organic compounds. At the end of the book, the largest chapter contains the elements of the organic chemistry of natural products. Comparison of the reactions in the laboratory with the analogous molecular transformations in living cells will enable the reader to better understand the basic principles of biochemistry.