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Electron Flow in Organic Chemistry [Paperback]

Paul H. Scudder
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February 20, 1992 0471613819 978-0471613817 1
With the goal of helping students develop a good intuition for organic chemistry, it approaches the material from a mechanistic viewpoint. Presents twenty electron flow pathways as the building blocks of all the common mechanistic processes. Thus, students deal with a smaller number of reactant classes instead of studying each reaction as a separate case. Uses physical models such as energy surfaces to aid the decision-making process; includes a unique chapter that teaches students how to make a multivariable decision; and contains advanced explanations using interaction diagrams and molecular orbital theory.

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With the goal of helping students develop a good intuition for organic chemistry, it approaches the material from a mechanistic viewpoint. Presents twenty electron flow pathways as the building blocks of all the common mechanistic processes. Thus, students deal with a smaller number of reactant classes instead of studying each reaction as a separate case. Uses physical models such as energy surfaces to aid the decision-making process; includes a unique chapter that teaches students how to make a multivariable decision; and contains advanced explanations using interaction diagrams and molecular orbital theory.

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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (February 20, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471613819
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471613817
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 7.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,194,005 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Terrific Organic Text and Reference December 27, 1999
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Dr. Paul Scudder was my undergraduate organic chemistry teacher at New College of USF in Sarasota, FL. His book continues to sit on my shelf even now, as I am working on my Ph.D. in synthetic medicinal chemistry. We used it along with Dr. Seyhan Ege's undergraduate Organic Chemistry text, which is a traditional "white-pages" type of organic text. His class was the best class I took in my entire four years of college, and I cannot recommend his book highly enough to anyone who truly wishes to gain a fundamental understanding of organic chemistry principles. It was a tremendous help to me both in college, as well as in grad school while preparing for my qualifiers. The book is written at a level that is accessible to college underclassmen, but it is also useful for upper level undergraduate and graduate students who would like to review important organic chemistry concepts or see the concepts presented in a new, easy to assimilate, way. His 3-D reaction coordinate graphs, pathway decision cubes, and pathway classification schemes are some of the strongest points of the book. He also presents some advanced theories such as HOMO-LUMO and HSAB theories that are often not really taught to undergraduates, and these are extremely well-done and easy to follow. Dr. Scudder has great passion for his subject, and that is apparent in his book.
The few minor and petty problems with the book that I can think of are that he assumes that the reader has some previous organic background knowledge, the writing is sometimes choppy and jumps around, and the graphics are not state-of-the-art, as he did them himself. Chapter 2, on thermodynamics and kinetics, is especially difficult to follow for someone who has no knowledge about these subjects.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A revolutionary way of approaching organic chemistry January 30, 1999
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Paul Scudder approaches organic chemistry from a completely different angle. While most organic books stress that a student memorize hundreds of seemingly unrelated reactions, this text is different. It teaches you the tools to classify organic reactions and solve them logically. This book and its method should be the standard for how organic chemistry is taught.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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A superb, well-organized classification of organic chemistry for practitioners at all levels. Clear, concise, with a large number of charts and graphs, some of which are indispensable. A handbook which boils down most of what you need to know to understand a wide spectrum of organic reaction mechanisms. Reminds me of the Washington University medical manual series, which filtered all the medical knowledge of each subspecialty essential for daily use into a single pocket handbook.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Often, students view organic chemistry as a vast ocean of facts to be memorized-the reagent with that substrate produces this product, but not that one. However, "learning" organic chemistry in that manner is highly ineffective. There are an infinite number of possibilities. Alas, there is only a finite amount of time.

Scudder's Electron Flow in Organic Chemistry reduces the chemistry down to its components. By comparing electron sources to electron sinks, one can see the smaller number of possible mechanisms a reaction may take place. By knowing these concepts, one can predict and explain the multitude of possibilities.

More advanced topics, particularly molecular orbital theory, is briefly and optional covered very well. Also, there are many problems with explanations of the solutions.

I have no major gripes with the book. The typesetting of the schemes could be more modern, more natural. Other than that, excellent book which should be part of every students personal library.
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