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Molecular Orbitals and Organic Chemical Reactions [Paperback]

Ian Fleming
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December 14, 2009 0470746599 978-0470746592 Student Edition
Winner of the PROSE Award for Chemistry & Physics 2010

Acknowledging the very best in professional and scholarly publishing, the annual PROSE Awards recognise publishers' and authors' commitment to pioneering works of research and for contributing to the conception, production, and design of landmark works in their fields. Judged by peer publishers, librarians, and medical professionals, Wiley are pleased to congratulate Professor Ian Fleming, winner of the PROSE Award in Chemistry and Physics for Molecular Orbitals and Organic Chemical Reactions.

Molecular orbital theory is used by chemists to describe the arrangement of electrons in chemical structures. It is also a theory capable of giving some insight into the forces involved in the making and breaking of chemical bonds—the chemical reactions that are often the focus of an organic chemist's interest. Organic chemists with a serious interest in understanding and explaining their work usually express their ideas in molecular orbital terms, so much so that it is now an essential component of every organic chemist's skills to have some acquaintance with molecular orbital theory.

Molecular Orbitals and Organic Chemical Reactions is both a simplified account of molecular orbital theory and a review of its applications in organic chemistry; it provides a basic introduction to the subject and a wealth of illustrative examples. In this book molecular orbital theory is presented in a much simplified, and entirely non-mathematical language, accessible to every organic chemist, whether student or research worker, whether mathematically competent or not. Topics covered include:

  • Molecular Orbital Theory
  • Molecular Orbitals and the Structures of Organic Molecules
  • Chemical Reactions — How Far and How Fast
  • Ionic Reactions — Reactivity
  • Ionic Reactions — Stereochemistry
  • Pericyclic Reactions
  • Radical Reactions
  • Photochemical Reactions

Slides for lectures and presentations are available on the supplementary website: www.wiley.com/go/fleming_student

Molecular Orbitals and Organic Chemical Reactions: Student Edition is an invaluable first textbook on this important subject for students of organic, physical organic and computational chemistry.

The Reference Edition edition takes the content and the same non-mathematical approach of the Student Edition, and adds extensive extra subject coverage, detail and over 1500 references. The additional material adds a deeper understanding of the models used, and includes a broader range of applications and case studies. Providing a complete in-depth reference for a more advanced audience, this edition will find a place on the bookshelves of researchers and advanced students of organic, physical organic and computational chemistry. Further information can be viewed here.

"These books are the result of years of work, which began as an attempt to write a second edition of my 1976 book Frontier Orbitals and Organic Chemical Reactions. I wanted to give a rather more thorough introduction to molecular orbitals, while maintaining my focus on the organic chemist who did not want a mathematical account, but still wanted to understand organic chemistry at a physical level. I'm delighted to win this prize, and hope a new generation of chemists will benefit from these books."
-Professor Ian Fleming


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"Fleming uses nonquantitative molecular orbital theory to explain many common phenomena in organic chemistry. As such, this is a very powerful tool for students of advanced organic chemistry. Much of what is taken simply on faith or with some hand waving in sophomore organic chemistry can be readily explained with molecular orbital theory, which is usually considered too advanced for students at that level. Though this book could be used as the primary textbook for a course solely on molecular orbitals in organic chemistry, it will more likely be used as a reference source for an advanced organic chemistry course for upper-level undergraduates or graduate students." (CHOICE, August 2010) 

"The new 'Fleming' is a must for every lecturer and every student of chemistry—a fantastic book. In this new form the textbook will last for another 30 years and remain as fresh as did its predecessor!" (Angewandte Chemie International Edition March 2010)

From the Back Cover

Molecular orbital theory I used by chemists to describe the arrangement of electrons in chemical structures. It is also a theory capable of giving some insight into the forces involved in the making and breaking of chemical bonds – the chemical reactions that are often the focus of an organic and breaking of chemical bonds – the chemical reactions that are often the focus of an organic chemist’s interest. Organic chemists with a serious interest in understanding and explaining their work usually express their ideas in molecular orbital terms, so much so that it is now an essential component or every organic chemist’s stills to have some acquaintance with molecular orbital theory.

Molecular Orbitals and Organic Chemical Reactions is both a simplified account of molecular orbital theory and a review of it applications in organic chemistry; it provides a basic introduction to the subject and a wealth of illustrative examples. In this book molecular orbital theory is presented in a much simplified, and entirely non-mathematical language, accessible to every organic chemist, whether student or research worker, whether mathematically competent or not. Topics covered include:

  • Molecular Orbital Theory
  • Molecular Orbitals and the Structures of Organic Molecules
  • Chemical Reactions – How Far and How Fast
  • Ionic Reactions – Reactivity
  • Ionic Reactions – Stereochemistry
  • Pericyclic Reactions
  • Radical Reactions
  • Photochemical Reactions

Molecular Orbitals and Organic Chemical Reactions:  Student Edition serves in a sense as a second edition of the author’s influential earlier book Frontier Orbitals and Organic Chemical Reactions, but has been completely rewritten, greatly enlarging the chapters on molecular orbital theory itself, and on the theoretical basis for the principle of hard and soft acids and bases, and a whole chapter on the stereochemistry of the fundamental organic reactions. Correlation diagrams have been added to the discussion of pericyclic chemistry, and a great deal more in that, the largest chapter. A number of new topics, both omissions from the earlier book and work that has taken place in the intervening years, are included, and there are more words of caution in discussing frontier orbital theory itself.

Molecular Orbitals and Organic Chemical Reactions: Student Edition is an individual textbook on this important subject for student or organic, physical organic and computational chemistry.

 


Product Details

  • Paperback: 376 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; Student Edition edition (December 14, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470746599
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470746592
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #333,587 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars This book belongs in your library. March 22, 2011
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Out of all the "graduate level" textbooks I've searched for and encountered, Fleming's "Molecular Orbitals and Organic Chemical Reactions" is, in my opinion, the very best a graduate student/lecturer/researcher currently has access too. I should elaborate greatly on that, but put simply the fundamental understanding of modern organic chemistry necessary is provided in this relatively short book. In other words, buy it--- the content and knowledge the book provides (I think) most committee members would expect you to gain/know/understand from your first year and on to your PhD candidacy exam. Undoubtedly then, this book is a very useful asset to your chemical-library. Of course the reading of primary literature and utilizing other sources is inevitable. The text may be disappointing to those looking for elegant synthetic examples presented throughout(*), but will most certainly please those ultimately faced with learning the background absolutely essential for planning and understanding complex organic synthesis.

The outline and flow of the book is very appropriately planned and reads as if you were in Fleming's lecture course. The only complaint I have is the illustrations of structures and orbitals aren't as beautifully drawn (or large) compared to his classic Frontier Orbitals & Organic Chemical Reactions (1976). Also, the ever increasing proper use of color (cf. Kurti & Czako's Strategic Applications of Named Reactions in Organic Synthesis, and even current journal articles) was not adopted in this text, which I think is mildly unfortunate; but, these are very minor issues.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome book (for chemists...) April 19, 2011
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One of the better books on molecular orbital theory; well written, proceeds at a good pace and has plenty of illustrations. I recommend this to all graduate students and upper level undergrads.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent reference Text October 4, 2012
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This is an outstanding book on Molecular Orbital theory. If I was teaching a graduate level course in physical organic chemistry I would use this as one of the suggested titles. It is a must for the practicing physical organic chemist. It is sufficiently complex to give an understandability to very difficult subject material.
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3.0 out of 5 stars It can be useful February 23, 2013
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This book was pretty good, I got it for a graduate course on arrow pushing.
Although I am not an organic chemist. Sometimes it was a little wordy or difficult to follow. But was pretty good.
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