- Series: Oxford Chemistry Primers (Book 4)
- Paperback: 96 pages
- Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (September 24, 1992)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0198556748
- ISBN-13: 978-0198556749
- Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 0.2 x 7.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,551,699 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Aromatic Chemistry (Oxford Chemistry Primers) 1st Edition
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This primer covers the vast majority of information needed for a thorough understanding of aromatic chemistry in a clear and readable fashion. The book gives careful consideration to bonding, the concept of aromaticity (Huckel's rule), the major reactions undergone by aromatic compounds along with the orientation of substituents in aromatic reactions, modern synthetic methods, such as the use of organometallic reagents, and examples of other arenes.
Unfortunately, however, there are certain errors in the text that I feel make if difficult to follow. For instance, equation 3.8 on p. 15 is the same as equation 3.9 on p. 16; and SN2 is designated as substitution, nucleophilic unimolecular on p. 27 (above equation 5.2) instead of the correct substitution nucleophilic bimolecular. Furthermore, the text would be improved by the addition of a further reading section. This would be of particular use for Chapter 8 "Wider aspects of aromaticity", which talks about aromatic heterocyclic compounds and annulenes; the former of which the text clearly states is outside its scope.
Overall, this primer provides an inexpensive and generally easy to follow survey of aromatic chemistry, which would aid many students' understanding of chemistry.