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Understanding the Principles of Organic Chemistry: A Laboratory Course, Reprint, 1st Edition

  • Steven F. Pedersen
  • Arlyn M. Myers
  • ISBN-10: 1111428166
  • ISBN-13: 9781111428167
  • 432 Pages | Hardcover
  • Previous Editions: 2011
  • COPYRIGHT: 2011 Published
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About the Product

Class-tested by thousands of students and using simple equipment and green chemistry ideas, UNDERSTANDING THE PRINCIPLES OF ORGANIC CHEMISTRY: A LABORATORY COURSE includes 36 experiments that introduce traditional, as well as recently developed synthetic methods. Offering up-to-date and novel experiments not found in other lab manuals, this innovative book focuses on safety, gives students practice in the basic techniques used in the organic lab, and includes microscale experiments, many drawn from the recent literature. An Online Instructor's Manual available on the book's instructor's companion website includes helpful information, including instructors' notes, pre-lab meeting notes, experiment completion times, answers to end-of-experiment questions, video clips of techniques, and more.


  • SAFETY NOTES in each experiment warn students about potential hazards, CHEMICAL SAFETY NOTES emphasize the proper handling of reagents, and TECHNIQUE TIPS give students guidelines for handling equipment and using proper procedures.

  • REFERENCES TO TOPICS IN UNDERGRADUATE TEXTBOOKS and/or the primary literature in the experiments reinforce the importance of what students are learning in the lecture course and demonstrate how text material relates to the laboratory.

  • INTRODUCTORY ESSAYS in the experiments expose students to the history and practical applications of laboratory science. Within many experiments, "DID YOU KNOW?" boxes provide a brief, interesting fact about one of the chemicals used in the experiment.

  • A CONSISTENT FORMAT for each experiment includes Background Reading, Prelab Checklist, Experimental Procedure, and Cleanup.

  • Instructors may choose to offer the optional PREMIUM ORGANIC CHEMISTRY LABORATORY TECHNIQUES WEBSITE, which contains 33 videos on basic organic laboratory techniques. Each video has a series of questions with instant grading and feedback, so students can test their understanding of the concepts and email their assessment results to their instructors.

About the Author

Steven F. Pedersen

Steven Pedersen received his Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and is currently a lecturer in organic chemistry at UC Berkeley.

Arlyn M. Myers

Arlyn Myers received her PhD in Chemistry at Northwestern University and is currently a lecturer in organic chemistry at University of California - Berkeley.

Table of Contents

1. Safety in the Chemistry Lab.
2. The Laboratory Notebook and the Laboratory Period.
3. Where to Find It: Searching the Literature.
4. Things You Need to Know Before You Begin.
5. Properties of Organic Molecules.
6. Characteristic Physical Properties of Pure Compounds.
7. Isolation and Purification of Compounds.
8. Structure Determination.
9. Running a Synthetic Reaction.
Experiment 1. Calibrating a Pasteur Pipette.
Experiment 2. Investigating Solubility and Acid-Base Reactions.
Experiment 3. Mixed Melting Points.
Experiment 4. Whittling Down the Possibilities: Identifying an Unknown Using Molecular Dipole Moment, Solubility, Density and Boiling Point Data.
Experiment 5. Recrystallization and Melting Points: Recrystallization of Adipic and Salicylic Acids.
Experiment 6. Recrystallization and Melting Points: Recrystallization of an Unknown Solid and the Decolorization of Brown Sugar.
Experiment 7. Thin Layer Chromatography (TLC).
Experiment 8. Identification of an Adulterated Herb or Spice by Thin Layer Chromatography (TLC).
Experiment 9. What Do You Take for Pain?
Experiment 10. Nucleophilic Substitution Reactions of Alkyl Halides.
Experiment 11. The Isolation of Trimyristin from Nutmeg.
Experiment 12. The Magtrieve™ Oxidation of 4-Chlorobenzyl Alcohol.
Experiment 13. The Sodium Borohydride Reduction of Benzil and Benzoin.
Experiment 14. The Grignard Reaction: The Preparation of 1,1-Diphenylethanol.
Experiment 15. The Asymmetric Dihydroxylation of trans-Stilbene.
Experiment 16. Some Chemistry of -Pinene Oxide.
Experiment 17. A Dehydrogenation/Hydrogenation Reaction.
Experiment 18. The Friedel-Crafts Reaction.
Experiment 19. Microwave Heating of Organic Compounds.
Experiment 20. The Reaction of 1,1-Diphenylethanol on Clay in the Presence of Microwave Radiation.
Experiment 21. The Wittig Reaction.
Experiment 22. The Suzuki Reaction.
Experiment 23. The Crossed-Aldol Condensation.
Experiment 24. Identifying the Structure of an Aldehyde by Qualitative Analysis.
Experiment 25. The Benzoin Reaction.
Experiment 26. The Diels-Alder Reaction.
Experiment 27. Synthesis of an -ß-Unsaturated Carboxylic Acid Derivative.
Experiment 28. The Reaction of 2-Acetylphenyl Benzoate with Potassium Hydroxide.
Experiment 29. The Reaction of 2-Acetylphenyl Benzoate with Potassium Hydroxide.
Experiment 30. Synthesis of 1,2,3,4-Tetrahydro-â-Carboline.
Experiment 31. Base-Catalyzed Hydrolysis of Nicotinonitrile Using an Anion-Exchange Resin.
Experiment 32. Reactions of Salicylamide.
Experiment 33. The Hunsdiecker Reaction.
Experiment 34. The Investigation of the Mechanism of a Reaction.
Experiment 35. Monoterpenes and the Ritter Reaction.
Experiment 36. Chemoselectivity in Transfer-Hydrogenation Reactions.


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Instructor Supplements

Online Instructor's Manual  (ISBN-10: 0495829943 | ISBN-13: 9780495829942)

1e, the Online Instructor's Manual includes helpful information, including instructors' notes, pre-lab meeting notes, experiment completion times, answers to end-of-experiment questions, video clips of techniques, and more.

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