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Organic Chemistry

Mechanistic Patterns

Organic Chemistry: Mechanistic Patterns is the very first introductory organic chemistry title that holistically focuses on a mechanistic approach; an approach that has proven to achieve a deeper understanding of chemical reactivity.

This mechanistic approach visualizes reactivity as a collection of patterns in electron movement, making it possible for students to describe why a reaction occurred. Recognizing patterns of electron flow between seemingly different reactions will allow students to predict how a chemical will react, even if the particular reaction is new to them.

Watch the Mechanistic Approach in Detail

Watch co-author, professor Bill Ogilvie discuss his personal journey and success in teaching organic chemistry from a mechanistic approach.

This book organizes the content how I wish we did in our courses. I absolutely think students will benefit from the way the content is organized in this book. The book includes examples that will appeal to life sciences students and presents organic synthesis in a rigorous manner.


University of British Columbia

Bring Organic Chemistry to Life

Organic ChemWare is a comprehensive collection of interactive simulations included with this text that redefines the lecture experience. It bridges the gap between the static imagery of textbooks and the dynamic world of organic chemistry.

Watch the reactions in action 

Organic ChemWare includes more than 185 interactive simulations and animations with an emphasis on:

  • Lewis Structures
  • curved arrow notation
  • reaction mechanisms
  • orbital interactions
  • conformational analysis
  • + many more.

← Watch the reactions in action

I would describe the textbook as very thorough with an interesting approach that will engage students into understanding reaction dynamics and pathways instead of just memorizing chemical transformations.


Dalhousie University

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Carbon and Its Compounds

Chapter 2 Anatomy of an Organic Molecule

Chapter 3 Molecules in Motion: Conformations by Rotations

Chapter 4 Stereochemistry: Three-Dimensional Structure in Molecules

Chapter 5 Organic Reaction Mechanism: Using Curved Arrows to Analyze Reaction Mechanisms

Chapter 6 Acids and Bases

Chapter 7 π Bonds as Electrophiles: Reactions of Carbonyls and Related Functional Groups

Chapter 8 π Bonds as Nucleophiles: Reactions of Alkenes, Alkynes, Dienes, and Enols

Chapter 9 Conjugation and Aromaticity

Chapter 10 Synthesis Using Aromatic Materials: Electrophilic Aromatic Substitution and Directed  Ortho Metalation

Chapter 11 Displacement Reactions on Saturated Carbons: SN1 and SN2 Substitution Reactions

Chapter 12 Formation of π Bonds by Elimination Processes: Elimination and Oxidation Reactions

Chapter 13 Structure Determination I: Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy

Chapter 14 Structure Determination II: Mass Spectrometry and Infrared Spectroscopy

Chapter 15 π Bond Electrophiles Connected to Leaving Groups: Carboxylic Acid Derivatives  and Their Reactions

Chapter 16 π Bonds with Hidden Leaving Groups: Reactions of Acetals and Related Compounds

Chapter 17 Carbonyl-Based Nucleophiles: Aldol, Claisen, Wittig, and Related Enolate Reactions

Chapter 18 Selectivity and Reactivity in Enolate Reactions: Control of Stereoselectivity and Regioselectivity

Chapter 19 Radicals: Halogenation, Polymerization, and Reduction Reactions

Chapter 20 Reactions Controlled by Orbital Interactions: Ring Closures, Cycloadditions, and Rearrangements

Appendix A  Answers to Checkpoint Problems A-X

Appendix B Common Errors in Organic Structures and Mechanisms A-X

Appendix C pKa Values of Selected Organic Compounds A-X

Appendix D NMR and IR Spectroscopic Data A-X

Appendix E Periodic Table of the Elements A-X

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