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Organic Chemistry, Global Edition (9e)

By Leroy G. Wade, Jan W. Simek
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For courses in Organic Chemistry (2-Semester)


A Student-Centered Approach to Learning and Studying Organic Chemistry

Wade & Simek’s 9th Edition of Organic Chemistry presents key principles of organic chemistry in the context of fundamental reasoning and problem solving. Authored to complement how students use a textbook today, new Problem Solving Strategies, Partially Solved Problems, Visual Reaction Guides and Reaction Starbursts encourage students to use the text before class as a primary introduction to organic chemistry as well as a comprehensive study tool for working problems and/or preparing for exams. With unparalleled and highly refined pedagogy, this Ninth edition gives students a contemporary overview of organic principles and the tools for organising and understanding reaction mechanisms and synthetic organic chemistry.


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Table of contents
  • 1. Structure and Bonding
  • 2. Acids and Bases: Functional Groups
  • 3. Structure and Stereochemistry of Alkanes
  • 4. The Study of Chemical Reactions
  • 5. Stereochemistry
  • 6. Alkyl Halides. Nucleophilic Substitution
  • 7. Structure and Synthesis of Alkenes; Elimination
  • 8: Reactions of Alkenes
  • 9. Alkynes
  • 10. Structure and Synthesis of Alcohols
  • 11. Reactions of Alcohols
  • 12. Infrared Spectroscopy and Mass Spectrometry
  • 13. Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy
  • 14. Ethers, Epoxides and Thioethers
  • 15. Conjugated Systems, Orbital Symmetry, and Ultraviolet Spectroscopy
  • 16. Aromatic Compounds
  • 17. Reactions of Aromatic Compounds
  • 18. Ketones and Aldehydes
  • 19. Amines
  • 20. Carboxylic Acids
  • 21. Carboxylic Acid Derivatives
  • 22. Condensations and Alpha Substitutions of Carbonyl Compounds
  • 23. Carbohydrates and Nucleic Acids
  • 24. Amino Acids, Peptides, and Proteins
  • 25. Lipids
  • 26. Polymers 
Features & benefits
  • Organic Chemistry offers the following features to facilitate learning:
  • Highly refined presentation and features present key principles of organic chemistry in the context of fundamental reasoning and problem solving.
  • New! Expanded coverage of Acid/Base Chemistry in Chapter 2 and separation of the material on Substitution and Elimination into two distinct chapters allow students to build upon their existing knowledge and move through their first mechanisms with greater clarity and with more opportunities to test and apply their understanding without getting overwhelmed.
  • NEW! Problem Solving Strategies have been added and explicitly highlighted in each chapter, including new strategies for resonance, acid-base equilibria, and multistep synthesis.
  • NEW! Green chemistry is emphasised with presentation of less-toxic, environmentally friendly reagents in many situations, such as oxidation of alcohols with bleach rather than with chromium reagents.
  • NEW! Chapter Openers focus on applications discussed in the chapter, with introductions and images for a more enticing, contemporary presentation.
  • NEW! Reaction Starbursts appear before the end of chapter material of every ‘reaction-based chapter’ to help students better understand and mentally organise reactive similarities and distinctions.
  • NEW! Visual Guides to Organic Reactions place the reactions covered in major chapters within the overall context of the reactions covered in the course.
  • NEW! Over 100 new problems include more synthesis problems and problems based on recent literature.
  • 20 Key Mechanism boxes highlight the fundamental mechanistic principles that recur throughout the course and are the basis for some of the longer, more complex mechanisms. Each describes the steps of the reaction in detail with a specific example to reinforce the mechanism and a concluding problem to help students absorb these essential reactions.
  • Over 50 Mechanism boxes help students understand how specific reactions occur by zooming in on each individual step in detail.
  • UPDATED! Art has been revised throughout to provide consistency and clarity in the text, giving students access to detailed representations of molecular and orbital art.

Essential Problem Solving Skills help students navigate problems and key topics in the text.