Best Organic Chemistry Book for Undergraduates

Best Organic Chemistry Book for Undergraduates

In this article, we will talk about some Best Organic Chemistry Book For Undergraduates. Although there are many other books that are good for Organic Chemistry but here we will talk only about 4 different books that I liked and opted personally for my studies.

Best Organic Chemistry Book for Undergraduates 



The book has been written by Jerry March and Michael B. Smith. This book contains 19 chapters. Chapters 10-19, which make up Part 2, are directly concerned with organic reactions and their mechanisms. Chapters 1-9 may be thought of as an introduction to part 2. The first five chapters deal with the structure of organic compounds. These chapters discuss the kinds of bonding important in organic chemistry, the three- dimensional structure of organic molecules, and the structure of species in which the valence of carbon is less than 4. Chapters 6-9 are concerned with other topics that help to form a background to Part 2: acids and bases, photochemistry, the relationship between structure and reactivity, and a general discussion of mechanisms and the means by which they are determined.



The book has been written by Jonathan Clayden, Nick Greeves, and Stuart Warren. Inspiring and motivating its readers from the moment it was published, Organic Chemistry has established itself in just one edition as the students’ choice of organic chemistry text.


Ø  All chapters have been revised and refined to provide a more student-friendly, more logical, and more coherent presentation of the subject.

Ø  Coverage of those topics with particular practical relevance that have developed in the last ten years has been enhanced, including the presentation of metathesis, modern methods of asymmetric synthesis (including organocatalysis), and palladium-catalysed couplings.

Ø  A new chapter on regioselectivity has been introduced, providing (along with the chapter on chemoselectivity) a pause for thought and “revision session” in the middle of the book.

A solution manual to accompany the book, written by Jonathan Clayden, is also available.

3.  Bruice Organic Chemistry 7 ed:

Best Organic Chemistry Book for Undergraduates


 The book “Organic Chemistry” 7 Edition written by Paula Yurkanis Bruice is one of the best books for the students pursuing higher degrees in Chemistry. The guiding principle behind this book is to present organic chemistry as an exciting and vitally important science. To counter the impression that the study of organic chemistry consists primarily of memorizing a diverse collection of molecules and reactions, this book is organized around shared features and unifying concepts, and it emphasizes principles that can be applied again and again. The book helps students focus on fundamental concepts and skills, make connections from one topic to the next, and review the material visually through the guidance of an annotated art program and new tutorial spreads.

 The book contains more than 2000 problems, many with multiple parts. The answers to all the problems are in the accompanying Study Guide and Solutions Manual. The problems within each chapter are primarily drilled problems. They appear at the end of each section, so they allow students to test themselves on material just covered before moving on to the next section. Selected problems are accompanied by worked-out solutions to provide insight into problem-solving techniques. Short answers provided at the end of the book for problems marked with a diamond give students immediate feedback concerning their mastery of a skill or concept. The many Problem-Solving Strategies in the book teach students how to approach various kinds of problems. Each Problem-Solving Strategy is followed by an exercise giving the student an opportunity to use the problem-solving strategy just learned.


PART A: Structure and Mechanisms.  &  PART B: Reactions and Synthesis.

Part A provides a close look at the structural concepts and mechanistic patterns that are fundamental to organic chemistry. It relates those mechanistic patterns, including relative reactivity and stereochemistry, to underlying structural factors. Understanding these concepts and relationships will allow students to recognize the cohesive patterns of reactivity in organic chemistry. Part B examines the major reactions that are applied in synthesis. It provides information on reagents, mechanism, and stereochemistry. The Schemes provide specific examples. PART A & PART B together are intended to provide advanced undergraduate or beginning graduate students in chemistry with a sufficient foundation to comprehend and use the research literature in organic chemistry.






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