Organic Chemistry I & II

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Organic Chemistry I & II is designed for instructors who want an active, dynamic, and understandable approach to support their own efforts in the classroom. This ever-evolving textbook includes auto-graded questions, videos and approachable language in order to make difficult concepts easier to understand and implement.

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Authoring Content

Steve Forsey

Lead Author

Steven Forsey

Steven Forsey started his career as an educator at the University of Waterloo in 1985 as a chemistry laboratory instructor. He started lecturing in 2004, after completing a M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Synthetic Organic Chemistry. He teaches a variety of organic chemistry courses to Chemistry, Science, Chemical Engineering, Nanotechnology and distance education students. He is a recipient of the Excellence of Science Teaching Award and is involved in many student activities. Steven has always been an early adopter of technology and has embraced emerging technologies to enhance the learning experience of his students in the classroom.

Contributing Content

  • Felix Ngassa, Assistant Editor & Author
  • Neil Garg, Featured Author
  • José Boquin, Contributor
  • Stephanie Brouet, Contributor
  • Jennifer Chaytor, Contributor
  • Greg Domski, Contributor
  • Christian E. Madu, Contributor
  • Christopher Nicholson, Contributor
  • Franklin Ow, Contributor
  • Robert S. Phillips, Contributor
  • Grigoriy Sereda, Contributor

Table Of Contents

  • Chapter 1: Structure and Bonding
  • Chapter 2: Nomenclature
  • Chapter 3: Chemical Reactivity and Mechanisms
  • Chapter 4: Acids and Bases
  • Chapter 5: Conformations of Acyclic Alkanes and Cyclohexanes
  • Chapter 6: Stereochemistry
  • Chapter 7: SN2 Reactions
  • Chapter 8: SN1 reactions and distinguishing the differences between SN1 and SN2 reactions
  • Chapter 9: E1 Reactions to Form Alkenes
  • Chapter 10: E2 Reactions to Form Alkenes
  • Chapter 11: Substitution–Elimination: Discerning the Differences
  • Chapter 12: Alkenes
  • Chapter 13: Alkynes
  • Chapter 14: Alcohols and Oxiranes
  • Chapter 15: Ethers
  • Chapter 16: IR Spectroscopy and Mass Spectrometry
  • Chapter 17: NMR
  • Chapter 18: Radicals
  • Chapter 19: Conjugated Systems, Orbital Symmetry, and Ultraviolet Spectroscopy
  • Chapter 20: Aromatic Compounds
  • Chapter 21: Reactions of Aromatic Compounds
  • Chapter 22: Aldehydes, Ketones, and their Anomeric Derivatives
  • Chapter 23: Amines
  • Chapter 24: Carboxylic Acids
  • Chapter 25: Carboxylic Acid Derivatives
  • Chapter 26: Condensations and Alpha Substitutions of Carbonyl Compounds
  • Chapter 27: Synthetic Polymers
  • Chapter 28: Biomolecules


“Keeping it Real” Sections Created by Neil Garg

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Diverse and Extensive Questions

Questions are designed to walk students through the more confusing topics in a stepwise fashion.

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