Organic Chemistry I & II
Organic Chemistry I & II

Organic Chemistry I & II

Lead Author(s): Steven Forsey

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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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Steven Forsey, “Organic Chemistry”, Only one edition needed

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Carey & Giuliano, “Organic Chemistry”, 10th Edition

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Solomons et al., “Organic Chemistry”, 12th Edition

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David R. Klein, “Organic Chemistry”, 3rd Edition

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Customizable

Ability to revise, adjust and adapt content to meet needs of course and instructor

All-in-one Platform

Access to additional questions, test banks, and slides available within one platform

Pricing

Average price of textbook across most common format

Top Hat

Steven Forsey, “Organic Chemistry”, Only one edition needed

Up to 40-60% more affordable

Lifetime access on any device

McGraw-Hill

Carey & Giuliano, “Organic Chemistry”, 10th Edition

$219

Hardcover print text only

Wiley

Solomons et al., “Organic Chemistry”, 12th Edition

$301

Hardcover print text only

Wiley

David R. Klein, “Organic Chemistry”, 3rd Edition

$301

Hardcover print text only

Always up-to-date content, constantly revised by community of professors

Constantly revised and updated by a community of professors with the latest content

Top Hat

Steven Forsey, “Organic Chemistry”, Only one edition needed

McGraw-Hill

Carey & Giuliano, “Organic Chemistry”, 10th Edition

Wiley

Solomons et al., “Organic Chemistry”, 12th Edition

Wiley

David R. Klein, “Organic Chemistry”, 3rd Edition

In-book Interactivity

Includes embedded multi-media files and integrated software to enhance visual presentation of concepts directly in textbook

Top Hat

Steven Forsey, “Organic Chemistry”, Only one edition needed

McGraw-Hill

Carey & Giuliano, “Organic Chemistry”, 10th Edition

Wiley

Solomons et al., “Organic Chemistry”, 12th Edition

Wiley

David R. Klein, “Organic Chemistry”, 3rd Edition

Customizable

Ability to revise, adjust and adapt content to meet needs of course and instructor

Top Hat

Steven Forsey, “Organic Chemistry”, Only one edition needed

McGraw-Hill

Carey & Giuliano, “Organic Chemistry”, 10th Edition

Wiley

Solomons et al., “Organic Chemistry”, 12th Edition

Wiley

David R. Klein, “Organic Chemistry”, 3rd Edition

All-in-one Platform

Access to additional questions, test banks, and slides available within one platform

Top Hat

Steven Forsey, “Organic Chemistry”, Only one edition needed

McGraw-Hill

Carey & Giuliano, “Organic Chemistry”, 10th Edition

Wiley

Solomons et al., “Organic Chemistry”, 12th Edition

Wiley

David R. Klein, “Organic Chemistry”, 3rd Edition

About this textbook

Lead Authors

Dr. Steven Forsey, Ph.D.University of Waterloo

Steven Forsey is currently a Professor at University of Waterloo, teaching a variety of organic chemistry courses to Chemistry, Science, Chemical Engineering, Nanotechnology and distance education students. He received his Ph.D. (2004) for Synthetic Organic Chemistry from University of Waterloo, Ontario. He is a recipient of the Excellence of Science Teaching Award and has acted as the Teaching Fellow for the Department of Chemistry since 2016.

Contributing Authors

Felix NgassaGrand Valley State University

Neil GargUCLA

Jennifer ChaytorSaginaw Valley State University

Greg DomskiAugustana College

Christian E. MaduCollin Community College

Christopher NicholsonUniversity of West Florida

Franklin OwEast Los Angeles College, UCLA

Robert S. PhillipsUniversity of Georgia

Grigoriy SeredaUniversity of South Dakota

Simon E. LopezUniversity of Florida

Brannon McCulloughNorthern Arizona University

Jason JonesKennesaw State University

José BoquinAugustana College

Stephanie BrouetSaginaw Valley State University

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Author Biographies

​Welcome to the Top Hat Organic Chemistry Text! Here is a bit of information on each of our authors.

Editor and Principal Author

​Steven Forsey started his career as an educator at the University of Waterloo in 1985 as a Chemistry Laboratory Instructor and became a Continuing Lecturer after gaining his Ph.D. in 2004. 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 has acted as the Teaching Fellow for the Department of Chemistry since 2016. Steven has always been an early adopter of technology and has embraced emerging technologies to enhance the learning experience of his students in and outside the classroom. Forsey believes that instructors should try to make learning fun and create content that motivates and encourages students to develop their skills and deep learning. Top Hat has allowed him to facilitate active learning in large classes with in-class response systems, move towards flipping the classroom with great success, introduce fun to the learning of Organic Chemistry with gamification, and create engaging, innovative interactive learning resources that reach students far beyond his own classrooms.

Assistant Editor & Author

Felix Ngassa holds a Ph.D. in organic chemistry from the University of North Dakota and an MBA from the Seidman College of Business. Currently he is a tenured Professor of chemistry at Grand Valley State University, Michigan. He has taught organic chemistry lectures and labs for many years and has won several teaching and research awards including: Professor of the Year (2007), the Pan-Hellenic Association Excellence in Teaching (2008), the GVSU Alumni Association Outstanding Educator Award (2011), the GVSU CSCE Outstanding Undergraduate Mentoring Award (2012), and the GVSU CLAS Annual Faculty Service Award (2016).

Contributing Authors:

​Neil Garg is a Full Professor at UCLA, and has served as Vice Chair for the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry (2012-2016) and currently serves as Faculty-in-Residence in the UCLA undergraduate community. Garg received a B.S. in Chemistry from New York University and obtained his Ph.D. in 2005 from the California Institute of Technology. He then joined Professor Larry Overman’s research laboratory at the University of California, Irvine as an NIH Postdoctoral Scholar. 


José Boquin joined the chemistry faculty of Augustana College in Fall 2012. Originally from El Salvador, Jose obtained his bachelor degree from Ave Maria College of the Americas in San Marcos, Nicaragua and his doctoral degree from Baylor University in Waco, Texas. Upon completion of his Ph.D., José worked as a visiting assistant professor, teaching both the lecture and laboratory components for general and organic chemistry. His research is focused in the area of organic chemistry, specifically in the synthesis of organic compounds that may induce an immune response. He currently teaches the organic chemistry sequence at Augustana College as an assistant professor.


Stephanie Brouet is an Associate Professor of Chemistry at Saginaw Valley State University where she teaches organic chemistry lecture and laboratories. Stephanie received her BS in chemistry at the University of Michigan and her PhD in Organic Chemistry at Wayne State University. She has served on the ACS Examinations Committee for the First Term 2014 ACS Exam and has published an application called "AP Chemistry". She taught at College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA and Providence College before joining SVSU.


Jennifer Chaytor is an Assistant Professor of Bioorganic Chemistry at Saginaw Valley State University (University Center, Michigan) where she has taught organic chemistry lectures and laboratories since 2012. Jennifer received her BSc. in Biochemistry from Brock University (St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada) in 2005 and her PhD in Organic Chemistry from the University of Ottawa (Ottawa, Ontario, Canada) in 2010. She was a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Alberta (Edmonton, Alberta, Canada) from 2010 – 2012 before joining the Department of Chemistry at SVSU.


Greg Domski earned his Ph.D. at Cornell University where he developed organometallic catalysts for living, stereoselective olefin polymerization. He is currently an associate professor of chemistry at Augustana College (Illinois) where he teaches general, organic, and inorganic chemistry. His current research interests include synthesizing novel organometallic complexes and evaluating their catalytic potential in various organic transformations.


Christian E. Madu was born in Imo State, Nigeria, in 1968. He received his B.Sc. degree (1993) and M.Sc. degree (1997) in Chemistry from the University of Lagos, Nigeria. During his M.Sc. study, he worked as a graduate teaching assistant in organic chemistry at the University of Lagos, Nigeria. He also received a PhD degree from the University of Texas, Arlington in 2006. His doctoral research was in Metal Mediated Organic Synthesis. He joined the Chemistry Department of Collin College, Frisco, Texas in 2009 and he is also an Adjunct Professor of chemistry at the University of Texas, Arlington. His research interests are in the area of methodology study and synthesis of Bioactive Organic Compounds.


Christopher Nicholson is an Assistant Professor of Chemistry at the University of West Florida in Pensacola, Florida. He earned a B.S. in Chemistry at the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in 2002 and a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from the University of Notre Dame in 2010. He taught Organic Chemistry at a wide variety of institutions before landing at UWF where he teaches extensively in the General and Organic Chemistry curriculum as well as Advanced Organic Chemistry and other advanced topics. Outside of the classroom he is an avid sailor and has competed in numerous triathlons including two Ironman triathlons.


Franklin Ow received his B.S (2001) and Ph.D (2007) from the University of California, Los Angeles. His doctoral work focused on gas-phase photochemistry of organometallic compounds in Jeffrey Zink’s group. Franklin is currently an Associate Professor at East Los Angeles College, teaching introductory, general, and organic chemistry. He also lectures at UCLA, teaching general, organic, and inorganic chemistry.


Robert S. Phillips was born in Fairfield, California in 1952. He received his B.S. in 1974, and Ph.D. in Chemistry in 1979, from Georgia Institute of Technology, working with Sheldon May. He was then a postdoctoral fellow at the NIMH with Seymour Kaufman from 1981 to 1983 and at the NIADDK with Louis A. Cohen from 1983 to 1985. He became Assistant Professor in the Departments of Chemistry and Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of Georgia in 1985. He was promoted to Associate Professor in 1991 and Professor in 1996. His main research interests are in structures and mechanisms of enzymes in aromatic amino acid metabolism, and stereochemistry of alcohol dehydrogenases. He has taught courses in organic chemistry and medicinal chemistry at the undergraduate level, and physical organic chemistry, bioorganic chemistry, and organic spectroscopy at the graduate level.


Grigoriy Sereda earned M.S. in Chemistry (1988) and Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry (1992) from Moscow State University (Russia) and worked as a high school and middle school chemistry teacher. Since 2002, he has been employed by The University of South Dakota (USA), currently in the rank of Professor. Prof. Sereda has authored and co-authored numerous publications, books, and book chapters on chemical education in both English and Russian. He co-authored the 2014 Standardized ACS Exam on the first semester of Organic Chemistry. The research group of Prof. Sereda explores applications of organic chemistry in catalysis, photocatalysis, immunology, dentistry, industrial polymers, and drug delivery. 


Simon E. Lopez is the Adjunct Lecturer and Lab Coordinator at the University of Florida. He earned his Ph.D. in Medicinal Chemistry (1997) from Universidad Central de Venezuela. He was a Full Professor and researcher in Universidad Simón Bolívar from 2008 to 2015 in Venezuela. He has extensive research expertise (20 years) in Organic Chemistry, Medicinal Chemistry-Drug design and Organofluorine Chemistry.



Brannon McCullough is the Lecturer at Northern Arizona University. He earned his Ph.D. in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry (2012) at Yale University. Also, he is a scientist that has extensive experience using chemical, physical, mathematical, and engineering approaches to answer problems in biology and medicine. 




Jason Jones received his BS (1988) and PhD (1996) in chemistry from the University of Kent at Canterbury, England and Middlesex University, London, England. He the worked for five years in the field of X-ray diffraction applied to inorganic materials. Since coming to the US in 2002 he has taught chemistry at a number of colleges in the southeastern part of the US. Currently he teaches general chemistry at Kennesaw State University and Chattahoocheetech Technical College in Georgia.