This book has been divided into three parts to facilitate its mixture of classical organic chemistry with new and established theoretical ideas. Part A presents an introductory description of molecular orbital and valence bond theories with emphasis on the qualitative aspects that can be applied to practical problems in organic structure and reactivity. Part B describes the key principles of physical organic chemistry and incorporates a mainly qualitative description of the Marcus theory of electron transfer.
Building on the theoretical framework developed in parts A and B, part C offers an overview of the basic reactions of organic chemistry: nucleophilic and electrophilic substitution, and radical and pericyclic reactivity. In addition, part C clearly explains the most recent unifying description of organic reactivity for organic chemists and for graduate and advanced undergraduate students.
Molecular Orbital Theory.
Qualitative Valence Bond Theory.
Building Up Reaction Profiles Using Valence Bond Configurations.
PRINCIPLES OF PHYSICAL ORGANIC CHEMISTRY.
Principles of Reactivity.
Structural Effects on Reactivity.
Ionization Potentials, Electron Affinities, and Singlet–Triplet Excitations.
Solvation and Solvent Effects.
Nucleophilic and Electrophilic Reactivity.
Radical and Pericyclic Reactivity.