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Well it appears nowadays that organic and biological chemistry are inseparable. So here is one suggestion for a start.

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John McMurry, Cornell University
Mary E. Castellion, Norwalk, Connecticut

1. Matter and Life.
2. Measurements in Chemistry.
3. Atoms and the Periodic Table.
4. Ionic Compounds.
5. Molecular Compounds.
6. Chemical Reactions: Classification and Mass Relationships.
7. Chemical Reactions: Energy, Rates and Equilibrium.
8. Gases, Liquids, and Solids.
9. Solutions.
10. Acids and Bases.
11. Nuclear Chemistry.
12. Introduction to Organic Chemistry: Alkanes.
13. Alkenes, Alkynes, and Aromatic Compounds.
14. Some Compounds with Oxygen, Sulfur, or a Halogen.
15. Amines.
16. Aldehydes and Ketones.
17. Carboxylic Acids and their Derivatives.
18. Amino Acids and Proteins.
19. Enzymes and Vitamins.
20. Chemical Messengers: Hormones, Neurotransmitters, and Drugs.
21. The Generation of Biochemical Energy.
22. Carbohydrates.
23. Carbohydrate Metabolism.
24. Lipids.
25. Lipid Metabolism.
26. Nucleic Acids and Protein Synthesis.
27. Genomics.
28. Protein and Amino Acid Metabolism.
29. Body Fluids.
and if that is too general then

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Leroy G. Wade, JR., Whitman College

1. Introduction and Review.
2. Structure and Properties of Organic Molecules.
3. Structure and Stereochemistry of Alkanes.
4. The Study of Chemical Reactions.
5. Stereochemistry.
6. Alkyl Halides: Nucleophilic Substitution and Elimination.
7. Structure and Synthesis of Alkenes.
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 Sulfides.
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. Alpha Substitutions and Condensations of Enols and Enolate Ions.
23. Carbohydrates and Nucleic Acids.
24. Amino Acids, Peptides, and Proteins.
25. Lipids.
26. Synthetic Polymers.
Answers to Selected Problems.
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Paula Yurkanis Bruice, University of California, Santa Barbara


1. Electronic Structure and Bonding—Acids and Bases.

The Structure of an Atom. The Distribution of Electrons in an Atom. Ionic, Covalent, and Polar Bonds. Representation of a Structure. Atomic Orbitals. An Introduction to Molecular Orbital Theory. Bonding in Methane and Ethane: Single Bonds. Bonding in Ethane: A Double Bond. Bonding in Ethyne: A Triple Bond. Bonding in the Methyl Cation, the Methyl Radical, and the Methyl Anion. Bonding in Water. Bonding in Ammonia and the Ammonium Ion. Bonding in the Hydrogen Halides. Summary: Orbital Hybridization, Bond Lengths, Bond Strengths, and Bond Angles. Dipole Moments of Molecules. An Introduction to Acids and Bases. Organic Acids and Bases; pK a and pH. The Effect of Structure on pK a. An Introduction to Delocalized Electrons and Resonance. The Effect of pH on the Structure of an Organic Compound. Lewis Acids and Bases.

2. An Introduction to Organic Compounds: Nomenclature, Physical Properties, and Representation of Structure.

Nomenclature of Alkyl Substituents. Nomenclature of Alkanes. Nomenclature of Cycloalkanes. Nomenclature of Alkyl Halides. Nomenclature of Ethers. Nomenclature of Alcohols. Nomenclature of Amines. Structures of Alkyl Halides, Alcohols, Ethers, and Amines. Physical Properties of Alkanes, Alkyl Halides, Alcohols, Ethers, and Amines. Conformations of Alkanes: Rotation About Carbon-Carbon Bonds. Cycloalkanes: Ring Strain. Conformations of Cyclohexane. Conformations of Monosubstituted Cyclohexanes. Conformations of Disubstituted Cyclohexanes. Conformations of Fused Rings.


3. Alkenes: Structure, Nomenclature, and an Introduction to Reactivity—Thermodynamics and Kinetics.

Molecular Formula and the Degree of Unsaturation. Nomenclature of Alkenes. The Structure of Alkenes. Cis- Trans Isomerism. The E,Z System of Nomenclature. How Alkenes React. Curved Arrows. Thermodynamics and Kinetics.

4. Reactions of Alkenes.

Addition of Hydrogen Halides. Carbocation Stability. The Structure of the Transition State. Regioselectivity of Electophilic Addition Reactions. Addition of Water and Addition of Alcohols. Rearrangement of Carbocations. Addition of Halogens. Oxymercuration-Reduction and Alkoxymercuration-Reduction. Addition of Borane: Hydroboration-Oxidation. Addition of Radicals. The Relative Stabilities of Radicals. Addition of Hydrogen. The Relative Stabilities of Alkenes. Reactions and Synthesis.

5. Stereochemistry: The Arrangement of Atoms in Space; The Stereochemistry of Addition Reactions.

Cis-Trans Isomers. Chirality. Asymmetric Carbon, Chirality Centers, and Stereocenters. Isomers with One Asymmetric Carbon. Drawing Enantiomers. Naming Enantiomers: The R, S System of Nomenclature. Optical Activity. Optical Purity and Enantiomeric Excess. Isomers with More Than One Asymmetric Carbon. Meso Compounds. The R, S System of Nomenclature for Isomers with More Than One Asymmetric Carbon. Reactions of Compounds that Contain an Asymmetric Carbon. The Absolute Configuration of (+)- Glyceraldehyde. Separating Enantiomers. Discrimination of Enantiomers by Biological Molecules. Enantiotopic Hydrogens, Diastereotopic Hydrogens, and Prochiral Carbons. Nitrogen and Phosphorus Asymmetric Carbons. Stereochemistry of Reactions: Regioselective, Stereoselective, and Stereospecific Reactions. Stereochemistry of Electrophilic Addition Reactions of Alkenes. Stereochemistry of Enzyme-Catalyzed Reactions.

6. Reactions of Alkynes—Introduction to Multistep Synthesis.

Nomenclature of Alkynes. Physical Properties of Unsaturated Hydrocarbons. The Structure of Alkynes. How Alkynes React. Addition of Hydrogen Halides and Addition of Halogens. Addition of Water. Addition of Borane: Hydroboration-Oxidation. Addition of Hydrogen. Acidity of a Hydrogen Bonded to an SP Hybridized Carbon. Synthesis Using Acetylide Ions. Designing a Synthesis I: An Introduction to Multistep Synthesis. Commercial Use of Ethyne.

7. Electron Delocalization and Resonance—More About Molecular Orbital Theory.

Delocalized Electrons: the Structure of Benzene. The Bonding In Benzene. Resonance Contributors and the Resonance Hybrid. Drawing Resonance Contributors. Predicted Stabilites of Resonance Contributors. Resonance Energy. Stability of Allylic and Benzylic Cations. Stability of Allylic and Benzylic Radicals. Some Chemical Consequences of Electron Delocalization. The Effect of Electron Delocalization on pK a. A Molecular Orbital Description of Stability.

8. Reactions of Dienes—Ultraviolet/Visible Spectroscopy.

Nomenclature of Alkenes with More than One Functional Group. Configurational Isomers of Dienes. Relative Stabilities of Dienes. How Dienes React. Electrophilic Addition Reactions of Isolated Dienes. Electrophilic Addition Reactions of Conjugated Dienes. Thermodynamic Versus Kinetic Control of Reactions. The Diels-Alder Reaction: A 1,4-Addition Reaction. Ultraviolet and Visible Spectroscopy. The Beer-Lambert Law. Effect of Conjugation on Imax. The Visible Spectrum and Color. Uses of UV/VIS Spectroscopy.


9. Reactions of Alkanes: Radicals.

The Low Reactivity of Alkanes. Chlorination and Bromination of Alkanes. Factors that Determine Product Distribution. The Reactivity-Selectivity Principle. Radical Substitution of Benzylic and Allylic Hydrogens. Stereochemistry of Radical Substitution Reactions. Reactions of Cyclic Compounds. Radicals Reactions in Biological Systems. Radicals and Stratospheric Ozone.

10. Substitution Reactions of Alkyl Halides.

Reactivity Considerations. The Mechanism of SN2 Reactions. The SN2 Reaction. The Reversibility of an SN2 Reaction. The Mechanism of SN1 Reaction. The SN1 Reaction. The Stereochemistry of SN2 and SN1 Reactions. Benzylic Halides, Allylic Halides, Vinylic Halides, and Aryl Halides. Competition Between SN2 and SN1 Reactions. The Role of the Solvent in SN1 and SN1 Reactions. Biological Methylating Reagents.

11. Elimination Reactions of Alkyl Halides; Competition Between Substitution and Elimination.

The E2 Reaction. The Regioselectivity of the E2 Reaction. The E1 Reaction. Competition Between E2 and E1 Reactions. Stereochemistry of E2 and E1 Reactions. Elimination from Cyclic Compounds. A Kinetic Isotope Effect. Competition Between Substitution and Elimination. Substitution and Elimination Reactions in Synthesis. Consecutive E2 Elimination Reactions. Intermolecular versus Intramolecular Reactions. Designing a Synthesis II: Approaching the Problem.


12. Reactions of Alcohols, Ethers, Epoxides, and Sulfur-Containing Compounds—Organometallic Compounds.

Substitution Reactions of Alcohol. Amines Do Not Undergo Substitution Reactions. Other Methods Used to Convert Alcohols Into Alkyl Halides. Converting Alcohols into Sulfonates. Dehydration of Alcohols. Substitution Reactions of Ethers. Reactions of Epoxides. Arene Oxides. Crown Ethers. Thiols, Sulfides, and Sulfonium Salts. Organometallic Compounds. Coupling Reactions.

13. Mass Spectrometry and Infrared Spectroscopy.

Mass Spectrometry. The Mass Spectrum. Fragmentation. Isotopes in Mass Spectrometry. Determination of Molecular Formulas: High-Resolution Mass Spectrometry. Fragmentation at Functional Groups. Spectroscopy and the Electromagnetic Spectrum. Infrared Spectroscopy. Infrared Absorption Bands. Intensity of Absorption Bands. Position of Absorption Bands. C-H Absorption Bands. Shape of Absorption Bands. Absence of Absorption Bands. Infrared Inactive Vibrations. Identifying Infrared Spectra. Ultraviolet and Visible Spectroscopy. The Beer-Lambert Law. Effect of Conjugation on <F128>lmax. The Visible Spectrum and Color. Uses of UV/Vis Spectroscopy.

14. NMR Spectroscopy.

Introduction to NMR Spectroscopy. Fourier Transform NMR. Shielding. The Number of Signals in the 1H NMR Spectrum. The Chemical Shift. The Relative Position of 1H NMR Signals. Characteristic Values of Chemical Shifts. Integration of the NMR Signals. Diamagnetic Anisotropy. Splitting of the Signals. More Examples of 1H NMR Spectra. Coupling Constants. Splitting Diagrams. Time Dependence of NMR Spectroscopy. Protons Bonded to Oxygen and Nitrogen. Use of Deuterium in 1H NMR Spectroscopy. Resolution of 1H NMR Spectra. 13C NMR Spectroscopy. DEPT 13C NMR Spectra. Two-Dimensional NMR Spectroscopy. Magnetic Resonance Imaging.


15. Aromaticity—Reactions of Benzene.

Criteria for Aromaticity. Aromatic Hydrocarbons. Aromatic Heterocyclic Compounds. Some Chemical Consequences of Aromaticity. Antiaromaticity. A Molecular Orbital Description of Aromaticity and Antiaromaticity. Nomenclature of Monosubstituted Benzenes. How Benzene Reacts. General Mechanism for Electrophilic Aromatic Substitution Reactions. Halogenation of Benzene. Nitration of Benzene. Sulfonation of Benzene. Friedel-Crafts Alkylation of Benzene. Friedel-Crafts Alkylations of Benzene. Alkylations of Benzene by Acylation-Reduction.

16. Reactions of Substituted Benzenes.

Nomenclature of Diubstituted and Polysubstituted Benzenes. Reactions of Substituents on Benzene. The Effect of Substituents on Reactivity. The Effect of Substituents on Orientation. The Effect of Substituents on pK a. The Ortho/Para Ratio. Additional Considerations Regarding Substituent Effects. Designing a Synthesis III: Synthesis of Monosubstituted and Disubstituted Benzenes. Synthesis of Trisubstituted Benzenes. Synthesis of Substituted Benzenes Using Arenediazonium Salts. The Arenediazonium Ion as an Electrophile. Mechanism for the Reaction of Amines with Nitrous Acid. Nucleophilic Aromatic Substitution Reactions. Benzyne. Polycyclic Benzenoid Hydrocarbons. Electrophilic Substitution Reactions of Naphthalene and Substituted Naphthalenes.


17. Carbonyl Compounds I: Nucleophilic Acyl Substitution.

Nomenclature. Structures of Carboxylic Acids and Carboxylic Acid Derivatives. Physical Properties of Carbonyl Compounds. Naturally Occurring Carboxylic Acids and Carobxylic Acid Derivatives. How Class I Carbonyl Compounds React. Relative Reactivities of Carboxylic Acids, Acyl Halides, and Carboxylic Acid Derivatives. General Mechanism for Nucleophilic Acyl Substitution Reactions. Reactions of Acyl Halides. Reactions of Acid Anhydrides. Reactions of Esters. Acid-Catalyzed Ester Hydrolysis. Hydroxide-Ion-Promotes Ester Hydrolysis. Soaps, Detergents, and Micelles. Reactions of Carboxylic Acids. Reactions of Amides. Acid-Catalyzed Hydrolysis of Amides. Hydrolysis of an Imide- The Gabriel Synthesis. Hydrolysis of Nitriles. Designing a Synthesis IV: The Synthesis of Cyclic Compounds. Synthesis of Carboxylic Acid Derivatives. Dicarboxylic Acids and Their Derivatives.

18. Carbonyl Compounds II: Nucleophilic Acyl Addition, Nucleophilic Acyl Substitution, and Nucleophilic Addition-Elimination—Reactions of <F128>a, <F128>b-Unsaturated Carbonyl Compounds.

Nomenclature. Relative Reactivities of Carbonyl Compounds. How Aldeyhdes and Ketones React. Reactions of Carbonyl Compounds with Carbon Nucleophiles. Reactions of Carbonyl Compounds with Hydride Ion. Reactions of Aldehydes and Ketones with Nitrogen Nucleophiles. Reactions of Aldehydes and Ketones with Oxygen Nucleophiles. Protecting Groups. Addition of Sulfur Nucleophiles. The Wittig Reaction. Stereochemistry of Nucleophilic Addition Reactions: Re and Si Faces. Designing a Synthesis V: The Synthesis of Cyclic Compounds. Nucleophilic Addition to -Unsaturated Aldehydes and Ketones: Direct Addition Versus Conjugate Addition. Nucleophilic Addition to <F128>a, <F128>b-Unsaturated Carboxylic Acid Derivatives. Enzyme-Catalyzed Additions to <F128>a, <F128>b-Unsaturated Carbonyl Compounds.

19. Carbonyl Compounds III: Reactions at the <F128>a-Carbon.

Acidity of <F128>a-Hydrogens. Keto-Enol Tautomerism. How Enols and Enolate Ions React. Halogenation of the <F128>a-Carbon of Aldehydes and Ketones. Halogenation of the <F128>a-Carbon of Carboxylic Acids: The Hell-Volhard-Zelinski Reaction. <F128>a-Halogenated Carbonyl Compounds in Synthesis. Using LDA to Form an Enolate. Alkylation of the <F128>a-Carbon of Carbonyl Compounds. Alkylation and Acylation of the <F128>a-Carbon via an Enamine Intermediate. Alkylation of the <F128>b-Carbon: The Michael Reaction. The Aldol Addition. Dehydration of Aldol Addition Products: Formation of <F128>a, <F128>b-Unsaturated Aldehydes and Ketones. The Mixed Aldol Addition. The Claisen Condensation. The Mixed Claisen Condensation. Intramolecular Condensation and Addition Reactions. Decarboxylation of 3-Oxocarboxylic Acids. The Malonic Ester Synthesis: Synthesis of Carboxylic Acids. The Acetoacetic Ester Synthesis: Synthesis of Methyl Ketones. Designing a Synthesis VI: Making New Carbon-Carbon Bonds. Reactions at the <F128>a-Carbon in Biological Systems.


20. More About Oxidation-Reduction Reactions.

Reduction Reactions. Oxidation of Alcohols. Oxidation of Aldehydes and Ketones. Oxidation of Alkenes with Peroxyacids. Hydroxylation of Alkenes. Oxidative Cleavage of 1,2-Diols. Oxidative Cleavage of Alkenes: Ozonolysis. Oxidative Cleavage of Alkynes. Designing a Synthesis VII: Functional Group Interconversion. Biological Oxidation-Reduction Reactions. Oxidation of Hydroquinones/Reduction of Quinones.

21. More about Amines—Heterocyclic Compounds.

More About Nomenclature. More About Acid-Base Properties. Amine Inversion. Synthesis of Amines. Reactions of Amines. Reactions of Quaternary Ammonium Compounds. Phase-Transfer Catalysis. Unsaturated Five-Membered-Ring Heterocycles. Unsaturated Six-Membered-Ring Heterocycles. Biologically Important Heterocycles.

22. Carbohydrates.

Classification of Carbohydrates. The D and L Notation. Configurations of the Aldoses. Configurations of the Ketoses. Redox Reactions of Monosaccharides. Osazone Formation. Chain Elongation: The Kiliani-Fischer Synthesis. Chain Shortening: The Ruff Degradation. Stereochemistry of Glucose: The Fischer Proof. Cyclic Structure of Monosaccharides: Hemiacetal Formation. Stability of Glucose. Acylation and Alkylation of Monosaccharides. Formation of Glycosides. The Anomeric Effect. Reducing and Nonreducing Sugars. Determination of Ring Size. Disaccharides. Polysaccharides. Some Naturally Occurring Products Derived from Carbohydrates. Carbohydrates on Cell Surfaces. Synthetic Sweeteners.

23. Amino Acids, Peptides, and Proteins.

Classification and Nomenclature of Amino Acids. Configuration of Amino Acids. Acid-Base Properties of Amino Acids. The Isoelectric Point. Separation of Amino Acids. Resolution of Racemic Mixtures of Amino Acids. Peptide Bonds and Disulfide Bonds. Some Interesting Peptides. Strategy of Peptide Bond Synthesis: N-Protection and C-Activation. Automated Peptide Synthesis. Protein Structure. Determining the Primary Structure of a Protein. Secondary Structure of Proteins. Tertiary Structure of Proteins. Quaternary Structure of Proteins. Protein Denaturation.

24. Catalysis.

Catalysis in Organic Reactions. Nucleophilic Catalysis. Acid Catalysis. Base Catalysis. Metal-Ion Catalysis. Intramolecular Reactions. Intramolecular Catalysis. Catalysis in Biological Reactions. Enzyme-Catalyzed Reactions. Catalytic Antibodies and Artificial Enzymes.

25. The Organic Mechanisms of the Coenzymes—Metabolism.

Overall View of Metabolism. Niacin: The Vitamin Needed for Many Redox Reactions. Flavin Adenine Dinucleotide and Flavin Mononucleotide: Vitamin B2. Thiamine Pyrophosphate: Vitamin B1. Biotin: Vitamin H. Pyridoxal Phosphate: Vitamin B6. Coenzyme B12: Vitamin B12. Tetrahydrofolate: Folic Acid. Vitamin KH2: Vitamin K.


26. Lipids.

Fatty Acids. Waxes. Fats and Oils. Membranes. Prostaglandins. Terpenes. Vitamin A. Biosynthesis of Terpenes. Steroids. Biosynthesis of Cholesterol. Synthetic Steroids.

27. Nucleosides, Nucleotides, and Nucleic Acids I.

Nucleosides and Nucleotides. ATP: The Carrier of Chemical Energy. Three Mechanisms for Phosphoryl Transfer Reactions. The “High-Energy” Character of Phosphoanhydride Bonds. Kinetic Stability of ATP in the Cell. Other Important Nucleotides. The Nucleic Acids. Helical Forms of DNA. Biosynthesis of DNA: Replication. Biosynthesis of Messenger RNA: Transcription. Ribosomal RNA. Transfer RNA. Biosynthesis of Proteins: Translation. Why DNA Contains Thymine Instead of Uracil. Determining the Base Sequence of DNA. Laboratory Synthesis of DNA Strands. Rational Drug Design.

28. Synthetic Polymers.

General Classes of Synthetic Polymers. Chain-Growth Polymers. Stereochemistry of Polymerization. Ziegler-Natta Catalysts. Polymerization of Dienes. The Manufacture of Rubber. Copolymers. Step-Growth Polymers. Physical Properties of Polymers. Biodegradable Polymers.

29. Pericyclic Reactions.

Three Kinds of Pericyclic Reactions. Molecular Orbitals and Orbital Symmetry. Electrocyclic Reactions. Cycloaddition Reactions. Sigmatropic Rearrangements. Pericyclic Reactions in Biological Systems. Summary of the Selection Rules for Pericyclic Reactions.

30. The Organic Chemistry of Drugs: Discovery and Design.

Naming Drugs. Lead Compounds. Molecular Modification. Random Screening. Serendipity in Drug Development. Receptors. Drugs as Enzyme Inhibitors. Designing a Suicide Substrate. Quantitative Structure-Activity Relation-ships (QSAR). Molecular Modeling. Combinatorial Organic Synthesis. Antiviral Drugs. Economics of Drugs. Governmental Regulations.


Physical Properties of Organic Compounds. Values. Derivations of Rate Laws. Summary of Methods Used to Synthesize a Particular Functional Group. Summary of Methods Used to Form Carbon-Carbon Bonds. Spectroscopy Tables.

Answers to Selected Problems.

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1 Chemical Bonding
2 Alkanes and Cycloalkanes
3 Alcohols and Alkyl Halides
4 Alkenes and Alkynes I: Structure and Preparation
5 Alkenes and Alkynes II: Reactions
6 Aromatic Compounds
7 Stereochemistry
8 Nucleophilic Substitution
9 Free Radicals
10 Alcohols, Ethers, and Phenols
11 Aldehydes and Ketones
12 Carboxylic Acids
13 Carboxylic Acid Derivatives
14 Amines
15 Carbohydrates
16 Lipids
17 Amino Acids, Peptides, and Proteins
18 Nucleic Acids
19 Spectroscopy

More comprehensive

Janice Gorzynski Smith, UNIV OF HAWAII-MANOA

1 Structures and Bonding
2 Acids and Bases
3 Introduction to Organic Molecules and Functional Groups
4 Alkanes
5 Stereochemistry
6 Understanding Organic Reactions
7 Alkyl Halides and Nucleophilic Substitutions
8 Alkyl Halides and Elimination Reactions
9 Alcohols, Ethers and Epoxides
10 Alkenes
11 Alkynes
12 Oxidation and Reduction
13 Radical Reactions
14 Mass Spectrometry and Infrared Spectroscopy
15 Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy
16 Conjugation, Resonance, and Dienes
17 Benzene and Aromatic Compounds
18 Electrophilic Aromatic Substitution
19 Carboxylic Acids and Acidity of the O-H Bond
20 Introduction to Carbonyl Chemistry: Organometallic Reagents
21 Aldehydes and Ketones - Nucleophilic Addition
22 Carboxylic Acids and Their Derivatives - Nucleophilic Acyl Substitution
23 Substitution Reactions of Carbonyl Compounds at the 2 Carbon
24 Carbonyl Condensation Reactions
25 Amines
26 Lipids
27 Carbohydrates
28 Amino Acids and Proteins

And a couple of others at

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For Organic Chemistry, Solomon is a preferred text but I do not recommend it for those planning to go to Grad School. Solomon is good for undergrad organic chemistry, if you are stopping at that level. It does poorly in establishing underlying unifying concepts. In my opinion, Morrison and Boyd does an excellent job ! And since you mentioned Atkins, his Physical Chemistry book is an absolute must have for anyone in chemistry. It is a treasure.


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I have P. W. Atkins, "Physical Chemistry" book also, but it's from 1978. Yeah, it is a classic.

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