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Yoder, Leber, Thomsen Book

Make the leap from introductory to organic chemistry.

Professors Claude Yoder, Phyllis Leber and Marcus Thomsen, with their recently published book The Bridge to Organic Chemistry: Concepts and Nomenclature, hope to ease the transition from  first-year chemistry to organic chemistry which can be a challenge for many students—not only must students recall their first-year studies of bonding, structure, and reactivity, but they must also master a whole new set of nomenclature, along with the critical skill of “electron-pushing.” Concise and carefully structured, the book helps students strengthen their mastery of fundamental concepts from the introductory chemistry course and then introduces them to the new concepts of organic chemistry. Step by step, the reader will:

• Review important concepts such as structural isomerism, Lewis formulas, hybridization, and resonance and understand their roles in modern organic chemistry

• Learn organic nomenclature along with the critical skill of “electron-pushing”

• Explore mechanisms that utilize many of the concepts—Lewis acid-base chemistry, rate laws, enthalpy changes, bond energies and electronegativities, substituent effects, structure, stereochemistry, and the visualization of electron flow through the electron-pushing model

With a progressive disclosure style and substantial review at each step, The Bridge to Organic Chemistry puts organic chemistry and its nomenclature within the grasp of every student.