"The Second Edition of Sorrell's Organic Chemistry is working well for our course on organic chemistry with a biological emphasis. It is a great combination of rigor and easy reading."
Chemistry is a breath of fresh air. It is a truly distinctive
approach to the discipline that emphasizes the mechanistic similarities of
processes rather than presenting them in the standard functional group
"This new edition of Sorrell's Organic Chemistry is a great contribution
to those interested in teaching organic with an eye toward biochemistry.
Students very much appreciated the clarity of the writing and pertinent
--Josh Rabinowitz, Princeton University
From Reviews of the First
"Sorrell has managed to integrate an enormous amount of biological material into the text and do it in a way that successfully shows the relationship between simple organic reactions and complex biological processes."
--Journal of Chemical Education
easy reading style and excellent examples related to biology will
engage my pre-med and biology majors."
--Professor Andrew French, Albion College
Second Edition of Organic
all the innovative features of the first edition in a sleeker, slimmer, and
easier-to-navigate design. Hailed
by J Chem Ed as “the new wave” in
organic textbooks, this book’s mechanistic approach constructs organic
chemistry from the ground up. By
focusing on the points of reactivities in organic, this text allows students to
approach more and more complex molecules with enhanced understanding.
Also noteworthy are the biochemical examples for their variety,
substance, and depth. Despite its
unique emphasis on reactivity, the book facilitates easy adoption by covering
organic compound classes in the traditional order.
Hundreds of worked examples and student exercises combine with clear
writing and sound pedagogy to make this text an exceptional choice.
What's New in this Edition?
a sleeker, slimmer volume
improved organization designed for ease of use
more examples and solved exercises
fewer specialized topics
the first chapter on nucleophilic substitution has been expanded and divided into two chapters, allowing alkyl halides and alcohol substitution reactions to be treated separately
oxidation reactions of alcohols have been removed from the chapter on elimination reactions, and a separate chapter on reduction and oxidation reactions has been created (Chapter 11), which also includes discussions about the reduction and oxidation reactions of alkenes
the chemistry of dienes, including the Diels-Alder reaction, have been collected in a chapter separate from the one devoted to the addition reactions of simple alkenes
the order of topics in the chapters presenting spectroscopic methods has been reversed, so nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy is now covered first
the chapter that introduces synthetic methods has been largely preserved from the first edition, but it is followed directly by the chapter on enantioselective synthesis
the discussion of enantioselective reactions has been completely rewritten, and its emphasis has been changed to encourage students to think about designing enantioselective syntheses without having to memorize a lot of details about specific reagents and conditions
the topic of aromatic compounds— benzene and its derivatives—has been moved, and the presentations about diazonium compounds and nucleophilic aromatic substitution reactions, have been incorporated into new Chapter 17
the chapter about about aldehydes, ketones, and carbohydrates has been divided into two chapters in the current edition, with the division made according to the reaction mechanisms involved, not according to the functional groups that are undergoing the reactions
the chapter on nitrogen-containing compounds has been parceled in this edition among several chapters in the new edition
in contrast, the discussions of polymer chemistry, which were interspersed throughout the book in the first edition, have been collected to form Chapter 26 in this edition
In addition to a detailed, 2-color Student Solutions Manual, students may also purchase accompanying customized online homework, using the most advanced online system available to provide automatic homework grading, tutorial instruction, diagnostic feedback, and to help students with molecule drawing, chemical equations, 2D and 3D atom selection, simulations, diagram labeling, and interactive spectra.
About the Author
Thomas Sorrell received a BA in chemistry from New College (Sarasota, FL) 1973 and a PhD in organic chemistry from Stanford University in 1977. He subsequently joined the faculty at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he has taught and conducted research in organic and bioinorganic chemistry. Sorrell has been named an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow, and he has authored two textbooks in addition to several dozen research papers. Sorrell enjoys playing violin with the UNC Symphony Orchestra, and he is an avid watercolor painter. His landscape “White Rim, Green River” was accepted for display in an “Arts for the Parks” exhibition, an acclaimed international art competition aimed at raising awareness for the National Parks in the U.S.