One of the challenges faced by a student beginning a university course in organic chemistry is that of focussing on the basic material. The central aim of Lectures on Organic Chemistry is to provide all first year students with a clear and concise guide to the important general reactions of organic chemistry, which form the foundation to all later work. They should find this to be a valuable text, enabling them to better understand organic reactions and the inter-relationship between various classes of organic compounds. It should also be of value as a convenient reference and review guide to those who have completed their formal training in organic chemistry.
The alkanes; the alkenes; the alkynes; the arenes; halo-alkanes; Grignard and alkyllithium reagents; hydroxyl compounds; ethers; epoxides; thiols and thioethers; the carbonyl group; unsaturated carbonyl compounds; amines; carbohydrates; carboxylic acids; carboxylic esters; amides; acyl halides; acid anhydrides; cyanides (nitriles); bifunctional acids and esters; amino acids peptides; carbonic acids and their derivatives; sulphoxides and sulphones; sulphonic acids and their derivatives; nitro compounds; carbon-nitroso compounds; heterocyclic compounds; basic organic photochemistry; appendices - some approximate chemical shift ranges for different groups, NMR data for some common deuterated solvents, some typical values for I.R. vibrational frequencies.