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Survival Guide to Organic Chemistry Bridging the Gap from General Chemistry by Patrick E. (Benedictine University, Organic Chemistry and General Chemistry, Lisle, Illinois, USA) McMahon, Bohdan  Khomtchouk


Survival Guide to Organic Chemistry Bridging the Gap from General Chemistry by Patrick E. (Benedictine University, Organic Chemistry and General Chemistry, Lisle, Illinois, USA) McMahon, Bohdan Khomtchouk

The Survival Guide to Organic Chemistry: Bridging the Gap from General Chemistry enables organic chemistry students to bridge the gap between general chemistry and organic chemistry. It makes sense of the myriad of in-depth concepts of organic chemistry, without overwhelming them in the necessary detail often given in a complete organic chemistry text. Here, the topics covered span the entire standard organic chemistry curriculum. The authors describe subjects which require further explanation, offer alternate viewpoints for understanding and provide hands-on practical problems and solutions to help master the material. This text ultimately allows students to apply key ideas from their general chemistry curriculum to key concepts in organic chemistry.


'In Survival Guide to Organic Chemistry, the authors approach concepts in organic chemistry from an angle that differs from most textbooks. Rather than the usual approach of heavy paragraphs and figures, they establish a process wherein each concept is broken into a series of manageable steps, each of which involves a singular aspect of an overarching theme. Each step includes an example illustrating that singular process. This method allows students to approach material at levels within their control, rather than all at once for any given concept. The text also provides a framework for organizing reactions and includes over 30 practice exams spanning concepts of both semesters of a typical undergraduate organic chemistry sequence. In addition to students entering organic chemistry, this text could also serve as a useful reference for students in upper-level undergraduate or graduate level courses who need to refresh fundamental concepts before delving into more complex material. Finally, faculty may find this useful as a source of practice problems in class, as well as a means of guiding conversations for students struggling with particular concepts.--J. Tedesco, Lake Erie College Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-division undergraduates and above; faculty and professionals.'

- J. Tedesco, for CHOICE, January 2018, Vol. 55, No. 5.

About the Author

Patrick E. McMahon has for the past twenty three years been teaching both general chemistry and organic chemistry at Benedictine University in Lisle, Illinois. Prior to that, he was a research scientist for Amoco Chemical Company at the Naperville, Illinois campus. McMahon has also taught at several institutions in the Chicago area, including Elmhurst College, Dominican University and Triton Community College. He is a member of the American Legion and served in the United States Army from 1970-1972. His main area of research interest is organic reaction catalysis. Awards that can be accredited to his name include the B.J. Babler award for outstanding contribution to under-graduate instruction at the University of Illinois, the Dean's Award for Teaching Excellence at Benedictine University and first recipient of the Shining Star award given by the student senate for outstanding contribution to students at Benedictine University. Bohdan B. Khomtchouk is a triple-major summa cum laude (B.Sc. Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, B.Sc. Mathematics and B.Sc. Physics) and is currently United States Department of Defense NDSEG Fellow at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. Claes Wahlestedt, MD, PhD, is Leonard M. Miller Professor at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and is working on a range of chemistry related translational efforts in his roles as Associate Dean and Center Director for Therapeutic Innovation. The author of some 250 peer reviewed scientific publications with 30,000+ citations, his ongoing research projects concern chemical biology, epigenetics, genomics and drug/biomarker discovery across several therapeutic areas. He has experience not only from academia, but also from leadership positions in the pharmaceutical industry, namely Astra-Zeneca, Pharmacia & Upjohn and Pharmacia Corporation.

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Publication date

7th December 2016


Patrick E. (Benedictine University, Organic Chemistry and General Chemistry, Lisle, Illinois, USA) McMahon, Bohdan Khomtchouk

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