Why Chemical Reactions Happen

Paperback | March 1, 2003

byJames Keeler, Peter Wothers

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By tackling the most central ideas in chemistry, Why Chemical Reactions Happen provides the reader with all the tools and concepts needed to think like a chemist. The text takes a unified approach to the subject, aiming to help the reader develop a real overview of chemical processes, byavoiding the traditional divisions of physical, inorganic and organic chemistry. To understand how chemical reactions happen we need to know about the bonding in molecules, how molecules interact, what determines whether an interaction is favourable or not, and what the outcome will be. Answering these questions requires an understanding of topics from quantum mechanics,through thermodynamics, to "curly arrows". In this book all of these topics are presented in a coherent and coordinated fashion, showing how each leads to a deeper understanding of chemical reactions.

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By tackling the most central ideas in chemistry, Why Chemical Reactions Happen provides the reader with all the tools and concepts needed to think like a chemist. The text takes a unified approach to the subject, aiming to help the reader develop a real overview of chemical processes, byavoiding the traditional divisions of physical, i...

James Keeler studied Chemistry at Oxford graduating in 1981. He continued at Oxford working under Professor Ray Freeman, FRS, on new techniques in high resolution NMR spectropscopy; he was awarded the D.Phil in 1984. Later that year he moved to the Department of Chemistry in Cambridge appointed first as a University Demonstrator, then...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:254 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.57 inPublished:March 1, 2003Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199249733

ISBN - 13:9780199249732

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Table of Contents

1. What this book is about and who should read it2. What makes a reaction go?3. Ionic interactions4. Electrons in atoms5. Electrons in simple molecules6. Electrons in larger molecules7. Reactions8. Equilibrium9. Rates of reaction10. Bonding in extended systems - conjugation11. Substitution and elimination reactions12. The effects of the solvent13. Leaving groups14. Competing reactions

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"A good A-level student or first-year undergraduate should find the book enjoyable to read and benefit from it". The Biochemist, April 2004.