Succeeding in Organic Chemistry

A Systematic Problem-Solving Approach to Mastering Structure, Function and Mechanism

by Joseph C. Sloop



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 7/13/2010

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 8.25x11
Page Count : 144
ISBN : 9781452017372

About the Book

This text is specifically designed to help introductory Organic Chemistry students understand the fundamental concepts covered in undergraduate organic chemistry. The purpose of this book is three-fold: to explode the misconceptions and misgivings that are prevalent regarding this vast subject, provide additional insight for students on a number of concepts essential to mastery of organic chemistry, and explore alternative learning strategies to assist the beginning organic chemistry student in applying a specialized problem solving technique which centers on structure, function and a mechanistic approach. Examples of key chemical transformations are dissected and analyzed to assist students in improving their problem-solving skills. Each chapter contains a number of additional problems and the solutions to those problems are provided at the end of each chapter.See more information about the book at

About the Author

Dr. Sloop, a North Carolina native, completed requirements for his B. S. degree with Special Attainments in Chemistry from Davidson College under the direction of Dr. Felix Carroll in organic photochemistry in 1983. He was commissioned into the U. S. Army Chemical Corps upon graduation. He then attended North Carolina State University (NCSU), completing work toward a Master’s degree in Chemistry in fluorinated heterocycle synthesis under the direction of Dr. Carl Bumgardner. He joined the faculty of the United States Military Academy (USMA) at West Point in 1990, where he taught general and organic chemistry. From 1994 -1996, he taught organic chemistry and environmental toxicology at Drury College, Fort Leonard Wood campus. In 2000, he was selected by the U. S. Army for doctoral training and returned to NCSU where he completed requirements for a Ph.D. under the direction of Dr. David Shultz in organic magnetochemistry. Upon graduation, Dr. Sloop rejoined the USMA faculty at West Point in 2003, teaching organic chemistry and directing the undergraduate research program for the Department of Chemistry and Life Science until 2009. Upon his retirement from military service, Dr. Sloop accepted a position as Associate Professor in the School of Science and Technology at Georgia Gwinnett College, where he currently teaches a variety of chemistry courses. He is the recipient of several teaching and research awards with many scientific and science education papers to his credit as well as contributing author to the 2007 text entitled Fluorine Chemistry Research Advances.