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Readership: Students in their first year of a university chemistry course, or those about to embark on such a course
James Keeler, Senior Lecturer in Chemistry, University of Cambridge and Fellow of Selwyn College, Cambridge, and Peter Wothers, Teaching Fellow in Chemistry, University of Cambridge and Fellow of St. Catharine's College, Cambridge
"I feel that Peter and James have done a tremendous job of explaining chemical reactions using perspectives that are not used in traditional text books. They explain reactions in terms of bonding theories and orbitals rather than solely using kinetics and equilibrium. The author's use of visual representations throughout the book increases the comprehension of the material covered in the text. I look forward to using this textbook in my organic chemistry courses. Physical Sciences Educational Reviews 2004."
"'Why Chemical Reactions Happen is one of nature's secrets....This insightful book reveals in clear and impressive style what motivates molecules to metamorphose into something new. It supplies all the essentials for understanding entrophy and
how to choreograph molecular transformations to its music' Times Higher Education Supplement, February 2004."
1: What this book is about and who should read it
2: What makes a reaction go?
3: Ionic interactions
4: Electrons in atoms
5: Electrons in simple molecules
6: Electrons in larger molecules
9: Rates of reaction
10: Bonding in extended systems - conjugation
11: Substitution and elimination reactions
12: The effects of the solvent
13: Leaving groups
14: Competing reactions