This dictionary is one of a series covering the terminology and concepts used in important branches of science. The Facts on File Dictionary of Organic Chemistry has been designed as an additional source of information for students taking Advanced Placement (AP) Science courses in high schools. It will also be helpful to older students taking introductory college courses. This volume covers organic chemistry and includes basic concepts, classes of compound, reaction mechanisms, and important named organic compounds.
In addition, we have included a number of compounds that are important in biochemistry, as well as information on certain key biochemical pathways. The definitions are intended to be clear and informative and, where possible, we have illustrations of chemical structures. The book also has a selection of short biographical entries for people who have made important contributions to the field. There are a number of appendixes, including structural information on carboxylic acids, amino acids, sugars, and nitrogenous bases and nucleosides. There is also a list of all the chemical elements and a periodic table. The appendixes also include a short list of useful webpages and a bibliography.
The book will be a helpful additional source of information for anyone studying the AP Chemistry course, especially the section on Descriptive Chemistry. It will also be useful to students of AP Biology.