This book takes students from the basic beginnings to a more thorough understanding of the fundamental concepts in organic and biochemistry. The concepts in this textbook are presented in small segments in a form that encourages students to explore and discover patterns and ideas. Diagrams, models, chemical reaction equations, and tables are used to present the information. A step-by-step series of critical thinking questions follows each section to guide the student to important observations and to encourage students to work as a group to confirm the answers. Each activity begins with a list of prerequisite concepts and learning objectives. The activity concludes with exercises that reinforce, expand, and extend the concepts presented. The topics covered range from the basics of naming the simplest organic compounds to the applications of the principles of organic chemistry to biochemical molecules and processes.
Adopting instructors will receive answer keys to exercise and critical thinking questions.