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PHSC 300 SCIENTIFIC LITERATURE

ASSIGNMENT 4: BEILSTEIN

Beilstein is a treatise on organic chemistry. The volumes or Bands are all in German. The indices are the Sach-Register (subject index) and the Formel-Register (formula index). As might be expected, the formula index is usually the easier method of finding information, especially for the reader who is not extremely fluent in German. Beilstein is located in the reference section of the library at QD 251.B4. Another very useful book when looking at Beilstein is Patterson's German-English Dictionary for Chemists which is located at QD5.P3.

Beilstein is separated into the original work (volumes or Bands 1-31) each volume dealing with a particular class of compounds, and supplements (Erganzungwerk) 1-4 (Erste, Zweites, Dritte, Vierf) which follow the same volume numbers. Collected indices and individual indices for volumes are available. References to the original and supplements are easily distinguished. For example:


17, 485. refers to the original volume 17 page 485.


17 (I) 255. refers to the first supplement page 255.


17 (II) 468. refers to the second supplement page 468.



When reading German some useful rules to know are that all nouns are capitalized and the verb often occurs at the end of the sentence. Some useful words to know are listed below:

Angaben
information

aus
from, out, out of

Darstellung
preparation, synthesis

Kochpunkt
boiling point

Kp or kp
boiling point

loslich
soluble

Losung
solution

richtig
right, true

saure
acid

schlecht
bad, poor, badly, poorly

Schmelzpunkt
melting point

Schmp. or Schmpt,
melting point

sehr
very

unloslich
insoluble

unrichtig
incorrect, false

von
from, of



Your assignment for next week is to find the oldest synthetic method listed in Beilstein for each of the compounds below. In addition, for each compound, list the physical properties for the compound which are listed in Beilstein.




1. Azocyclooctane, heptamethyleneimine, C7H15N




2. Tetrabromophthalic acid, C8H2Br4O4




3. 1,3-Cycloheptadiene, C7H10




4. Methyl butyl carbonate, C6H12O3