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  1. Organic Chemistry I as a Second Language: Translating the Basic Concepts
    Organic Chemistry I as a Second Language: Translating the Basic Concepts
    Organic Chemistry I as a Second Language: Translating the Basic Concepts
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  2. Organic Chemistry I as a Second Language: Translating the Basic Concepts

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David M. Klein
John Wiley and Sons
John Wiley and Sons
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John Wiley and Sons
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First off, let me reiterate what others have said -- this is NOT a textbook and it is not going to come anywhere close to covering the volume or depth of material that you are likely to cover in a year of college-level organic chemistry. The author clearly states that this book is meant to be a SUPPLEMENT to your course textbook, not a replacement for it or even a "Cliff's Notes"-style summary of its content. If all you want is an overview of organic chemistry reaction mechanisms, save yourself $40 and try a Google search instead - there are thousands of websites showing the mechanisms.

With that out of the way, I found this book to be an amazing resource. Where my textbook seemed intent on rushing through as many mechanisms and factoids as possible, Organic Chemistry as a Second Language took its time in explaining the "why"s behind what was going on and communicated the underlying principles using humor and analogies so that the material felt approachable.

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This book is exactly what it says it is. It is a supplement to an Organic Chemistry textbook that speaks to the reader in as plain language as possible. It doesn't go into the incredible depth that an official Org. textbook would do, but that's the beauty of it. The book focuses on understanding what type of reactions are commonly used on certain classes of chemicals and how those reaction mechanisms proceed; the overall goal being the improvement of the students ability to predict products and mechanisms for similar chemical reactions. It focuses on hammering in the major concept that chemical reactions are all very similar in that they involve (mostly) a nucleophile and an electrophile. It has many example problems with solutions that can be used as a test of understanding for the various mechanisms and reactions. It doesn't go into depth about quantities nor does it really discuss any quantifiable ways to predict the concentrations, pH, temperature, time, etc. which a... Read more
I bought this to brush up on the first semester of Organic Chemistry, which I took 5 years ago, in preparation for taking the second semester this year. It is written in clear, easy-to-understand language, sometimes using analogies (for example: molecules with resonance structures are like fruit. A nectarine simultaneously combines qualities of peaches and plums; likewise, the molecule simultaneously combines qualities of 2 resonance structures). It gives a couple of examples of each concept, then sets you loose on some problems (with the answers provided in the back) -- not a lot of practice problems, but I think it was enough to really familiarize myself with the topic. It seems to cover the most fundamental concepts in Organic Chemistry, and although it doesn't delve into "extraneous" detail that you might ultimately need to know, it does give very helpful shortcuts to solving problems and understanding concepts.

This probably can't replace a textbook, but is an... Read more
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