Organic chemistry may be challenging, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get the grade you want. This book points out the major principles in organic chemistry and explains why they are relevant to the rest of the course. It provides time-saving study tips and a clear roadmap for your studies that will help you focus your efforts. And it helps you develop the skills you need to solve a variety of problems types—even unfamiliar ones!
David R. Klein
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Great book. Organic chemistry is HARD, lots of challenging topics and the class moves very fast.... this book is a lifesaver, I wish I'd gotten it at the beginning of the semester instead of the end when I was trying to review for a final exam. Seriously, it takes all the mumbo-jumbo from your standard textbooks (I had 3) and breaks it down to logical, simple parts. Get it, and save yourself the pain that I experienced! You could not find a more clearly written, straightforward book. Good for review, and to complement your textbook. In fact it should replace your textbook, but no professor is gonna go for that.... How are they going to sound smart, if you understand everything they say??
I started reading this book at the beginning of 2nd semester. It brought a lot of things together that are crucial 1st sem. concepts that tend to get lost or overcomplicated in the density of textbooks! Only way this book would be better is with a little color, but that's just a personal preference that's always helped me learn.
Essentially, it lays out really important concepts of orgo in an easy to understand manner with simple practice problems that make applying the concepts to harder problems seem managable. Won't keep you from making silly mistakes on exams (you know what I mean), but WILL help you understand the actual chemistry of what's going on in conceptual and mechanistic probs. your prof. might throw at you, so you can get them correct.
I am taking organic chemistry after being out of school for a long time. I found my textbook quite hard to understand, and my professor recommended this book. I am so glad he did. My strategy is, when the professor introduces a concept, I read the related chapter in this book THOROUGHLY and do all the exercises. Then I go to my textbook to learn the details in more depth. We had our first exam last week and I aced it.
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