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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Course on Physical Organic Chemistry
Carey and Sundberg had written the most detailed and briliant account in the subject of organic chemistry. This volume along with Part B (Reactions and Synthesis) contribute to the most updated account in advanced organic chemistry. Part A deals with chemical bonding + structure, basic stereochemical principles, conformational analysis, stereoelectronic effects, and...
Published on March 3, 2002 by Matthew M. Yau

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2.0 out of 5 stars Poorly written text.
Carey and Sundberg Adv. Organic Chemistry is not a very effective book for learning Organic chemistry; explanations are often convoluted, poorly explained, and done in an unnecessarily roundabout fashion. Rather than present a basic concept and support it with various examples, the authors tend to simply present examples and expect the reader to understand different...
Published on October 26, 2009 by A. Lamers


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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Course on Physical Organic Chemistry, March 3, 2002
Carey and Sundberg had written the most detailed and briliant account in the subject of organic chemistry. This volume along with Part B (Reactions and Synthesis) contribute to the most updated account in advanced organic chemistry. Part A deals with chemical bonding + structure, basic stereochemical principles, conformational analysis, stereoelectronic effects, and organic reaction mechanisms.
For many organic students, a basic picture of chemical bonding and structure is more than adequate. The mathematical complications in physical chemistry have haunted many organic students including myself. Carey and Sundberg discuss concepts in chemical bonding and structure most relevant to organic chemistry and organic compounds in very plain language. This volume covers valence bond, molecular orbital theory (MO), Huckel molecular orbital theory, interaction between sigma and pi systems, hyperconjugation. The book also frontier orbital theory (HOMO, LUMO, PMO) in the context of perturbation theory.
The coverage on stereochemistry is succinct but detailed. It introduces ideas of enantiomeric and diastereomeric relationships. It also emphasizes on the significance and consequence of prochiral relationships and stereochemistry of dynamic processes. Conformational analysis is discussed mostly in the context of 3-membered to 7-membered ring systems. The book also provides thorough discussion on kinetic vs. thermodynamic control in mechanisms. Some of the less-easy-to-grasp concepts are discussed in details such as the Hammond's Postulate, Curtin-Hammett Principles and isotope effects. The book also contains a section on inorganic catalysis, Lewis acid catalysis and solvent effects. It further reinforces the theory and concept studied in introductory courses.
The rest of the book focuses on some of the most significant organic reactions: their substrates, reaction mechanism, choice of solvents, intermediates, and possible stereochemical outcomes. Part A mostly deal with all the above except for stereochemical outcomes. This book covers nucleophilic substitution (Sn1, Sn2, Sn1b), polar addition and elimination reaction, carbocation and cabanion chemistry, and finally an introduction of reactions of carbonyl compounds without emphasizing on the stereochemical outcomes. The book provides an abundance of reaction examples organized in schemes. It makes studying very effective and helpful. The coverage on factors affecting nucleophilic reactions (leaving group ability, steric strain, substitutent effect, solvent, neighboring group participation) is excellent, so much better than most titles currently available.
The book concludes with sections on aromaticity, aromatic substitution, concerted reactions, and free-radical reaction. The section on aromatic substitution covers structure-reactivity relationships and specific reactions such as nitration, halogenation, Friedel-Crafts, diazonium coupling and addition-elimination. The section on cncerted reactions are basic meant to give a taste of these reactions. A more detailed account of these reactions will be found in Part B. Overall Carey and Sundberg is not an easy book to read. It assumes a basic knowledge of an introductory organic chemistry course. Advanced undergraduates and graduate students will welcome this new edition and the depth of materials covered.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars should be in every chemistry grad students private library, April 22, 2000
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Neil Brown (Manhattan, Kansas, USA) - See all my reviews
An extremely useful text for courses involving organic chemistry at graduate level and an excellent reference text, it is much better than many other similar texts on the market. Probably most useful for the study of physical organic chemistry and studying for cumulative exams in the graduate chemistry program. This is probably the only such text you would need for mechanism determination problems. This text also has many example problems to work through which chemistry students would find the most useful.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book, a must have, August 16, 2001
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Carlos Valdez (Castro Valley, CA United States) - See all my reviews
This book is outstanding in explaining the kinetic/mechanistic aspect of reactions and the study of mechanisms in organic as well as in inorganic chemistry (catalysis). It starts out with a nice introduction of the relevant concepts (i.e. MO theory, PMO theory and Quantum Mechanics-not rigourously) specially designed for organic chemists and students who do not have/need a very intricate mathematical background, with the overall achievement of making it a really easy book to read and understand. Definitely, this book and Part B of it are a must have for any chemist!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Poorly written text., October 26, 2009
This review is from: Advanced Organic Chemistry, Part A: Structure and Mechanisms (Paperback)
Carey and Sundberg Adv. Organic Chemistry is not a very effective book for learning Organic chemistry; explanations are often convoluted, poorly explained, and done in an unnecessarily roundabout fashion. Rather than present a basic concept and support it with various examples, the authors tend to simply present examples and expect the reader to understand different concepts by looking at examples, without properly explaining them. The authors also manage to divide the book into unmanageably large chapters, sections and subsections, yet still only managing to barely explain the concepts. Moreover, the problems at the end of each chapter frequently contain errors, and are often outdated. (Recently I encountered a problem which required the identification of the structure of a compound using, in part, NMR data. However, the paper referenced was from the 1960's, when NMR was not nearly as precise (i.e. peaks on a substituted aromatic ring would not be distinguishable). Ansyln and Dougherty is a preferable text.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Update of a Classic, November 11, 2003
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This is an update on a classic text that has been used by many graduate and advanced undergraduate students. The core of the book is still an excellent survey of older literature and of enormous use to students. There are also many excellent problems. Unfortunately, there is not as much new material or references in some sections. I found I had to frequently supplement the text with current readings. The use of modern theory is especially lacking.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good stuff, no solutions manual, February 27, 2009
This review is from: Advanced Organic Chemistry, Part A: Structure and Mechanisms (Paperback)
Currently using this book for a graduate class in organic chemistry, and I've got to say, it's very good. It's a little dense, but I plan to use it for reference after this class anyway. There is, unfortunately, no solutions manual available for student purchase, but the professor was kind enough to get the solutions manual and copy it for everyone (this is why I gave this book 4 instead of 5 stars). A very nice little addition in this revision: computational chemistry has been integrated into the text, and DFT, MD, etc. calculations are not explained, but mentioned with suggested uses.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dr. Carey serves up a smash hit!!, March 1, 2008
Everyone in the world of organic chemistry knows of Dr. Carey and the great author and chemist he is. Hardly anyone could compare with the way he slides from subject to subject, explaining in detail and ease subjects that can be rather difficult to grasp. However, his method, because of his complete understanding of the subject matter is amazing. Often I wish I had had him for an instructor for at least one course in organic or any other for that matter. It is his ability to break down difficult concepts, and introduce them in logical and orderly fashion as to make that same difficult concept... much more easy to understand. If you are thinking about graduate school, or even want to make better grades in your soph-jr 2 semester organic chem class, use this book. It will help you understand some of the topics your "quick course" book leaves out! I cannot recommend this book high enough. guyairey
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great reference on latest theories, May 11, 2009
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This review is from: Advanced Organic Chemistry, Part A: Structure and Mechanisms (Paperback)
This book is an excellent reference on the latest developments in the theory and practice of synthetic and physical organic chemistry. As someone who did their graduate work more than 40 years ago, I found it to be a very good source of material for refreshing my knowledge of the subject.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Book for Graduate studies, July 13, 2001
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Abra E Birchall (Manhattan, KS United States) - See all my reviews
I used this book for Physical Organic Chemistry. The chapters are well written and inspire thought. The problem sets are long and have a great variety of problems to work out, but I suggest that you look up the references to many of them. There were a few minor errors in the editing. I recommend this book to everyone studying Organic Chemistry...a must have book.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Complete Organic Chemistry, June 30, 2000
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This book of two volumes covers the core of Organic Chemistry including stero chemistry, standard reactions, reaction mechanisms in porper depth. if one can have two books for organic chemistry, then this is it. the reader may branch out into the relevant topics in depth like Carpenter( for synthesis), Lowry/Richardson(for steroChem & mechanisms) etc. This is, without a trace of doubt, one of the finest in Organic Chemistry. Two thumbs up !
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Advanced Organic Chemistry, Part A: Structure and Mechanisms by Francis A. Carey (Paperback - May 27, 2008)
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