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Before you buy a used copy...
on November 13, 2011
The textbook is OK. My instructor disagrees with it quite often, so it's not a bible for the class I'm taking, which is kind of a bummer. But it's an OK chem textbook.
The real problem with it is WileyPlus, which is crap. I got a used textbook, so it didn't come with a WileyPlus code, so I had to buy it separately. It was $95. (!!) It gives me access to an electronic version of the textbook and homework problems. The homework in there is totally impossible--drawing molecules with their program is guaranteed to frustrate me, and I spend way more time trying to learn the stupid thing than actually learning organic chemistry. Also, the textbook is in frames (Frames!), so I cannot read it on my iPad because half of the text is off in outer space. WileyPlus is just plain awful.
So, before buying a used copy of the textbook, find out if your instructor is going to require WileyPlus and then figure out which is more economical because a bunch of people in my class ended up spending way more than they needed to when they got the used book and then had to buy the WileyPlus separately.