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Microscale Organic Laboratory: With Multistep and Multiscale Syntheses 5th Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0471215028
ISBN-10: 0471215023
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 704 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 5 edition (January 12, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471215023
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471215028
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 1.1 x 11.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #51,354 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 3, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I have had some terrible professors, but I have NEVER had a book that was as insufficient and wholly undeveloped in its topic. Mayo et al. may know what they are doing in the laboratory, but they must know NOTHING of writing books to convey knowledge. Someone told me that this is the most widely used book for organic chemistry labs. If that is true, I hate to see the sad state of science in a few years when we start to see all the chemists it produces. Because of the overwhelming difficulty of the problems in this book, students are forced to concentrate on specific answers to the questions that are asked and not on the concepts overall. The result: for all the complexity and effort involved, the student learns NOTHING. The second half of the book outright states (in the intro to Chapter 7) that "the mechanisms ... are more involved and not generally developed at the introductory level." I am an undergraduate student whose second semester of organic chemistry lab far outstrips the two- semester academic textbook.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Ali Kadkhoda on April 30, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Chances are you are not buying this book for your home organic lab. You probably are buying this for a class. I feel sorry for you.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Benjamin Szweda on October 2, 2011
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I have had many lab books and this one is the worst. The layout is confusing. While in my experience my lab manuals have been in bullet, short paragraph form, this book was in a longer format. The procedure is not outlined in clear steps and I haven't gone through the entire book yet but in at least one case so far there was a critical part of the procedure left out of the book that my lab TA had to mention. There is also a poor flow of thoughts in the book. Each section requires you to go back and read pages earlier in the book in order to understand what the current lab exercise is about.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jack Mao on July 3, 2011
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Book came on time, which is the good part. Anything else ... not so hot. This book hardly explains anything. Doing all of the experiments felt nothing more than doing repetitive laboratory techniques over and over again. Didn't really learn anything ... sad.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bunny on March 7, 2012
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The previous reviewers are correct in pointing out that the organization of the book is almost random. Also correct is the statement that end of chapter questions are frequently too challenging for 2nd year students (why would a 1st semester ochem student know how to estimate NMR peaks???). And yeah, there are some glaring omissions in the procedures while way too many words used in most places.

I found it surprising that students had to go online to look up a 1 page supplement to the book on refractive index... why was that one page made an online topic? could not possibly have been that it didn't fit. The directions to find it were poor, it took me an hour to find it, and most of my classmates could not. If the author is going to publish that the information is to be found on line, at least give the freaking link so it can be found.

Annoyances aside, the information is good and helpful if you can slog through the information. Or find it.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Rudolph Tan on December 15, 2003
Format: Hardcover
This is my first semester organic chemistry course. Even though I have been using another book for laboratory "Organic Chemistry Lab [...] by Charles E., Jr. Bell", this book helped me to understand the concepts better (many times the instructor quized us on the reasoning behind an experiment which Bell does not mention).
Moreover, Bell's book is somewhat incomplete. For about 25% of the experiments that I performed, we used hand-outs because Bell's did not handle them correclty.
I think that "developing microscale techniques" section was really good to introduce you to the most important techniques that one must master (which Bell does not mention much either.) I think that this book is not as bad as the other reviewers think, at least, relatively not as bad as they might think.
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I have never hated reading an academic book more so than with this book. The authors should be ashamed of their work. I realize they are very intelligent, but they need to communicate that knowledge to those of us who weren't born geniuses. Reading this book for class has been one of my most painful experiences and so time consuming because you have to re-read everything multiple times. The glossary seems like an afterthought and many words that should be in there are not. The index also is lacking and incomplete. I am incredibly disappointed with this book. Professors,please do not pick this book for your classes! I would give it zero stars if possible.
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