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Organic Chemistry As a Second Language, 3e: First Semester Topics Paperback – July 12, 2011

ISBN-13: 978-1118010402 ISBN-10: 111801040X

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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons (July 12, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 111801040X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118010402
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.3 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (158 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #781 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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David Klein is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Chemistry at The Johns Hopkins University where he has taught organic chemistry since 1999. Having worked with thousands of students, he has intense first-hand knowledge of how they learn and the difficulties they encounter. He received his bachelor's degree in chemistry from The Johns Hopkins University and his PhD from the University of California at Los Angeles under the supervision of Professor
Orville Chapman. Motivated by his experiences teaching organic chemistry as a graduate student at UCLA, David wrote Organic Chemistry as a Second Language (John Wiley & Sons, 2004, updated 2nd edition published in 2008), which has become a highly valued student study resource. David has received numerous teaching awards at both UCLA and Johns Hopkins for his unique, skill-building approach to organic chemistry instruction. David is married, with five children, and enjoys skiing, scuba-diving, and Tae Kwon Do.

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I would highly recommend this book for anyone in an organic chemistry course.
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This book is concise, clear and to the point, explaining the most complicated concepts in the most understandable way possible.
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69 of 69 people found the following review helpful By Sandy on September 7, 2011
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I made A's in both general chemistry classes, but I was terrified of Organic Chemistry because I was told so many times that it is a very difficult class. You must learn the material as you go because each new topic adds to the last. For me, just memorizing the material doesn't work. If I can't understand it, I can't memorize it! I am an older, non-traditional student and I have found this book to be a sanity saver! I use this book first to understand the material, then my textbook second. The information is complete and is easily understood. The pressure seems to be on authors to create a textbook that adds mystery to the subject and weighs no less than 20 pounds - full of superfluous information. This fits in my purse and I can study even a few pages at a time when I have a few minutes. The exercises are appropriate to practice what I am given as textbook assignment questions. I started in the summer before class began and worked my way through the first 5 chapters. What a relief to get to class and actually understand the material we are discussing. I love this book! It has me hooked on organic chemistry - and I understand it!! It is so worth the price!! I certainly plan on ordering the Klein second semester topics as well.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By chemtopharm on August 15, 2011
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I wish I would've had this book when I took Organic in undergrad! The focus is more on learning WHY things happen the way they do in chemistry, rather than simply forcing you to memorize and regurgitate mechanisms. I picked this and the second semester book up to prepare for the PCAT and they've been a great review. Highly recommended!
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30 of 35 people found the following review helpful By blindrobert on December 9, 2011
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I heard a lot of scary things going into my first semester of organic chemistry, so I figured I could use all the help I could get. The good news is that organic chemistry isn't as hard as everyone tells you, but you do have to do the work, it REALLY helps to have a good professor, and it SERIOUSLY helps to get this book and read it alongside your text. Often a concept in the text would be so bogged down in unfamiliar words and concepts that I couldn't wrap my head around it 100% - that's when I turned to the Klein book. Concepts are broken down into easy to understand steps and explained in plain English, and there are lots of mini exercises for each of the concepts.

I am going into the final with a 95/100 average in a class where the demarcation line for an A is often in the low 80's. I had to do a lot of work to get those grades, but it was made easier with the Klein book. Get it and use it - you will be glad you did.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful By chelseajmaher on May 21, 2012
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THANK YOU DAVID KLEIN! I just took Organic Chemistry I this spring semester. I was failing my class with a 60 something. I received this book two weeks before my comprehensive final and made a B on it, therefore a B in the class (that's how my professor graded his class). Needless to say, this book was a LIFESAVER! This book is small, easily lies open, pages aren't too glossy (making pencil marks easy to erase), answers to every question in the back. My text book is also by David Klein, but I just couldn't get the material down reading from the text book. {This book takes every little thing step by step and has you practice each skill before you move on} (my kind of learning!). In roughly 10 days with this book I read every page and did every exercise until the last two chapters, which I skimmed and focused more time on the exercises. I wish I would have discovered this book before my first exam, because I know I would've been able to earn an A in the class. IF YOU ARE LOOKING AT THIS BOOK, GO AHEAD AND BUY IT! YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED!
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful By kanjsays on December 14, 2011
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I am a postbacc pre-med student with a flawless GPA (prior to Orgo that is)... I began taking the course, thinking "How bad can this be?". Well, it got really ugly. I failed my first two exams, and my average dropped to a "C-", with perfect scores on my homework assignments. Thinking that it was all over, and that I'd have to retake the course again, I figured I could kiss med school and my future goodbye.

...And that's when I browsed Amazon. I found the previous version of this book, with rave reviews... I thought, "Why not give it a shot...? I have nothing left to lose at this point." I bought this current edition, read it cover-to-cover (doing the supplied problems along the way), and looked at my course materials again... Somehow all of it made sense!

I did extremely well on my third exam (received the highest grade in my class), and the ACS final (I'll update class statistics once/if I find out). I haven't received my final grade yet, but it looks like it's going to be around a "B/B+". I couldn't have done it without this book! I just wish I had found it earlier, so that I could have done well from the beginning, and finished with an "A"... Luckily, Professor Klein wrote an Orgo 2 book as well, so I know I can get an early start next semester.

Professor Klein's books are like training wheels for Orgo. Sure, you can learn to ride a bike without training wheels... But at the end of the day, getting a bad grade in Orgo (which subsequently brings your entire science GPA down) is much more painful than a few scrapes and bruises. This book teaches you HOW to study for Orgo (efficiently), and I think most people will realize that they were doing it all wrong.

I normally don't write reviews, and I purchase things on Amazon all the time. Take it for what it's worth, and buy this book!
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