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Organic Chemistry As a Second Language: Second Semester Topics [Paperback]

David R. Klein
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November 15, 2011 1118144341 978-1118144343 3
Readers continue to turn to Klein because it enables them to better understand fundamental principles, solve problems, and focus on what they need to know to succeed. The third edition explores the major principles in the field and explains why they are relevant. It is written in a way that clearly shows the patterns in organic chemistry so that readers can gain a deeper conceptual understanding of the material. Topics are presented clearly in an accessible writing style along with numerous of hands-on problem solving exercises.

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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 3 edition (November 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118144341
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118144343
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,443 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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44 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GET THIS BOOK! March 12, 2012
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I wrote a similar review for Klein's Organic Chemistry As a Second Language First Semester Topics. I am a pre-med major, who loves science. If someone tries to tell you that Organic Chemistry "wasn't that bad", they're either lying or you need to keep them close because for the majority of people - organic chem is a necessary evil that is pretty painful to get through without destroying your GPA.

Tips for doing well in Organic Chemistry:

1) Professor shop. Don't take any available class, you'll regret taking the professor that barely gives anyone above a C even though it seems like his entire class does nothing but study. Orgo is hard enough without having THAT professor.

2) Take it with a friend, or make one. You'll need a study buddy who hopefully understands the things you don't and vice versa.

3) BUY THIS BOOK. I'll assume you made it through first semester, and probably with the help of Klein's first semester topic book. Use this to supplement your text, review key concepts and help things make sense. It is really well laid out and in plain speak, and includes a ton of small exercises to ensure you're really getting it.

4) Kahn Academy dot com

5) Breathe.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
By Sandy
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I am an older non-traditional student launching myself through a second degree - Cell Biology and Biotechnology. I have heard so much negative press about Organic Chemistry that I was petrified. Turns out I love Organic Chemistry! I found Dr. Klein's "Organic Chemistry as a Second Language, First Semester Topics", 3rd edition, before I started orgo in the Fall. It has been a life saver - 94 on my mid-term - and I only ran into trouble when I discovered that the first semester topics we were covering were not all in that book!

I went ahead and pre-ordered the "Organic Chemistry as a Second Language, Second Semester Topics"! Glad I sat down and looked at it! All the topics I was missing in the first book are actually in this one. So, my school simply has topics arranged differently than these books do! (We're jumping around in a textbook.) May be the case for you as well! It is well worth the cost to buy both of them BEFORE you start orgo. I was through many chapters before class even started and I found that it was a great help to know where we were going and to have a background in the material before class even started! Dr. Klein's explanations are simple and progress logically, as do the problems. Fortunately, I ordered the second semester topics before the final exam for first semster. I will be able to take some holiday time and review all my first semester topics, (including the ones I thought were missing)in Dr. Klein's books.

Do yourself a huge favor! Get a head start by letting Dr. Klein help you by using these two small books! I would love it if these were the text books for our class! Thank you, Dr. Klein!!!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars good for the big picture March 2, 2013
I've used both of the first semester and second semester book. These books will serve you well if you are totally lost in ochem or if you have an upcoming midterm and need to do some last minute cramming. The previous statement is only true if you are at a school where organic chemistry is geared more towards a general audience. Klein's books might also be useful for a quick review. However, I do not believe you will learn ochem well with these books. If you are at a school that takes organic chemistry very seriously, these books will not cut it as the problems in this book are too easy. Furthermore, it is lacking in retrosynthetic analysis and fails to address the stereochemistry aspect of the reactions.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Cut to the chase, I got an A in both 1st and 2nd semester organic chemistry. Am I smart? No..All I did was to read David Klein's 2nd language book and then go through lecture notes to see if I miss any reaction/mechanism.
I barely touched my thick textbook unless I need to figure out specific question types my professor wanted us to understand.
If there is only one reason I received an A, it is because of this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect outline of the material... Excellent book January 11, 2013
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I used the first semester topics to pass my organic chemistry class with an A. So clearly, I bought this one for the second part of the organic chemistry series. I love how Klein clearly outlines each mechanism and why we use it. I stopped using my assigned textbook and just bring this handy book with me. This is by far the best purchase for school that I have ever had. I only wish Klein outlines other chemistry classes like physical chemistry and biochemistry. I would recommend this to anyone taking any kind of organic chemistry series.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Check Your Syllabus First, And This Book's Contents June 29, 2013
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If possible, check the syllabus for your second semester Ochem course before investing in this book. After the first few weeks of class, the material in this book started to deviate from what we were covering. We spent a lot of time covering the Diel's Alder Reaction but this book only covered it passingly. It did explain electron donating and withdrawing substituent effects very well though. All the relevant material in the book was useful.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great companion to your text book March 1, 2012
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This book is not a text book but is a great companion. Given the difficulty of Organic Chemistry, this book explains things in easy to understand terms.

Keep in mind that this is a follow-up to Organic Chemistry I As a Second Language: First Semester Topics which was also excellent.

With this book, I would expect to get a better grades because topics in class are more clearly explained. I highly recommend this series of books.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A must-have for any student studying organic chemistry.
This book (as well as the 1st semester book) was a lifesaver. Not enough time to read an entire book chapter before class? Read this book. Read more
Published 15 days ago by Mel-Belle
5.0 out of 5 stars A solid study guide
He does a great job on tailoring the review questions to what the section just covered. And his overall flow from chapter to chapter didn't feel too fast, nor did he diverge from... Read more
Published 17 days ago by Mark Sturzbecher
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as great as the first one
I hardly use this book as much as I used the first one. This didn't prepare me for my class as much as I had expected.
Published 25 days ago by Faith
5.0 out of 5 stars Great supplement in addition to textbook
This book made a great addition to the textbook we used in class. The topics are broken down in a way that make them easy to understand. Read more
Published 1 month ago by shstric
5.0 out of 5 stars Daughter used it to help get through Orgo
Obviously worked, she got an A! Seriously, provides a different perspective and so helps fill the gaps that invariably happen with professors lectures and the labs.
Published 1 month ago by Christian J. Schwindt
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy and start reading early!
For anyone taking an organic chemistry class, this book is really helpful. It explains concepts so you can understand it, and piece-wise has you apply it in the exercises... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Anne H Beck
4.0 out of 5 stars Helpful
This book was nice to have to give some extra practice problems and acted as a supplement to my text book.
arrived quickly and in good shape.
Published 2 months ago by Natasha Ford
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful compliment!
I am loving this book! I'm finally starting to get into the challenging parts of Ochem 2 and this book has been a life saver.
Published 4 months ago by Latinalonestar
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book, but missing some subjects
Still a great book just like the first semester topics version. However, it didn't fit my curriculum as well as the first book. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Why didnt I get this before??
All the questions that run through my head when I read my regular textbook are answered in this book. I love it
Published 4 months ago by trask_gurl
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