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ISBN-13: 978-0321663139 ISBN-10: 0321663136 Edition: 6th

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Paula Yurkanis Bruice was raised primarily in Massachusetts, Germany, and Switzerland and was graduated from the Girls' Latin School in Boston. She received an A.B. from Mount Holyoke College and a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Virginia. She received an NIH postdoctoral fellowship for study in biochemistry at the University of Virginia Medical School, and she held a postdoctoral appointment in the Department of Pharmacology at Yale Medical School.

 

She is a member of the faculty at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where she has received the Associated Students Teacher of the Year Award, the Academic Senate Distinguished Teaching Award, and two Mortar Board Professor of the Year Awards. Her research interests concern the mechanism and catalysis of organic reactions, particularly those of biological significance. Paula has a daughter and a son who are physicians and a son who is a lawyer. Her main hobbies are reading mystery/suspense novels and her pets (three dogs, two cats, and a parrot).

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  • Hardcover: 1440 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall; 6 edition (January 13, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321663136
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321663139
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 1.9 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By bio_student on January 27, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This book has helped me master the material of organic chemistry. It was very easy to read, the organization was awesome, and instead of asking you to memorize reactions, it explained them! This books also has a solution manual where EVERY QUESTION FROM EACH CHAPTER is answered, with comments and mechanisms showing you how they got to the solution. The author has obviously put in a lot of effort for this book and I am incredibly grateful. A++ (P.S. The book I own is the sixth edition).
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ochem student on December 15, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This textbook is so good. It has a really good way of explaining concepts and is easier to understand than any chemistry textbook I've ever had. It is the reason that I got such a good grade in Orgo this semester! Great ways of explaining how to tell the differences between R and S, Hoffman elimination and how electronegativity is the reason for everything. Also- love the funny pictures of famous chemists on the side. And just when your about to die from studying in the library for ten hours, there will be a random section about how chocolate is a possible health food because of the organic compound and antioxidant catechins.
If it wasn't obvious, I am up late studying for my final tomorrow and feeling really thankful for this book.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Lara on February 21, 2012
Format: Hardcover
...especially if you were raised on Wade.

It has been a battle for me to teach Organic Chemistry from this textbook. Chapter 10 is a jumbled mess. Too many topics are broken up in ways that leave many sane people confused. I feel bad for my students because I have to constantly explain why we introduced this topic 5 weeks ago and now we're coming back to it now. And how do you teach organometallic reagents without even mentioning addition to carbonyl compounds, rather saving them for 5 chapters later?

Chapters 17 and 18 are also very confusing. Chapter 17 introduces some reactions of carboxylic acid derivatives, which one would expect would cover all addition reactions. No, it covers "weak nucleophiles" only. So, does that mean Chapter 18 is going to focus on strong nucleophiles? No. Ch 18 discusses more addition reactions of ALL carbonyl compounds with organometallic and hydride reagents, finally; but also acetal and imine formation (weak nucleophiles again!). I can see students getting confused about whether one can form an acetal with an ester (!).

If you're considering adopting a new textbook for your department, go for Carey or Wade, which have much better organization.

I'm not even going to go into too much detail about the plethora of errors (some egregious) in this edition (6th edition) and in the solutions manual. These errors are obvious to me (and to some of my top students) but I can only imagine the agony that other students go through studying from this book. It's so sad that students have to pay so much for a textbook full of errors. How are they supposed to gain confidence?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By chemstudent on June 18, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I actually had the pleasure of having Paula Bruice as my Organic Chem professor for most of this year, and her class was taught almost straight from her book, which was a very good thing. Studying for tests was a breeze as in most chapters she sums up all the reactions you need to know very concisely, and if you're still unsure of something, then you can always go back and read about it in the text, where she writes in plain English, but is sure to cover all of the details.

I had another O Chem professor later in the year who did not go off of the book as strictly as Bruice did, but whenever I was confused on a topic it was easy to just go back, read about it and study off of what was written in the book and I managed to pull straight A's in O Chem. If this text is your required reading then you're in good hands, and even if it isn't, I'd recommend buying a cheap used copy just to supplement your lectures or other readings.

I'm definitely keeping my copy until I'm done with the MCAT as this book makes everything clear and concise.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Nick H on February 13, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Throughout the book, Ms. Bruice avoids drawing out the full conformers by drawing cyclohexane and constituents going off but she never actually shows how those constituents are oriented. In the accompanying study guide, the drawn bonds are often not parallel. In the section in chpt 2 explaining which hydrogens are equatorial vs axial, she offers an incomplete explanation of which bonds actually point down and which point up which sets up students to fail at drawing correctly when they get to problems involving cis and trans.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ephraim A. Gonzalez on February 1, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This is the book that I used during my two-semester Organic Chemistry sequence and it proved invaluable. Organic Chemistry is a difficult topic for most people to grasp but Bruice makes this substantially easier. There are plenty of explanations and mechanisms for everyone reading it to comprehend. I am currently in Biochemistry and I often refer to this book to review mechanisms of certain reactions. Along the way, you'll notice that Bruice has included boxes that relate the organic chemistry reactions to the real world which makes the material more palatable. This is a book that will definitely be worth keeping if one plans to continue on, in say biochemistry or even pharmaceuticals. Additionally, this book is more than adequate in preparing for the organic chemistry seen on the MCAT.
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