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Organic Chemistry and CW+ GradeTracker Access Card Package, 6th Edition 6th Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0131699571
ISBN-10: 0131699571
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  • Hardcover: 1328 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall; 6 edition (March 24, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0131699571
  • ISBN-13: 978-0131699571
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 1.8 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,389,150 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Now I do BMedSc which means I dont have all the time nor the patience to study loathsome texts that are both pedantic and verbose. I am majoring in three streams of chemistry each valid in its own right (Organic synthesis, Biochemical pathways, Analytical/Physical chemistry). So basically I have limited cash to through around buying books and at that have limited time to study the books I get. There is only so much a person can ingest academically without obliterating their sanity and social life. Wade has made life easy for me because it censors itself from all the crap that you really dont want to face in Organic chemistry and saves them for the later chapters. By then you would have established yourself from the earlier chapters and will find it easier to tackle reactions, reaction mechanisms, molecular protocols and this nonsense they call spectroscopy.

The ups of this book are:

It isnt too introductory or too complex so it teaches you all that you need and also will serve as a reference later on.

It has a fine balance of complex problems and explanations to back everything up.

It has appropriate graphics and very well summarized at the end of chapters.

I personally suggest that March's Advanced Organic chemistry is a pretty good buy along side this book. That way you dont have a large bulky text you have to carry all the time. You can consult either of the two depending on what it is you are looking for. Now if you want to really save money are too tight then get Organic Chemistry by Nick Greeves et al is pretty good a book, cheap and well done overall; very robust. But I have my standing with this. I personally own three organic text series that I covet:

This, obviously.

March's Advanced Organic chemistry.
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So I must admit that this is the book my favorite professor in college used. I also must admit that my favorite professor in college was Skip Wade the author. That said, this is a *very* good book if you're looking to understand the concepts behind orgo. Yes, there's memorizing (for goodness sakes, make flashcards! You can't get around this!). Yes, it's a pain. Yes, you'll find yourself doing 'back attacks' in your sleep. But in the end, this book will beat into you the intuition necessary to continue on in chemistry. And, as an added bonus, Wade throws in some little jokes to give you relief during those all night study sessions. Ah, memories...

-- a current chemistry graduate student (with Wade still on my desk)
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Wade's Organic Chemistry is becoming a classic introductory text, and with good reason. For its target audience of second-year undergraduates (with no background in organic chemistry whatsoever), this text is an invaluable resource to help get through a notoriously difficult subject. Throughout the text, Wade emphasizes certain principles to guide students' thought processes, helping them see what a truly and surprisingly logical subject organic chemistry really is.

The organization of the text is largely by functional group; occasionally, functional groups are split into one synthesis chapter and one reactions chapter. There are also chapters on spectrometry and spectroscopy (Mass, IR, NMR, UV-Vis) as well as a few very important concepts in organic chemistry (stereochemistry, substitution and elimination, aromaticity).

Wade's pedagogy focuses on reaction mechanisms, and this is key to establishing patterns in students' minds so they can predict the outcome of a wide variety of organic reactions. Arrow-pushing diagrams are really the heart of organic chemistry, and in this text, there are hundreds, all very clear and instructive. Wade is also wise not to burden first-year students with too much organometallic chemistry; a rigorous understanding of Grignard and organolithium reagents, as well as various inorganic catalysts, is beyond the scope of an introductory text. Wade focuses on the organic aspects, and there's absolutely nothing wrong with that. Colored electrostatic potential maps are extremely useful for beginning students learning to predict reactive sites; various three-dimensional models are helpful for visualizing reaction stereochemistry, a crucially important topic.
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Based on a review from another amazon buyer, I went and purchased this 6th edition chemistry book. The reviewer stated that his professor said any organic chemistry book that were of previous editions would work for the class. This was all I needed to know, since the organic chemistry book by the same author in the 8th edition is extremely expensive (equivalent to the price of an in-state college 3 credit course). I bought this book and it's nearly identical to the 7th & 8th edition with the exception of different compounds (for certain problems) used to explain the same concept. Other students said that you could buy the international 8th edition version instead (identical to the US 8th edition version) for fifty dollars or so. I didn't get that bit of information until a couple of weeks into class but it didn't matter because it practically is the same book. So, if you're debating on whether or not to purchase an older book by the same author for your organic chemistry class that requires this book, don't hesitate to buy it! Save your money, go have a nice dinner with some friends, apply for more college credits, or buy other books you need instead.
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