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Organic Chemistry II as a Second Language: Second Semester Topics [Paperback]

David R. Klein
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October 1, 2005 0471738085 978-0471738084 2nd
Building on the resounding success of the first volume (0-471-27235-3), Organic Chemistry as a Second Language, Volume 2 provides readers with clear, easy-to-understand explanations of fundamental principles. It explores the critical concepts while also examining why they are relevant. The core content is presented within the framework of predicting products, proposing mechanisms, and solving synthesis problems. Readers will fine-tune the key skills involved in solving those types of problems with the help of interactive, step-by-step instructions and problems.

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A dream book for students of organic chemistry. (Reviews, June 2008)

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Get a better grade in your second semester of Organic Chemistry

Students raved about Klein’s best-selling first book, Organic Chemistry as a Second Language––and for good reason. Finally, here was a text that put this challenging course into clear, easy-to-understand language.

Now in Organic Chemistry II as a Second Language™: Second Semester Topics, Klein’s much-anticipated follow-up for the second semester of Organic Chemistry, he continues to present fundamental principles and problem-solving strategies to help you get a better grade in your course.

Here’s how Organic Chemistry II as a Second Language™ will help you get a better grade:

Master the language of Organic Chemistry
Klein’s first book helped thousands of students tackle molecules, the nouns in organic chemistry. Now, he takes his popular approach to the next step, and focuses on mechanisms––the verbs in the language of organic chemistry.

Study more efficiently and effectively
Don’t waste time engaging in rote memorization. Organic Chemistry II as a Second Language™ helps you understand the fundamental principles and themes of mechanisms, so you can predict reactions––even ones that you have never seen before.

Build your problem-solving skills
Organic Chemistry II as a Second Language™ focuses on the crucial problem-solving skills that you need to succeed in your second semester of Organic Chemistry. The text helps you solve three very important types of problems: proposing a mechanism, predicting products, and proposing a synthesis.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 2nd edition (October 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471738085
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471738084
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,107 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

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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48 of 48 people found the following review helpful
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I ordered this book after reading Mr. Klein's first Organic Chemistry as a Second Language book and was immediately content with my purchase upon arrival. This book clearly explains how to approach countless types of Organic Chemistry II problems and was a much more effective tool than stumbling through my textbook or messy lecture notes. If you work through the numerous example problems within each chapter, this book is the perfect supplement for any Orgo class. The best part is that you don't really have to work hard to memorize a list of reactions; this book shows you how to approach novel problems and understand why the reactions take place.

I highly recommend this product to anyone who is taking an Organic Chemistry course or preparing for the MCAT.

Edit: a few years later
I am currently a medical student, and I just wanted to go back to this review and reiterate how important this book was to my success in organic chemistry in college and on the MCAT. Please use this book as a necessary supplement for being an organic chemistry master!
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The only way to understand O-Chem II March 18, 2006
This is the only reason I am getting an A in my second semester of organic chemistry. The lectures are okay, but the book simplifies the message and clearly explains the mechanisms and whats needed to understand them, not just memorization. Great buy.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not a textbook replacement. May 9, 2007
By Heather
I just finished my Organic Chemistry course. This book was a huge help, especially since all of the reactions were geared towards synthesis - the most challenging material of the whole year.

What it covered, it covered very well, BUT there was a LOT in my course that wasn't in this book. If you're looking for a great way to learn the basic concepts before you tackle your textbook, this is the book for you. But if your class doesn't have a textbook, or you're looking for a more condensed (and easier to read)version of your textbook, this isn't it. It's a good way to learn the basics, but don't expect it to get you through your class.

I'd recommend Organic Chemistry Demystified if you want a textbook replacement. There was only one reaction in my entire year of class that wasn't in that book, but it didn't break things down as well as Organic Chemistry as a Second Language.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's so good it hurts......... August 11, 2009
By Cloud
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----- READ FIRST ------
If you are taking the class, or planning to take the class, I think you will be better off reading from THIS BOOK as the PRIMARY resource, and your TEXTBOOK as your SECONDARY resource.

I took my second semester of Organic Chemistry last semester, but didn't get such good grades. I was distraught at my poor performance that I just HAD to learn myself the subject again, especially because my major was so grounded on science. During class, we would learn mechanisms after mechanisms, but all I could do (possibly due to my laziness to study very deeply) was to memorize reactions after reactions.

This was my mistake. There was a limit to how much I could memorize without grasping the fundamentals of why reactions take place. During class, we would be taught about mechanisms of the reactions, but it was my fault for not paying much attention to those. Big mistake. That is definitely a big no-no in Orgo II unless you have the perfect memory that would allow you to easily memorize all reactions that you are supposed to know.

But after I purchased this book, I found myself paying much attention to the mechanisms, and trust me, it was so much more interesting than just memorizing reagents, catalysts here and there, and products.

This book is so organized, and presents the mechanisms of reactions so thoroughly and in a fun way. I'm considering retaking Orgo II, now that I have a much much much deeper understanding of Organic Chemistry, and thus I'm confident I will get an A if I do so. This is because I learned that organic chemistry is much more fun when you can UNDERSTAND.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Nothing on Spectroscopy February 27, 2011
By K. Lee
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This book is good on the topics it covers but it doesn't have anything on mass spectroscopy, infrared spectroscopy, or nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy. Any guide to second semester organic chemistry should have all of those topics and I am perplexed as to why they were left out.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars buy this! July 16, 2006
this book was really helps you understand the underlying concepts and details of the second semester of organic chem.

definitely helped me pass the class!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Where are the reactions? February 23, 2011
By J. Hale
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If you haven't taken Ochem II yet, I'll tell you right now, it's about 90% reactions from this point on. We've had two tests so far, and both were essentially asking mechanisms of reactions, predicted products, etc.

What this books covers, it explains well. However, it only has a few reactions in it. I can't believe how many are skipped over in this book, as it seems like it should be the core of the information covered.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Supplement for Organic Chemistry April 27, 2008
I have both the Organic Chemistry as a Second Language, and the Second Semester topics addition. I find both very useful tools for understanding OCHEM. The first semester book has useful nomenclature section, which is not covered at all in the second addition. I think a nomenclature section for the benzene section, and to show how Carboxylic Acid and other carbonyls are named and numbered would be helpful practice, although some of it may be review. However, the explanations for benzene ring mechanisms and modificaton is indispensable. This series of books are only supplements, and cannot replace the text, or lecture because there are topics not covered in the "language" books, and some reactions that are included in the Second Semester book may not be required in a specific course. You can not go wrong by investing in these books and working the practice problems.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Wouldn't recommend
SOME topics are well explained while others are ignored. I do understand that you should read the book. Read more
Published 13 days ago by M. Arredondo
4.0 out of 5 stars review
The book has great potential, the sources are very relevant as a read, I would most likely recommend this book as good reference materials.
Published 27 days ago by Deborah
5.0 out of 5 stars If you need supplemental reading for Organic, look no farther
This book really brings home the organic chemistry material, and will help you get a better grade in the class guaranteed. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Bruce F. Lester Jr.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book!
This really helped my grade! I don't know what I would have done if I hadn't seen this book recommended by my professor.
Published 2 months ago by bookie
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent but not everything
I find these books-the first and the second-very adequate, but not nearly as sensational as some people have claimed they are.
Published 3 months ago by withered wombat
4.0 out of 5 stars Used as a supplimental source for class
I really liked this book. It helped me around some issues I had with some concepts and reactions. I'd get the OChem 1 to go with it too.
Published 3 months ago by J. Maben
3.0 out of 5 stars Get the newer edition!
Usually textbooks cover the same information from edition to edition, but this study guide is not one of them. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Tina L.
5.0 out of 5 stars good book
kept in good condition and after finishing with my semester may be able to reuse by other readers if not much damaged.
Published 6 months ago by rasheed awan
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book!
I teach chemistry. This is a great book for students and teachers looking for some easy to read explanations and practice problems. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Zz Norton
4.0 out of 5 stars helped me pass
this book was recommended by the professor. it was helpful. i think the class was easier because i had this book to reference.
Published 7 months ago by jcd
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