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Organic Chemistry [Hardcover]

Janice Gorzynski Smith
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January 8, 2010 0077354729 978-0077354725 3rd
Serious Science with an Approach Built for Today’s Students

Smith's Organic Chemistry continues to breathe new life into the organic chemistry world. This new third edition retains its popular delivery of organic chemistry content in a student-friendly format. Janice Smith draws on her extensive teaching background to deliver organic chemistry in a way in which students learn: with limited use of text paragraphs, and through concisely written bulleted lists and highly detailed, well-labeled “teaching” illustrations. Don’t make your text decision without seeing Organic Chemistry, 3rd edition by Janice Gorzynski Smith!

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 1178 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 3rd edition (January 8, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0077354729
  • ISBN-13: 978-0077354725
  • Product Dimensions: 1.8 x 9.1 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,664 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Really good, with some flaws December 17, 2011
I have the 2nd edition of this book. First of all, this book is extremely well written and has a lot of visual help. It will explain ochem conceptually in a superb manner, HOWEVER. The practice problems are lacking. She does supply her notes in her solution manual, which is very helpful, but the problems are too easy. Condensed structures are used in problems even up to chapter 8, when really, it should all be line structures to be on par with problems on an actual test. No professor will baby you with condensed structures for mechanisms on a test. The book problems are catered more to give you the fundamentals, not actual challenges to prep you up for the test. I would highly recommend this book to UNDERSTAND ochem, and use Leroy Wades's to DO ochem. Leroy's unfortunately is not as well written, but the problems are very good. If these two writers could join forces, they would make the ultimate ochem book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By Shabula
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
As a student I find this text one of the best I have ever used. The easy to follow bulleted information format theme throughout the book is extremely helpful both in learning the material and studying for a test. Its beautiful cover, clean molecular graphics, and relevant aside images create a pleasant aesthetic that transfers to the material and enhances the learning process. Visualization is so important for organic chemistry and beautifully presented here. Chapter and page layouts make sense and are easy to follow as new subjects are presented. If you are a professor I would recommend you start using this text book to teach your O-Chem course, your students will benefit from it.

I needed to know Organic Chemistry by Janice Gorzynski Smith was THE book that was required for my class. Having the full cover image, author information, and ISBN displayed prominently saved me time, energy, and heartache.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well-structured but many explanations lacking July 23, 2011
By poofier
Let me start by saying that in most regards this organic chemistry text is head and shoulders above most of the hard science textbooks that I've encountered as a student. It is full of engaging colors and pictures, has a logical organization and flow, and generally avoids the "wall of text" pitfall that spelled the demise of every physics book I own. Prioritization of information is effectively accomplished through bolding and colored blockquotes, and though the use of these tools isn't 100% consistent throughout the text it's still very helpful when you're reviewing a chapter and don't want to read through every word.

Thanks to the reasons I described above, this textbook does an excellent job at communicating the "what's" and "how's" of organic chemistry, but what it frequently fails to capture are the "why's." It seems to cater toward students just memorizing each reaction mechanism rather than building a fluid understanding of what's going on. So unless you have a great professor who can fill in this gap, I would highly recommend getting Organic Chemistry I as a Second Language to supplement this text. The content coverage isn't identical but it's close, and it really hammers home the fundamentals of organic chemistry in a way that this textbook just doesn't.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice! February 19, 2012
By Kirk
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Gets me the info I need for my Organic Chemistry class. Helpful practice problems throughout the text. Elaborate images to support topics
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Barely enough information July 29, 2011
By A.P.
(*) Directions on "how to" explain chirality, name a molecule, etc. are fairly clear
(*) The actual text sticks to each chapter's topic.
(*) End of chapter summaries are quite helpful for remembering and reviewing reactions.

(*) No answers in the book (not even a handful for each chapter...must purchase accompanying answer manual for ANY homework explanation)
(*) The molecules just black and white, so if you don't already know "what" is moving "where" you might be a little lost with this book.
(*) It would have been nice to see larger sections in each chapter dedicated to the application of organic chemistry "in real life". I know there were a few, small sections, but those interesting tidbits kept it interesting and made it easy to relate to!

Overall: I've had a different textbook which I preferred more for organic chemistry, and this one didn't quite make the grade. It seemed to include barely enough information to cover a topic and then quickly move on. More depth would have made sense in some areas of the book which seemed skimmed over.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Book August 12, 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I took Organic Chemistry once before with a different book and it was full of useless information and facts. This book gets straight to the point in an easy and concise way. GET THE ANSWER BOOK! It provides tons of small problem solving things that you don't notice in the book. I have learned so much more from this book then before. Everyone says O-chem is the devil, but really, I've enjoyed learning the subject (again).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful book January 24, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
A wonderful book, well done. I read it in electronic form. Since I am not a chemist and interested in this science, then it is difficult with this, or compare. But I am sure of one thing: this is the most brilliant book on organic chemistry, these books I have not seen. A large number of high-quality, colorful comments. A very large number of tasks. Complete summary of the terms and the main results at the end of each chapter.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Required for class
Published 1 day ago by Brad
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
I love this textbook. It is by far the best science textbook I have ever used. It is extremely clear and lays out information in an easy to understand manner.
Published 3 months ago by Green
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Out There!
I used Smith's Organic Chemistry textbook for both of my Organic courses and it is by far the best textbook that I have used for undergrad. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Joe Chang
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Organic Chemistry Book
I'm a student at MIT and I bought this book as a supplement to my Organic Chemistry I class, and it was very helpful. Read more
Published 5 months ago by College Student
2.0 out of 5 stars Confusing, poorly worded, missing some key stuff
This is a poor textbook overall. The book is poorly written and lacks some key reactions, esp in the 2nd half. Buy chem as a 2nd language instead, much better! Read more
Published 6 months ago by Elizabeth Howard
5.0 out of 5 stars organic chemistry
The cover of the book was in really good shape as well as the inside. The book arrived on time and is very useful. I truly got my moneys worth.
Published 9 months ago by Evelyn Garcia
2.0 out of 5 stars No answers requires student manual
expensive overall, author puts out online practice quizzes for teachers to distribute however they are full of errors. Avoid. Bad layout in text.
Published 9 months ago by J. Pinter
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
I used this book every day during my Orgo I and II. If you read and work the problems in the book is an excellent book. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Diana
3.0 out of 5 stars Condition issues
The condition of this book was rated "good". At best I think it is "fair" condition with a bit of an odor. Looks like it has been wet.
Published 10 months ago by sweisbe800
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Organic Chem?
This book had very few if any errors. It does require that you purchase the solutions manual to get a better explanation of problems throughout the text. Read more
Published 11 months ago by firemedic110
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