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Organic Chemistry I as a Second Language: Translating the Basic Concepts [Paperback]

David M. Klein
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June 22, 2007 0470129298 978-0470129296 2nd
Get a Better Grade in Organic Chemistry

Organic Chemistry may be challenging, but that doesn't mean you can't get the grade you want. With David Klein's Organic Chemistry as a Second Language: Translating the Basic Concepts, you'll be able to better understand fundamental principles, solve problems, and focus on what you need to know to succeed.

Here's how you can get a better grade in Organic Chemistry:

Understand the Big Picture.
Organic Chemistry as a Second Language points out the major principles in Organic Chemistry and explains why they are relevant to the rest of the course. By putting these principles together, you'll have a coherent framework that will help you better understand your textbook.

Study More Efficiently and Effectively
Organic Chemistry as a Second Language provides time-saving study tips and a clear roadmap for your studies that will help you to focus your efforts.

Improve Your Problem-Solving Skills
Organic Chemistry as a Second Language will help you develop the skills you need to solve a variety of problem types-even unfamiliar ones!

Need Help in Your Second Semester?
Get Klein's Organic Chemistry II as a Second Language!
978-0-471-73808-5

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Get a Better Grade in Organic Chemistry

Organic Chemistry may be challenging, but that doesn't mean you can't get the grade you want. With David Klein's Organic Chemistry as a Second Language: Translating the Basic Concepts, you'll be able to better understand fundamental principles, solve problems, and focus on what you need to know to succeed.

Here's how you can get a better grade in Organic Chemistry:

Understand the Big Picture.
Organic Chemistry as a Second Language points out the major principles in Organic Chemistry and explains why they are relevant to the rest of the course. By putting these principles together, you'll have a coherent framework that will help you better understand your textbook.

Study More Efficiently and Effectively
Organic Chemistry as a Second Language provides time-saving study tips and a clear roadmap for your studies that will help you to focus  your efforts.

Improve Your Problem-Solving Skills
Organic Chemistry as a Second Language will help you develop the skills you need to solve a variety of problem types-even unfamiliar ones!

Need Help in Your Second Semester?
Get Klein's Organic Chemistry II as a Second Language!
978-0-471-73808-5


Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley and Sons; 2nd edition (June 22, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470129298
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470129296
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.9 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (133 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,102 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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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Taking orgo without this book is a SIN! October 5, 2009
Format:Paperback
No, it's not written in the bible but you'll be harming yourself if you don't get this book. You'll be cheating yourself.Seriously. If i had to write the #1 law of orgo, it'll be get this book, period. [...]l. If you can't afford a new copy get a used one without writing. This will be worth your every penny you spend on it. I spent time during the first part of the semester working through the first 3 chapters in the book. This book is little but it has sooo many practice exercies i'm suprised at how it packs it into such a little book. I did ALL the exercises, and worked through everything. Trust me, the material is cemented in my brain. I read 70% of the required text for the exam but then everything in the textbook i knew so i kinda skimmed the top of it. It's been years since i did acid-base chemistry but this book lets you get the meat and potatoes without having having to g back and review. My teacher kept explaining something over and over and over again and i got fed up and gave my copy of this book to the girl who just didn't seem to get it and said read this. She turned to me and said "it makes sense." I aced my first test so easily and everyone in class is lost. Now orgo is my easiest subject. I'm taking 3 sciences with labs this semester so this book has made orgo the one class i don't have to sweat for.
I could go on and on and on about this book but the only way to really know it is to get it. either get it used from someone like i did, but try to get a copy without writing or buy it. I was going to buy it from amazon but then the dude put it up for sale on SDN. I bought this book along with the nuts and bolts of organic chem and while both are good, if i had to only get one, i'll get this. hands down.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Supplement for Students of Organic Chemistry November 22, 2008
Format:Paperback
As a professor of Organic Chemistry, I have found that this little book is an excellent supplement for students. It is well organized, has many helpful tips, is very readable and presents information in enough detail to be more helpful than typical "review" books.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent supplemental text August 9, 2011
By poofier
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
First off, let me reiterate what others have said -- this is NOT a textbook and it is not going to come anywhere close to covering the volume or depth of material that you are likely to cover in a year of college-level organic chemistry. The author clearly states that this book is meant to be a SUPPLEMENT to your course textbook, not a replacement for it or even a "Cliff's Notes"-style summary of its content. If all you want is an overview of organic chemistry reaction mechanisms, save yourself $40 and try a Google search instead - there are thousands of websites showing the mechanisms.

With that out of the way, I found this book to be an amazing resource. Where my textbook seemed intent on rushing through as many mechanisms and factoids as possible, Organic Chemistry as a Second Language took its time in explaining the "why"s behind what was going on and communicated the underlying principles using humor and analogies so that the material felt approachable.

Did this book match the content of my course perfectly? No. Did it teach me the specifics of all the reactions I needed to know? Not even close. What this book did do, however, was equip me with a working vocabulary of organic chemistry fundamentals so that I didn't necessarily need to remember the minute details of every reaction because I could infer them from the given conditions.

If you're a natural o-chem whiz or you prefer just memorizing all the reaction mechanisms, you're probably not going to get much benefit from this book. But if you are someone who feels a little intimidated by organic chemistry and you really want to connect to the material, I think this is a great choice.
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good book until it stops trying. March 2, 2008
Format:Paperback
This book was outstanding at what it claims to do: translating the basic concepts. It really puts things such as resonance, acid-base chemistry, stereochemistry, and nomenclature in simple, easy to understand terminology, and it helped me ace my first midterm. However, this stuff only covers the first third of my orgo I class. When the book starts covering mechanisms, it essentially says "We're done giving you information, consult your textbook for the rest of the course and take notes in this book."

Again, this book was tremendously helpful for the basic concepts of the beginning of organic chem I. Whether that's worth $40 is up to you.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Got me A's March 30, 2011
By cfacar
Format:Paperback
Thank goodness for this book. I was struggling with the transition to organic chemistry getting a C in the first class, failing the second and then I found this book (and also the Organic Chemistry II) which got me an B in my second ochem class and an A+ in my third ochem class! This book has definitely helped me to think of the relationships between functional groups and their behaviors instead of just memorizing (which didn't work!). My roommates asks to borrow this book from me all the time as well because it helped save them too! It's definitely worth every penny for that "A" I desperately wanted.
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49 of 68 people found the following review helpful
By bkgupta
Format:Paperback
After reading the other positive reviews that almost make this book out to be a "holy grail" of the sorts, I assumed that this book would be of great help as an aid to my Organic Chemistry I textbook. However, as an aid, it really does a poor job of covering the information.

Klein spends ample amounts of time on Resonance, a concept which isn't too hard to grasp. Yes, it might be challenging for some, but when the course really gets tough (ie. Mechanisms), Klein tells you to "consult your textbook" and provides lots of white space in the book for you to copy down mechanisms and memorize them yourself.

It is this aspect of this "aid" which makes it so frustrating - Klein leaves you hanging in the most difficult part of Organic Chemistry. Quite frankly, I wouldn't waste my time with this book - if you really find yourself struggling with Resonance than you are going to have a lot more problems in organic chemistry than this book can solve.

Mechanisms are the hardest part of Orgo, and this book provides NO help for that besides white textboxes for you to copy them down from your textbook. Don't waste your time and money, if you want a supplement, get one that at least teaches you mechanisms.

I spent $40 for this book that is full of white textboxes for me to copy mechanisms down, I would hope that I can at least save some students from making the same mistake I did.

In all honesty, instead if buying this book, you are better off buying a few cases of beer - stress-busting is a good way to deal with organic chemistry!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Good
The book had some more pencil markings and bent corners or use than expected but the description was generally accurate.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This saved my grade!
I was doing poorly by my standards in O. chem. I was sure I was going to get just above a passing grade for the class. But this book saved my grade and turned it into an A!!!! Read more
Published 23 days ago by lizzieredhead
3.0 out of 5 stars Just as second language
It is helpful in terms of basic concepts. I was lost in the beginning because of lack of basics. This book helped me to visualize them and helped me to learn further.
Published 2 months ago by usha singh
4.0 out of 5 stars Great for a refresher
I got this to refresh some of the things I had learned in OChem 1 in OChem 2. Easy to follow and explains things better than the text ever did.
Published 3 months ago by J. Maben
5.0 out of 5 stars Worthwhile book
This is an easy to read organic chemistry book that explains the concept clearly. Blank pages were given at the end of each chapter to do own summary & practices.
Published 4 months ago by Chengleng
5.0 out of 5 stars The bible of organic chem
This little book encases BIG help! It really helps with understanding concepts in a way the text book does not; along with questions to practice the topic. Solutions in the back.
Published 5 months ago by Christina
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for students
When you get this book, it seems like a pretty slim volume to be helpful when compared to any organic chemistry textbook. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Teri L. Mercer
4.0 out of 5 stars A must for beginning organic chemistry students!
This book is really helpful. It breaks down introductory concepts into the basic details, with some great practice problems to work through. Would recommend.
Published 6 months ago by BREKK
5.0 out of 5 stars Helpful!
Breaks down the huge book into smaller parts with examples. Didn't even need the textbook for the course, just used this.
Published 7 months ago by Jocelyn
5.0 out of 5 stars Very helpful
This book has been my greatest tool in my O Chem class this semester. I was initially struggling with this course, but now I have an A.
Published 7 months ago by dgomtngirl
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