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The Nuts and Bolts of Organic Chemistry: A Student's Guide to Success Paperback – June 5, 2005

ISBN-13: 978-0805331172 ISBN-10: 0805331174 Edition: 1st

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall; 1 edition (June 5, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805331174
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805331172
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #312,333 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Joel Karty earned his B.S. in chemistry at the University of Puget Sound and his Ph.D. at Stanford University. He carried out postdoctoral work with Stephen Craig at Duke University, and began teaching at Elon University in the fall of 2001. At Elon, Joel teaches primarily organic chemistry and general chemistry, and also teaches physical chemistry. In the summers, he teaches an organic chemistry preparatory course as part of the SMDEP program sponsored by the Duke University School of Medicine. His research interests include studying the contributions by resonance and inductive effects in fundamental chemical systems, and he also investigates the mechanism for pattern formation in periodic precipitation reactions. Joel is the author of The Nuts and Bolts of Organic Chemistry (2005), which has recently gone into its second edition as Get Ready for Organic Chemistry (2011).

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I used Dr. Karty's book to learn Organic chemistry and for me Organic Chemistry was more fun than it was hard.
Charles William
Here, Karty's priceless explanations bring organic chemistry down from its pedestal to the reader so that they may understand the fundamentals.
Joel B.
It presents Organic Chemistry in a way that is easy to understand and one does not just have to memorize everything.
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82 of 83 people found the following review helpful By D. J Stemke on April 19, 2007
Format: Paperback
I am a College Professor in Biology and I simply cannot tell you how many of my students consider Organic Chemistry to be the make-or-break course heading toward their degree. With stacks of note cards each with an organic chemical reaction neatly upon it so go most students in their quest to 'study' organic chemistry-and that means one thing, memorize. Guess what? They hate the course, and more often than not do miserably. I simply can't tell you how many students change their entire life plans all because of this course. There is a better way.

Organic and for that matter most science classes are puzzles, if you think about them that way. What Karty does in this book is give students the tools to approach organic from that perspective. I was fotunate as an undergraduate to 'discover' a similar paradigm to study organic chemistry which I then used it as a way to appoach almost all my science courses (ok, I did have to do some memorizing). I have to say it really helped make me a true scientists. Learning how to approach and think about a reaction is the key to mastering this topic which is EXACTLY what he passes along.

I would highly recommend this book to those students who are actually trying to become scientists (not just exam-crammers) and those who are looking for a better way to learn organic. There simply is no other book that I have seen that does it as well as "The Nuts and Bolts of Organic Chemistry". I tip my hat to Dr. Karty for developing and offering such a valuable resource.
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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Lucy Cat VINE VOICE on January 5, 2007
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I really can't say enough good things about this book. For starters, it is the first chemistry book that I couldn't put down and didn't fall asleep after reading it for about 20 minutes. It covers all the pertinent general chemistry topics for organic and is designed to be read BEFORE you start organic. But don't worry, its the perfect companion for use throughout the year of Orgo1/2 as well because it teaches you how to make complicated problems very easy WITHOUT MEMORIZING any reactions or formulas. I had an A+ in general chemistry and I thought I had all those topics down to a tee--- this book showed me new ways to look at concepts and easier ways to solve. It really is a must have. If you plan on taking the MCAT, don't review without this book! It's brilliant!
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Aubrey Wilson on May 10, 2006
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I have just finished taking a year of organic chemistry with Dr. Karty, and although I am not too fond of the subject, he is amazing. Karty is incredibly intelligent, but he has become a master at passing along this difficult material on to the us less genius people. This talent shows through in his "Nuts and Bolts" book. He breaks down the concepts into simple terms and helpful pictures. The main reason this book is so successful is that it really stresses the actual comprehension of the concepts rather than memorization of millions of little facts, and it becomes more and more apparent that this study technique is crucial to your own success in organic chemistry. I would recommend this book to any student going into an organic class, from the chem whizzes to the chem idiots.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Guess on May 8, 2006
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Toss out those flash cards and make room for The Nuts and Bolts of Organic Chemistry: A Student's Guide to Success. Professor Joel Karty is on to something with the rejection of conventional organic chemistry teaching methods.

Organic chemistry is arguably one of the toughest courses for students to fully understand. First and foremost, Karty shows that by truly understanding the fundamental concepts students will have a better ability to tackle the more difficult problems later in the semester. This course has its fair share of difficulties however by following Karty's tips for success this dreaded course can be enjoyable.

After completing the book and much later the course I can say with confidence that without Karty's helpful hints I would never have made it.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Charles William on May 19, 2006
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Before I took Organic Chemistry I was told it was going to be the hardest class I would ever take in my life. I was told it was a ton of memorization and most of it didn't make sense. I used Dr. Karty's book to learn Organic chemistry and for me Organic Chemistry was more fun than it was hard. The class was difficult but his book teaches you to learn Organic by the concepts and mechanisms which in turn makes it so you don't need to memorize anything, you just LEARN Organic chemistry. If you are taking Organic and are worried sick about it, get Dr. Karty's book and let him make a year of Organic Chemistry fun to learn rather than miserablely depressing.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Kenneth Ike on June 4, 2006
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Dr. Karty does an excellent job of organizing organic chemistry by its fundamental topics! His method makes learning organic chemistry very feasible and provides the student with effective stratagems for solving problems. As a pre-medical student who constantly worries about doing well, I am glad to have been exposed to such a useful tool that gave me confidence and helped develop a clear understanding of such a complex topic. Thank you Dr. Karty!
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Geoffrey M. Lynn on May 11, 2006
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This book is the perfect preparatory tool for ogranic chemistry and, in particular, mechanisms. When I entered organic, I struggled with the course because I was trying to understand what the professors and textbooks were trying to say. With this book you don't have to struggle to figure out the meaning; the author uses simple terms to describe complex problems, in a way that anyone can understand the material.

To put it simply, this book = understanding organic.
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