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The Organic Chem Lab Survival Manual: A Student's Guide to Techniques Paperback – January 7, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-0470494370 ISBN-10: 0470494379 Edition: 8th

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 354 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley and Sons; 8th edition (January 7, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470494379
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470494370
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #122,105 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for The Organic Chem Lab Survival Manual

"This manual is the best thing since sliced bread for learning initial techniques for organic lab. Clearly, this author has dealt with students in the organic lab for a long time..the writing style is wonderful, incredibly appropriate for college undergrads." - Deborah Lieberman, University of Cincinnati

"Organic Chemistry lab can be quite intimidating to students. Zubrick helps make organic chemistry a little less scary." - DeeAnne Goodenough-Lashua, the University of Notre Dame

"The manual is a must for students who really want to understand what they are doing...The writing style is outstanding and approachable for the novice. Overall, it is an outstanding text for the general organic chemistry laboratory." - Robert Stockland, Bucknell University

"I love Zubrick's style: it's funny, engaging, and friendly...the student will probably find the book entertaining (I do), and learn about organic chemistry lab at the same time. I highly recommend it." - Peter T. Bell, Tarleton State University

"I have used Zubrick since the fourth edition was released and have noticed that each subsequent edition gets better and better." - Christopher J. Peeples, The University of Tulsa

Customer Reviews

Very informative and in layman's terms.
Trav
Unless you have a prof that gives you no help or explanation of techniques, I would skip buying this book.
L. Hobson
The book was required for my chemistry II lab.
kitkat09

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lemus on May 26, 2011
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I recently took Organic Chemistry, and this book does a very good job at explaining all techniques. It gives detailed instructions to succeed in the lab, what to do, what not to do. It also has a touch of humor, which makes it a bit easier to read than serious books because it makes the task less boring. However, the book isn't much different from the previous editions I have seen from my classmates. Organic Chemistry techniques don't really change, so if you're pressed for money, you are better off buying a previous edition.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By L. Hobson on October 17, 2011
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So I bought this item because I was intimidated going into the the O-chem lab and I thought this book might help me with pointers and a more thorough understanding of what I was attempting to do. It gave explanations of some of the techniques I have used so far but so does my lab manual. It didn't reveal any 'secrets' that helped me succeed more than my peers or explain techniques more thoroughly or clearly than my lab manual. Unless you have a prof that gives you no help or explanation of techniques, I would skip buying this book. Refer to your lab manual or the techniques companion to the lab manual if there is one at the the library or from your prof.
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By Hannah on October 2, 2012
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I am so terribly disappointed with this book. First off, the writing style is TERRIBLE and VERY hard to read. I have never read a book about science that contained as many personal statements or unnecessary rhetorical questions. I had to get this book for my Organic Chemistry class and all it has done is confuse me more than ever (even though I'm not bad at chemistry!). None of the processes in this book are difficult, but the way that Zubrick writes them and throws in all the additional questions and whatnot makes it convoluted. Wish I hadn't wasted my money on this book.
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If you are in Orgo, you absolutely have to have this manual. It's an exhaustive easy-to-understand guide that anticipates all procedural problems that might arise and gives you minute details as to how to cope with them. It is also extremely good at explaining the importance and the role of each step in the procedure so that you actually come to understand what you're doing and why.
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By Trav on June 14, 2014
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Book was in great condition. It's like all 6 students that had purchased it before me had just left in sitting on their desks. Which speaks more about the students laziness than the book itself as the book is a fantastic read. Very informative and in layman's terms. A little elbow grease and some goo gone took all stickers off completely. Highly recommend.
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By Brandy L. Anderson on January 23, 2011
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I bought this book and it's required for class but it's such a good book. It is funny and makes reading about Organic Chemistry techniques kind of fun. It has wonderful tips that help out tremendously while doing labs. This book was in perfect condition. Overall I rate this book as excellent.
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By composer_city on October 24, 2012
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This is a good introductory manual for organic chemistry. We needed it because our lab manual was incomplete- i.e. it didn't explain filtration techniques, etc. The lame jokes make it slightly more bearable.
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By kitkat09 on February 15, 2011
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The book was required for my chemistry II lab. It really has helped in the understanding of how to set up Apparatuses which in turn speed up the time it took to do each experiment.
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