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Organic Chemistry (5th Edition) 5th Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0131963160
ISBN-10: 0131963163
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About the Author

Paula Yurkanis Bruice was raised primarily in Massachusetts, Germany, and Switzerland and was graduated from the Girls' Latin School in Boston. She received an A.B. from Mount Holyoke College and a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Virginia. She received an NIH postdoctoral fellowship for study in biochemistry at the University of Virginia Medical School, and she held a postdoctoral appointment in the Department of Pharmacology at Yale Medical School.

 

She is a member of the faculty at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where she has received the Associated Students Teacher of the Year Award, the Academic Senate Distinguished Teaching Award, and two Mortar Board Professor of the Year Awards. Her research interests concern the mechanism and catalysis of organic reactions, particularly those of biological significance. Paula has a daughter and a son who are physicians and a son who is a lawyer. Her main hobbies are reading mystery/suspense novels and her pets (three dogs, two cats, and a parrot).

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 1440 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall; 5 edition (March 31, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0131963163
  • ISBN-13: 978-0131963160
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 2 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #60,029 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
My assessment of this textbook is based upon concurrent usage of the solutions manual.

Paula Bruice does a great job in presenting organic chemistry. I had virtually no knowledge of organic chemistry when starting the academic year, and felt I had a solid understanding of it at the end of the year. I obtained As both semesters, even though one of the professors only loosely followed the material in the text. However, the text was of sufficient quality that I was able to understand the material the professor presented by relying almost solely on the text.

I prefer to learn things by reading and studying alone. I used this text with solutions manual almost exclusively. The author's presentation of subjects is logical and progressive. There are many worked problems within the text, and the solutions manual has fully worked solutions to the problems. Additionally, there are review subjects within the solutions manual to cover subjects that are not properly organic chemistry, but must be mastered to understand organic chemistry.

The key to getting the most from this text is to work the problems at the end of the chapters. Paula Bruice does not present problems that were not covered in the chapter. Thus, if you read the chapter, you'll see the concepts in the problems at the end of the chapter. Where you have gaps in working the problems, you can readily fill the gaps by checking the solutions manual. Read the text, work the problems, you'll learn organic chemistry.

As a final note, there is a web site to accompany the text. It isn't great, but I think most such web sites are deficient. Nevertheless, it was sometimes helpful when I simply couldn't grasp a concept. It is probably the best web site to accompany a text I've seen.
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I read this book when the required text (McMurry) for the organic chemistry class I took was confusing or I wanted to review a topic in greater depth. I would not have minded if this book were the main required text for my class. I am getting rid of all of the other introductory organic chemistry books I had except for this one.

This book provides greater depth and more understandable explanations than the other books I used for reference. The McMurry text briefly mentions a few topics in a single sentence or paragraph, which many other introductory and outline books entirely omit (so I suggest not wasting time with them). This book actually contains reasonable explanations for those topics.

The style of this book is not too wordy and not too brief. However, it is best to work problems while reading this, or any similar, book because readers will probably not gain much by reading it alone.
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Really really loved this book.

One of the best written college textbooks i have read in a long time

1). GOOD examples

2). REALLY thorough. It will cover nearly every topic in the entire ochem spectrum. When i was studying for the MCAT and couldnt find the answer to something all i had to do was pop open this book and find out about wolf-kirschner reductionr etc etc.

3). well written

4). easy to understand

Cons
1). really expensive, the solutions manual is really expensive too. Also the modeling kit is really expensive lol.

LOTS OF DOUGH, but if you can afford it its really a great book.
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Bruice's way of writing is what separates this book from other texts such as Mcmurry. She conveys complicated ideas in very plain english. Futhermore, the illustrations in this text are superb. The book's clean and spacious format also translated to better brain studying conditions (esp. for OC people like me).

3 cons:
No access number for the book's site
Very expensive (unavailable locally [Philippines])
HEAVY :0
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It may seem unfair to give only 3 stars to what amounts to a very solid textbook -- but it is 3 stars in comparison to the best texts that are available for undergraduate organic chemistry. First, the good. The text is well illustrated with Spartan density drawings and colorful pictures and sidebars of various organic chemists that help maintain interest in the reading. The book is printed on high-quality paper and the binding is durable, which should help it withstand the beating given it by a diligent student. Color is used more liberally than other textbooks (such as McMurry); this is one of the best looking books available on the market for organic chemistry. Additionally, the chapters at the end of the book that highlight the role of organic chemistry in enzymology and drug discovery are a nice addition for classes geared more towards medical students/biologists.

Now the bad. First, the organization is quite different than other textbooks. In some areas the reorganization is a welcome change, but I question some of them. In particular, an extensive treatise of the nomenclature of the functional groups at the beginning of the book (Second chapter) delays the introduction of reactions; it makes for a tedious opening and leaves the impression that organic chemistry is a topic for pedants. Additionally, bunching together all the elimination reactions after the chapter on alkynes prevents a real introduction to multistep synthesis until Chapter 9, almost 400 pages into the book.

Perhaps more importantly for the student, the text is not as readable as, say, McMurry, Jones, or Wade. Part of the problem is simply that the book is so incredibly detailed.
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