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Organic Chemistry (with CengageNOW 2-Semester Printed Access Card) (Available Titles CengageNOW) 7th Edition

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"McMurry's greatest strength to this reviewer is the level of presentation, the emphasis on physical principles. I think the questions in McMurry both in text and end of chapter are excellent."

"The material has a far greater biological focus, which is done successfully. This is a big plus in my mind. . . . the chemistry is presented with a high degree of accuracy. There are certainly no major problems."

"The chapter problems are excellent and challenge students at many levels. Chapter summaries are well written. The 'Why This Chapter' lead-ins are superb."

"The author has always produced a well written book that is easy to read. That is a comment I have heard from both other colleagues and students alike. This has always been a general strength of the text. I was happy to see the inclusion of the 'Focus On' topics as supplements to the chapter's material to excite the students about other topics in organic chemistry related to the chapter material. I think these are quite informative for the students."

"We have been using McMurry's text for the past several years here at UA, and I am, therefore, quite familiar with it. The general strengths include the readability and a wealth of good problems."

About the Author

John E. McMurry received his B.A. from Harvard University and his Ph.D. at Columbia University. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and an Alfred P. Sloan Research Foundation Fellow. He has received several awards, which include the National Institutes of Health Career Development Award, the Alexander von Humboldt Senior Scientist Award, and the Max Planck Research Award. In addition to ORGANIC CHEMISTRY, he is also the author or coauthor of ORGANIC CHEMISTRY: A BIOLOGICAL APPROACH, FUNDAMENTALS OF ORGANIC CHEMISTRY, THE ORGANIC CHEMISTRY OF BIOLOGICAL PATHWAYS.
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  • Series: Available Titles CengageNOW
  • Hardcover: 1344 pages
  • Publisher: Brooks Cole; 7 edition (January 10, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0495112585
  • ISBN-13: 978-0495112587
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 8.2 x 1.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (92 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #219,765 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By J. Flanders on June 17, 2011
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I don't normally review items on Amazon but I had to this once in order to help other students avoid the problems I've had since buying this book. The book itself is great. If you're buying this to read about organic chemistry buy it. However, if you plan to buy this for class as I did you will be just as disappointed as I was. All of the practice problems that are normally in the book are not in this one. It uses OWL, an online resource for Science Textbooks, to put the problems online. This cuts the cost of the book for the publisher as well as the reader. This would be great if the website were active, it's not. You have no practice problem and no way to review. If you're taking organic chemistry I highly recommend you go to [...] and make sure the website is up before you purchase this book. Until this is fixed this book definitely deserves the 1 star.
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I used this text for 2 semesters of Organic Chemistry. I thought it was fantastic, with very colorful, helpful electrostatic potential maps. It showed clear reaction mechanisms and gave a summary of all learned reactions at the end of the chapter.

If you need to learn Organic chem, McMurry is the way to go.

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It's now 2006 and I wrote that review in 2004. McMurry is an excellent guide to sophomore organic chemistry, and it leads well into more complicated texts, such as Dougherty's Physical Organic, March's Advanced Organic, or the dual Carey Advanced Organic tests. When I started grad school, I had to take the ACS Diagnostic test in organic chemistry and I aced it, largely from the material that I learned from this book.
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This is a great text, actually one of the best. The only thing is that if you compared the newest to the previous 6th edition, nothing new. Do yourself a favor and grab a copy of the sixth for a fraction of the price since most if not all of the chapters are identical along with the pictures and molecular examples. Just a word of advice from one broke undergrad to others.
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McMurry's text is a very friendly, gentle intro to organic. It's a thoroughly enjoyable read, but it doesn't teach you what you need to know. Explanations for important mechanisms are usually very brief, and the problems included are usually very basic and general (the spectroscopy and synthesis problems, in particular). If you're looking to become a chemist, this is not the book to learn from. I'd recommend Vollhardt and Schore's textbook, or any number of sophomore-level texts that will give you the skills you need to approach complicated problems more successfully (i.e., on exams or out in the industry).
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By A Customer on July 7, 2004
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McMurry's Organic Chemistry is a great textbook. The text is clear and uncluttered, especially compared to others. The graphics organize the information well. Also, the back of the solutions manual has an organized summary of the reactions.
If you are using it as a supplement to your assigned book, I find that the previous (5th?) is just fine, and is probably much cheaper than the new edition.
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John McMurry of Cornell University did again a very good job as he brought the good level of knowledge of organic chemistry with right links to the real world in traditionally (for McMurry's books) very high level textbook which is well readable, has good part of problem solving guide and which is in my eyes a book which was needed just today. I can suggest the textbook to every student who wants to get basic knowledge of organic chemistry in a simple and easy way.
Very good 3D models, mostly with electronic or charge densities (it looks as if from Wavefunction kitchen) are good tool for understanding the spatial construction of molecules, i.e. their conformation and configuration. Book has very good connotations to life (illicit drugs) and environmental problems (energy and fuel). Also the summaries after each chapter followed by exercises as well as the reviewing chapters are excellent features of good teaching. Very good for teaching is also the Glossary, small encyclopedia od organic chemistry expressions.
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Mcmurry is a colourful and over-generalized textbook that presents the most fundamental concepts of organic chemistry without fully elucidating on their logic. Mcmurry's style is to induce learning of 0-chem via memorizing of reaction mechanisms, and other trivial components.

The only reason you should buy this book (same reason I did) is if your o-chem course is based on this; that being, this is your prescribed text. It is far too difficult to study organic chemistry with another textbook. However this may not be the case for this edition of Mcmurry. Organic Chemistry by Wade has the same chapter format, covers essentially the same thing but treats the fundamental principles with more depth; allowing the reader to appreciate the finer points of organic chemistry.

One thing that irritated me the most about this book was that there is no appendix for IR frequencies of major functional groups, and mass spectra is barely covered. It is at best just mentioned...nothing more. Wade treats the interpretation of spectral data with more clarity and depth...something which is essential in second year chemistry.

All in all this book doesnt even provide a good grounding in the basics. When it discuses KMnO4 oxidatation, that at least should be a review of redox.

The chapters on Substitution and elimination reactions as well as further chapters in aromatic chemistry are satisfactory, but it is the basics that are lacking. I would suggest for first time o-chem students to consult Wade and compare it to the writing style of Mcmurry. Albeit Mcmurry is very nice and colourful, you will regret its lack of depth and its over simplification of organic chemistry.

The book itself is supplemented with another spectroscopy book here in Australia, which suggests the severe lackings of this book. This has been inherent in it for the last three editions...Not too happy with it.
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