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Organic Chemistry 4th Edition

3.9 out of 5 stars 10 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-0195119992
ISBN-10: 0195119991
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"Very easy to understand. Eliminates confusing details and presents the material in plain English, which should catch students' attention."--Cosmas Obi Okoro, Tennessee State University

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G. Marc Loudon is at Purdue University.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 1421 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 4 edition (December 27, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195119991
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195119992
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 1.9 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #670,400 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is my favorite chemistry book. This book is different from others because it's conversational in tone and easy to read. If more chemists wrote like this, there would be a lot fewer discouraged potential chemists out there. The electron diagrams lead to complete understanding of reactions so you don't need to memorize them. The problems are interesting puzzles. You will want to do more than the ones that are assigned just to find out what the answer is. The accompanying solution manual provides all the details needed to completely understand the answers. Chemistry can be beautiful and understandable when a book is written this well.
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This is a great introductory textbook for organic chemistry, but for accelerated chemistry courses, it simply failed to give more advanced materials and examples.

I ended up getting another organic chemistry textbook to complement it. Still one of the most understandable organic textbook around, though.
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By Raman on September 16, 2004
Format: Hardcover
A number of times, fellow students entering organic chemistry have asked to buy my Loudon textbook and the accompanying study guide. But I declined - "my Loudons" are staying with me for the long haul, I said, as I encouraged them to buy their own new copies.

This book is simply marvelous. It has plenty of stimulating illustrations and examples, and its many problems progress gradually from trivial to challenging and instructive. (I did every end-of-chapter problem for the first eleven chapters, and the resulting factual retention and depth of understanding have served me extremely well.) But, most importantly, its exposition is rock-solid, full of the lucid analogies and consistent mechanistic logic that make organic chemistry tractable. It was telling that I started to get irritated with the book after 800 or so pages. When I asked myself why, I realized that it was no fault of the text but simply that fact that Loudon had already improved my thinking so greatly that I was constantly anticipating him! The study guide/solutions manual is also indispensable - it has fully worked-out solutions to every single problem as well as "Study Guide Links" covering more peripheral (but often very interesting and useful) material.

To be sure, the book is on the wordy side, and it is not completely comprehensive, though these attributes are quite acceptable in an introduction. To a p-chem kid like me, the treatment of the physical phenomena underlying NMR and IR spectroscopy was far too superficial, though the explanations were fine for structure determination.
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I bought this to update my library. So far, whenever I've turned to it I found what I wanted. It's hard to find a good comprehensive organic chem book without buying an intro and advanced book separately. So far, this has covered the bases. Who knows, maybe I'm not doing advanced enough work!!
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By A Customer on April 6, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This is the text we teach from in the accelerated organic course at Harvard. While it is a very readable text, and that is important, it is not very technical and many definitions (see Curtin Hammet principle) are just plain incomplete. A good text for a simple course but no real weight here.
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