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David M. Klein
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June 22, 2007 0470129298 978-0470129296 2nd
Get a Better Grade in Organic Chemistry

Organic Chemistry may be challenging, but that doesn't mean you can't get the grade you want. With David Klein's Organic Chemistry as a Second Language: Translating the Basic Concepts, you'll be able to better understand fundamental principles, solve problems, and focus on what you need to know to succeed.

Here's how you can get a better grade in Organic Chemistry:

Understand the Big Picture.
Organic Chemistry as a Second Language points out the major principles in Organic Chemistry and explains why they are relevant to the rest of the course. By putting these principles together, you'll have a coherent framework that will help you better understand your textbook.

Study More Efficiently and Effectively
Organic Chemistry as a Second Language provides time-saving study tips and a clear roadmap for your studies that will help you to focus your efforts.

Improve Your Problem-Solving Skills
Organic Chemistry as a Second Language will help you develop the skills you need to solve a variety of problem types-even unfamiliar ones!

Need Help in Your Second Semester?
Get Klein's Organic Chemistry II as a Second Language!
978-0-471-73808-5


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Get a Better Grade in Organic Chemistry

Organic Chemistry may be challenging, but that doesn't mean you can't get the grade you want. With David Klein's Organic Chemistry as a Second Language: Translating the Basic Concepts, you'll be able to better understand fundamental principles, solve problems, and focus on what you need to know to succeed.

Here's how you can get a better grade in Organic Chemistry:

Understand the Big Picture.
Organic Chemistry as a Second Language points out the major principles in Organic Chemistry and explains why they are relevant to the rest of the course. By putting these principles together, you'll have a coherent framework that will help you better understand your textbook.

Study More Efficiently and Effectively
Organic Chemistry as a Second Language provides time-saving study tips and a clear roadmap for your studies that will help you to focus  your efforts.

Improve Your Problem-Solving Skills
Organic Chemistry as a Second Language will help you develop the skills you need to solve a variety of problem types-even unfamiliar ones!

Need Help in Your Second Semester?
Get Klein's Organic Chemistry II as a Second Language!
978-0-471-73808-5


Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley and Sons; 2nd edition (June 22, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470129298
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470129296
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 0.5 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (153 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,951 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Taking orgo without this book is a SIN! October 5, 2009
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No, it's not written in the bible but you'll be harming yourself if you don't get this book. You'll be cheating yourself.Seriously. If i had to write the #1 law of orgo, it'll be get this book, period. [...]l. If you can't afford a new copy get a used one without writing. This will be worth your every penny you spend on it. I spent time during the first part of the semester working through the first 3 chapters in the book. This book is little but it has sooo many practice exercies i'm suprised at how it packs it into such a little book. I did ALL the exercises, and worked through everything. Trust me, the material is cemented in my brain. I read 70% of the required text for the exam but then everything in the textbook i knew so i kinda skimmed the top of it. It's been years since i did acid-base chemistry but this book lets you get the meat and potatoes without having having to g back and review. My teacher kept explaining something over and over and over again and i got fed up and gave my copy of this book to the girl who just didn't seem to get it and said read this. She turned to me and said "it makes sense." I aced my first test so easily and everyone in class is lost. Now orgo is my easiest subject. I'm taking 3 sciences with labs this semester so this book has made orgo the one class i don't have to sweat for.
I could go on and on and on about this book but the only way to really know it is to get it. either get it used from someone like i did, but try to get a copy without writing or buy it. I was going to buy it from amazon but then the dude put it up for sale on SDN. I bought this book along with the nuts and bolts of organic chem and while both are good, if i had to only get one, i'll get this. hands down.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent supplemental text August 9, 2011
By poofier
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First off, let me reiterate what others have said -- this is NOT a textbook and it is not going to come anywhere close to covering the volume or depth of material that you are likely to cover in a year of college-level organic chemistry. The author clearly states that this book is meant to be a SUPPLEMENT to your course textbook, not a replacement for it or even a "Cliff's Notes"-style summary of its content. If all you want is an overview of organic chemistry reaction mechanisms, save yourself $40 and try a Google search instead - there are thousands of websites showing the mechanisms.

With that out of the way, I found this book to be an amazing resource. Where my textbook seemed intent on rushing through as many mechanisms and factoids as possible, Organic Chemistry as a Second Language took its time in explaining the "why"s behind what was going on and communicated the underlying principles using humor and analogies so that the material felt approachable.

Did this book match the content of my course perfectly? No. Did it teach me the specifics of all the reactions I needed to know? Not even close. What this book did do, however, was equip me with a working vocabulary of organic chemistry fundamentals so that I didn't necessarily need to remember the minute details of every reaction because I could infer them from the given conditions.

If you're a natural o-chem whiz or you prefer just memorizing all the reaction mechanisms, you're probably not going to get much benefit from this book. But if you are someone who feels a little intimidated by organic chemistry and you really want to connect to the material, I think this is a great choice.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Supplement for Students of Organic Chemistry November 22, 2008
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As a professor of Organic Chemistry, I have found that this little book is an excellent supplement for students. It is well organized, has many helpful tips, is very readable and presents information in enough detail to be more helpful than typical "review" books.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Got me A's March 30, 2011
By cfacar
Format:Paperback
Thank goodness for this book. I was struggling with the transition to organic chemistry getting a C in the first class, failing the second and then I found this book (and also the Organic Chemistry II) which got me an B in my second ochem class and an A+ in my third ochem class! This book has definitely helped me to think of the relationships between functional groups and their behaviors instead of just memorizing (which didn't work!). My roommates asks to borrow this book from me all the time as well because it helped save them too! It's definitely worth every penny for that "A" I desperately wanted.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love it March 29, 2016
By Amina
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This book is amazing. It brought my grade up and definitely made the concepts easier to understand. That being said, don't wait to get this book. Start a little before the semester and you will do great!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Organic Chemistry MUST HAVE! November 5, 2009
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This book is like the Wonderful Wizard of Oz; it makes sense of all the madness that happens in Organic Chemistry. I just got the book and I find that I understand things better that I THOUGHT I already understood, not to mention the things that I didn't understand. I have studied more for Organic Chemistry than I have for ANY other class I've taken in my academic career and still couldn't seem to master the subject. I made note cards, took class notes, and book notes, went to office hours, hired an ORGANIC CHEMIST tutor, watched online and YouTube videos about Organic Chemistry, I studied, practiced, and DREAMED about mechanisms. I did EVERYTHING I was supposed to do with limited results...then...along came this heaven sent book and BAM! I understand. What I would give if I could've only discovered the book at the beginning of the semester. Klein simply has a way of explaining things in a way that I can't explain..probably because I'm not him, lol. But one important thing is that he cuts through the BS, he get to the point of what you NEED to know..the fundamentals. Let's face it, most of the people taking Organic Chemistry could care less (or more) about Organic Chemistry...we simply need to get into Medical/Dental/Pharmacy school. I think Klein knows and understands that, thus he doesn't waste time the history behind the chemist that discovered this reagent or other mundane details like your textbook does. Some things need to be memorized and some things simply need to be understood in order to be successful; Klein breaks down the difference. I trust his method..everytime I doubted it (thinking to myself: "That doesn't sound right doing it that way."), I was proven wrong. Long story short...BUY THE BOOK!
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Great book for helping to understand basic concepts. Although book arrived to my house soaking wet and moldy, not very pleased with seller.
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very good book doesn't have as much on functional groups as i hoped but it covers other topics very well.
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