- Hardcover: 1280 pages
- Publisher: Wiley; 9 edition (February 16, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0471684961
- ISBN-13: 978-0471684961
- Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 1.9 x 11.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.4 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #570,033 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
T.W. Graham Solomons did his undergraduate work at the Citadel and received his doctorate in organic chemistry in 1959 from Duke University where he worked with C.K. Bradsher. Following this he was a Sloan Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Rochester where he worked with V. Boekelheide. In 1960 he became a charter member of the faculty of the University of South Florida and became Professor of Chemistry in 1973. In 1992 he was made Professor Emeritus. In 1994 he was a visiting professor with the Faculty des Sciences Pharmaceutiques et Biologiques, Universite Rene Descartes (Paris V). He is a member of Sigma Xi, Phi Lambda Upsilon, and Sigma Pi Sigma. He has received research grants from the Research Corporation and the American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund. For several years he was director of an NSF-sponsored Undergraduate Research Participation Program at USF. His research interests have been in the areas of heterocyclic chemistry and unusual aromatic compounds. He has published papers in the Journal of the American Chemical Society, the Journal of Organic Chemistry, and the Journal of Heterocyclic Chemistry. He has received several awards for distinguished teaching. His organic chemistry textbooks have been widely used for 20 years and have been translated into French, Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Malaysian, Arabic, Portuguese, Spanish, Turkish, and Italian. He and his wife Judith have a daughter who is a building conservator, a son who is an artist, and another son who is a graduate student studying biochemistry.
Craig Barton Fryhle is Chair and Professor of Chemistry at Pacific Lutheran University. He earned his B.A. degree from Gettysburg College and Ph.D. from Brown University. His experiences at these institutions shaped his dedication to mentoring undergraduate students in chemistry and the liberal arts, which is a passion that burns strongly for him. His research interests have been in areas relating to the shikimic acid pathway, including molecular modeling and NMR spectrometry of substrates and analogues, as well as structure and reactivity studies of shikimate pathway enzymes using isotopic labeling and mass spectrometry. He has mentored many students in undergraduate research, a number of whom have later earned their Ph.D. degrees and gone on to academic or industrial positions. he has participated in workshops on fostering undergraduate participation in research, and has been an invited participant in efforts by the National Science Foundation to enhance undergraduate research in chemistry. He has received research and instrumentation grants from ten National Science Foundation, the M.J Murdock Charitable Trust, and other private foundations.
His work in chemical education, in addition to textbook co-authorship, involves incorporation of student-let teaching in the classroom and technology-based strategies in organic chemistry.
He has also developed experiments for undergraduate students inorganic laboratory and instrumental analysis courses. He has been a volunteer with the hands-on science program in Seattle public schools, and chair of the Puget Sound Section of the American Chemical Society. He lives in Seattle with his wife and two daughters.
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You should know there are 2 basic approaches to the teaching of organic chem: The functional group approach and mechanism approach. By far, the former is much more commonly used and the way organic chem has been taught for decades. Problem is, this approach promotes tedious memorization and you can be overwhelmed by the volume. Also, most organic chemists don't think in terms of functional groups. They understand their subject by organizing/systematizing reactions according to mechanism and reaction type as governed by a few basic principles.
The number of books that support this mechanism approach are few in number. They are (this list may be incomplete):
Organic Chemistry by Marye Anne Fox, James K. Whitesell (ISBN 0763721972)
Organic Chemistry by Clayden, Greeves, Warren, Wothers
A Guidebook to Mechanism in Organic Chemistry (6th Edition) by Peter Sykes
A Primer to Mechanism in Organic Chemistry by Peter Sykes
Organic Chemistry by Joseph M. Hornback (ISBN 0534389511)
For the the functional group approach:
Just based on its sheer size and completeness, the best book has to be Organic Chemistry (now in its 6th Edition) by Morrison & Boyd (ISBN 0136436692). It's the gold standard by which all other functional group books are judged.
2nd best is probably Organic Chemistry by G. Marc Loudon (ISBN 0195119991).
All the rest - Ege, McMurry, Solomons, Wade, Carey, Bruice, Vollhardt, Maitland Jones Jr., Streitwieser/Heathcock, Brown/Foote - they're just clones of one another. The exceptions might be Bruice and Jones Jr. which employ a quasi-mechanism/functional group approach.
For those of you who want to start off with "just the facts" before tackling these organic tomes try: "Organic Chemistry: A Short Course" by Hart/Craine/Hart/Hadad now in its 12th edition.
The 2 books by David R. Klein are also recommended: "Organic Chemistry I as a Second Language: Translating the Basic Concepts" and "Organic Chemistry II as a Second Language: Second Semester Topics".
Another good intro: The Nuts and Bolts of Organic Chemistry: A Student's Guide to Success by Joel Karty
For the lab portion get "The Organic Chem Lab Survival Manual: A Student's Guide to Techniques" by James W. Zubrick
Check out my listmania "good organic chemistry books from simple to intermediate" for other organic books.
P.S. I should really mention Solomons since I am "reviewing" his book. It's very average and middle-of-the road. there. done.
disclaimer: I used the 3rd edition of Solomons years ago. Why does this book need 9 (and now 10) editions? The teaching of organic chem. hasn't fundamentally changed in a long time and certainly not in the past 20 years.
My real motivation for writing this comes from my use of the Wade Organic Chem textbook--for only about 2 hours. It is 100% head and shoulders above this book and I have purchased it along with its solution manual to use for the rest of this course and the next. I have no idea why we switched, but I will still be using Wade.
I am sorry for students who actually used this book in their class. I only got it to get extra practice for exams and it didnt even helped with that.
If you are using this in your class, I would recommend that you change classes or take other steps. you can easily fail ochem just by using this book.
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