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Organic Chemistry, Third Edition 3rd Bk&CD Edition

3.9 out of 5 stars 14 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-0763721978
ISBN-10: 0763721972
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 1140 pages
  • Publisher: Jones & Bartlett Publishers; 3rd Bk&CD edition (April 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763721972
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763721978
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 8.7 x 1.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #364,832 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Halfway through a second-semester course in organic chemistry, I found myself thinking there has to be a better way to present this extremely complex material than is found in the text my class is using (Brown and Foote). A trip to the local academic bookstore where both new and used textbooks are sold proved this assumption wrong. There are four or five textbooks out there still in print and several others which have passed out of print. They all present the material in the same order and fashion as Brown and Foote: review of general chemistry as it applies to the chemistry of carbon, alkanes, cycloalkanes, stereochemistry, alkenes, alkynes,and then functional groups (here the order may vary slightly). Analytical techniques are saved for the middle of the book, then more functional groups until we reach a short unit on biochemistry at the end. From the point of view of this student the subject simply becomes overwhelming about three weeks into the second semester. Reaction after reaction to memorize with little clew as to how these fit into a general scheme for reaction types, mechanism after mechanism with little insight into how these fall into patterns. Then, haply, in the back corner I found Fox and Whitsell for a mere $(...). The material is presented in the way a painter makes a picture. First a sketch, then a little more detail, a little more color until the full portrait of organic chemistry (at the elementary level, at least) is replete with the same detail as in the other books, but with a gradually built foundation whose principles are called up over and again (with back references)so that the learner is not allowed to forget what she learned a month ago.Read more ›
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(I will get back with a fuller review later.) I got hold of this book one hour ago, and just had to dispatch a quick comment to all preseumtive readers: "This book is the one to get!" If you like a logical presentation, founded on mechanism classes and electronic distribution, rather than giving, in a meaningless fashion, all heed to various classes of compounds, as all authors except for Peter Sykes have been doing for the past decades - then do buy this. This is the book I have been looking for for maybe ten years, as an introduction to beginners fresh out of high-school, with a great fear for maths, physics and even chemistry. Get Sykes: "A Guidebook to Mechanism in Organic Chemistry", too. Also, the miniature book "A Primer to Mechanism in Organic Chemistry" is good, if you have not read one syllable about organic chemistry before. (The latter work is absolutely studded with small illogical errors in the language - not in the factual background, though (disregarding the level of simplification) - though, that render it far less attractive than the other book, an established bible. Best Wishes, G B
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Editorial review is right about this book. No current organic text is written and presented like Fox. Instead of a coherent discussion on different functional groups and thier chemistry, Fox had adopted a new approach in introducing the basic concepts of the subject. Chromatography and spectroscopy, the core idea in organic laboratory and research, is introduced early in Chapter 4. The coverage on NMR and GC might be supplemented by an introductory text on the subject like Crews' "Organic Structural Analysis". Yet Fox had successfully familiarized students with the concepts of research. The rest of the text discusses reaction types and mechanisms. A chapter is devoted to the idea of multistep synthesis and retrosynthesis. The book also emphasizes on mechanisms and coming up with the most efficient synthetic route as reflected in the end-of-chapter problem sets.
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When I took O Chem at Stanford 50 years ago, I hated it because it seemed like all rote memorization and no science. This book puts the emphasis on the Physics behind it all, and all of a sudden O Chem is interesting again! Good Book.
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I used this text in my classes back in the '90's because it is a novel approach to teaching organic chemistry - by mechanism. It is a great idea and seems very logical once you know organic chemistry. Unfortunately, it didn't work. Fox and Whitesell would continuously reference reactions that hadn't been covered to introduce new ideas and concepts. Talk about confusion the students! At the end of the day, it finally occurred to me that there is a reason why we teach organic with the functional group approach. . . because it works!
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The book is great for science majors, despite that it is geared towards High school students. My college switched to this book from the Solomon and Fryhle textbook. I admit that I was very scared of Organic Chemistry and had to take the class twice. I used this book the second time and it's not that the book waters things down, but makes the topic more approachable. It explains things clearly and not with a tone that many Science book authors use of assuming you should know this or that. The book uses language understandable by any ordinary and average student like me, and this made me very comfortable at actually attempting to succeed the second time. I actually received an A in the course and understood the material as I should have. For the second half of Organic Chemistry, O-Chem 2, I switched back to the Solomon and Fryhles and because I knew the functional groups and the theory, I was quite unafraid of using such book. My opinion changed on the Solomon and Fryhle book, and I render both books to be top notch. However, Fox gets five stars for making O-Chem a breeze.
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