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by David M. Klein

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
Download Organic Chemistry I as a Second Language: Translating the Basic Concepts epub
ISBN: 0470129298
ISBN13: 978-0470129296
Category: Science
Subcategory: Chemistry
Author: David M. Klein
Language: English
Publisher: John Wiley and Sons; 2nd edition (June 22, 2007)
Pages: 384 pages
ePUB size: 1315 kb
FB2 size: 1814 kb
Rating: 4.5
Votes: 620
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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.
I bought this to brush up on the first semester of Organic Chemistry, which I took 5 years ago, in preparation for taking the second semester this year. It is written in clear, easy-to-understand language, sometimes using analogies (for example: molecules with resonance structures are like fruit. A nectarine simultaneously combines qualities of peaches and plums; likewise, the molecule simultaneously combines qualities of 2 resonance structures). It gives a couple of examples of each concept, then sets you loose on some problems (with the answers provided in the back) -- not a lot of practice problems, but I think it was enough to really familiarize myself with the topic. It seems to cover the most fundamental concepts in Organic Chemistry, and although it doesn't delve into "extraneous" detail that you might ultimately need to know, it does give very helpful shortcuts to solving problems and understanding concepts.

This probably can't replace a textbook, but is an excellent review and will definitely help you learn the material.
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-makes learning o-chem easier
-compliments the subjects that you learn in class
-easy to understand

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I highly recommend purchasing this book to compliment yourself with organic chemistry.
The problem with organic chemistry is that there is so much information to know in such little time.
This book summarizes the main points of the subject and gives you the big picture. By not getting
this book you are putting yourself in a disadvantage. This book really helped me a lot while I took
organic chemistry myself. I would recommend this book to every organic chemistry student because
not only will it help them with tests, but it will actually help them learn the subject.

Review by Anthony Sarmiento
Organic Chemistry can be a hard subject, but this book shows it doesn't need to be as hard as it is often made in lectures. This book makes all of the information infinitely more accessible than my professor did, and has done wonders for my understanding of the underlying concepts.

However, I also feel I have to say that this book alone is not enough. While it has practice problems interspersed frequently with the explanations (which is great) it doesn't have enough of them. This is all fine, as the book itself never claims to be anything more than a supplement, and I'm not sure if more practice problems would have actually made the book better. They may have ruined the flow that makes the book so readable. As such I'm not deducting stars for that, but keep in mind that you WILL need to do the practice problems in your textbook as well.

As I said before, this is just a supplement, so you will still need to go to lecture as well, and probably at least give your textbook a light going over. It seems to me that it's be best to read this book, and not the textbook, before going to lectures, to have a solid understanding of the material to be reinforced by your professor. I would also recommend that you look at your textbook and do all of the practice problems after lecture, because that's what's worked best for me so far. Just keep in mind that ochem does require that you practice. A lot. This book just makes it easier.