Organic Chemistry (6th Edition)

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For two-semester courses in Organic Chemistry taken primarily by science and pre-health majors. Wade, organized around functional groups, is known for his student-oriented approach--he incorporates problem solving help (features in green), orientation features (in blue), and complete discussions of mechanisms (mechanism boxes and key mechanism spreads). As always, he explains concepts without taking the unnecessary short cuts that often lead to misconceptions. Additionally, he integrates up-to-date aspects of spectroscopy, bioorganic chemistry (often through accessible margin notes), and many applications to polymer chemistry throughout. The PH online organic homework system, ACE Organic, provides instructors and students a tool that is created specifically to mimic how students do organic homework-by drawing organic structures. This program provides detailed feedback for incorrect answers to enhance the learning process.

Customer Reviews:

  • An excellent book for undergraduate
    Skip Wade did a very good job in explaining Organic Chemistry concepts. Glossary and problem sets put in the end of each chapters are very good .They really help you understand the concept more. I recommend you to also buy the Solution Manual....more info
  • Great Book on Organic Chemistry
    This book was great. Each chapter ended with a nice table summary which could be used as a handy reference if copied.

    I got a C the first semester of Organic Chemistry. Lectures didn't help me much, neither did the course book. Fortunately, I picked this book up in the library and I got an A in the class the next semester, and I only showed up for lecture to know what was going to be on the exam.

    I always recommend this book to any orgo student. This book, along with another classic, Morrison and Boyd.

    Good luck students.

    -Godfrey Degamo,...more info

  • Fantastic!
    The author has done an excellent job presenting the material in this textbook. The use of colored text and invaluable illustrations really make the lessons clear. There is no need to highlight or make side notes (something I often do) because the text is organized so well. The problems at the end of every section make you focus on what the author is trying to convey. By doing these problems religiously organic chemistry is easier to understand and can actually be fun (well, relatively at least).

    Note: I recommend getting a really cheap used 4th edition solutions manual to go with the 5th edition book. There are very few differences and it is VERY helpful in terms of understanding where you're going astray with those end-of-section problems. This manual contains helpful explanations, not just answers to problems.

    Overall "Organic Chemistry 5th Edition" is one of the best scientific textbooks I have ever seen....more info

  • Easy to understand organic chemistry book?
    This textbook is excellent. It makes organic chemistry much easier. The illustrations are great. The book goes step by step, so you don't get lost.

    You should read the chapters in order. The concepts and terminology build up from previous chapters and you'll be lost without them. Unfortunately, all the teachers I've had jump around a lot. The most important chapter in this regard is chapter 6. You won't know what the book is talking about in later chapters without reading this one. The earlier chapters are just as important to read, but instructors tend to not skip them as often.

    Also, the solutions manual could be better. It sometimes gives no information about how the answer was solved.

    Overall, I would definitely recommend this book. It is much better than any other organic chemistry book I've ever read....more info

  • One of the best scientific textbooks I've used.
    Many people enter an organic chemistry course with incredible trepidation, but Wade's book is incredibly clear and helpful. Instead of encouraging rote memorization of reaction mechanisms and synthetic pathways, he develops a small number of core principles from which most of the more advanced topics may be built. The solved example problems in the text are very helpful, and the end-of-chapter problems are well-chosen. I had the good fortune of taking organic from a truly superb professor, but I think that even autodidacts could learn a great deal from this book. Any criticisms I have of this text are very minor (e.g. I would have preferred it if the mechanism for chromic acid oxidation had been given), and it makes the subject both interesting and genuinely enjoyable....more info
  • So good it almost made me wanna hug the book (edited)
    Now I do BMedSc which means I dont have all the time nor the patience to study loathsome texts that are both pedantic and verbose. I am majoring in three streams of chemistry each valid in its own right (Organic synthesis, Biochemical pathways, Analytical/Physical chemistry). So basically I have limited cash to through around buying books and at that have limited time to study the books I get. There is only so much a person can ingest academically without obliterating their sanity and social life. Wade has made life easy for me because it censors itself from all the crap that you really dont want to face in Organic chemistry and saves them for the later chapters. By then you would have established yourself from the earlier chapters and will find it easier to tackle reactions, reaction mechanisms, molecular protocols and this nonsense they call spectroscopy.

    The ups of this book are:

    It isnt too introductory or too complex so it teaches you all that you need and also will serve as a reference later on.

    It has a fine balance of complex problems and explanations to back everything up.

    It has appropriate graphics and very well summarized at the end of chapters.

    I personally suggest that March's Advanced Organic chemistry is a pretty good buy along side this book. That way you dont have a large bulky text you have to carry all the time. You can consult either of the two depending on what it is you are looking for. Now if you want to really save money are too tight then get Organic Chemistry by Nick Greeves et al is pretty good a book, cheap and well done overall; very robust. But I have my standing with this. I personally own three organic text series that I covet:

    This, obviously.

    March's Advanced Organic chemistry.

    The third is an absolute secret lol, well its Vogel's practical organic chemistry.

    March's does a real good job on reactions and mechanisms, so after your done understanding primary concepts through wade you'd just be carrying March's. The last, Vogel's is pretty advanced stuff and is (like the name suggests) very practical. It goes in depth with experimental procedure and theory of experimental procedure; overall this book starts and undergrad and helps you all the way till you start working.

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