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Organic Chemistry

3.84  ·  Rating Details ·  385 Ratings  ·  35 Reviews
John McMurry's international best-seller is widely and consistently praised as the most clearly written book on the market. Why? In John McMurry's words: "I have been asked hundreds of times over the past ten years why I wrote this book. I wrote this book because I love writing. I get great pleasure and satisfaction from taking a complicated subject, turning it around ...more
Hardcover, 1376 pages
Published January 1st 2004 by Brooks/Cole (first published October 1987)
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Aug 16, 2008 Steven rated it it was ok
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It's okay as a reference, but there are some problems and discrepancies between the text (written by the author) and some of the text problems (written by the author's wife, who is also an organic chemist). Their biggest disagreement reveals itself in the section on substitution patterns and benzene rings. Thankfully, my professor gave us some absolutes about this topic, thus avoiding any possible confusion.

So if this textbook is required for your organic chemistry class, find a good lecturer an
I appreciate how McMurry explains the concepts of the book, although what I do not appreciate was the excessive details he needed to mention in each chapter. It appeared to me as if these unnecessary info were written there just to serve as fillers. I would've appreciated it if he wrote the concepts in a straightforward way. Details are good to serve as examples but unnecessary ones just make the text dragging.
Dec 13, 2014 Donna rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I am taking credit for reading this thing. If I have to trudge through it 15+ weeks I am going to take credit for it.

So far it has been pretty far as textbooks go. Explanations are clear, LOTS of exercises so I can work on things I'm unsure about & I got the study guide w/ it so I've got back up for the problems.

I'll let you know how it ends...haha.

12/12/14 End of the semester & end of my affair w/ O Chem. One thing I've learned about Organic Chemistry is...wait for it...Carbon
Sep 05, 2009 Jen rated it really liked it
I have never been one to have the discipline to actually read textbooks, but for this class I turned to the text out of desperation. I was pleasantly surprised. Unlike most science texts, McMurray's Organic Chemistry is not a bad read. It is clear to understand, with good written, and visual examples of concepts. There are practice problems throughout the chapters, as well as a series of exercises at the end of each chapter. I found doing the exercises at the end of each section to be very ...more
Jun 22, 2013 Iben rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read Organic Chemistry on my first year studies of chemistry at the university.
It is a book that easily explains the basics of the organic side of the subject and then moves on to the uses of this basic knowledge.
It is a great guide to formulating synthesis of many compounds. The wast pool of things that are importent to know are easily found and easy to use in many situations.

This book made the choice between organic and inorganic chemistry an easy one. I chose organic.

I would definetly rec
Organic Chemistry 1 was absolute agony for me but completely necessary to understand most of Organic Chemistry 2, which was overall better. Spectroscopy and stereochemistry, die in a fire. Carbonyl and aromatic compounds are cool with me. But mostly Ochem and I have a very strained relationship, which is not really the fault of this textbook which is fine and more helpful than most of the organic chemistry supplemental texts that I've looked at. Hopefully by next week I never have to look at you ...more
Aug 21, 2008 Ryan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people studying for the DAT
I had to read this book for Organic Chemistry. As far as textbooks go, this one was easy to understand and very well laid out. It is also one of the books that the Organic Chemistry section of the Dental Admissions Test is taken from, so I was lucky to use it in my class. Overall, I'd say I didn't really enjoy it (because of the subject matter), but for a textbook it was easy to learn from.
Apr 03, 2008 Rene rated it really liked it
chemistry sucks, but if you read this text carefully, you'll get it.
Professors should be required to write a book before they teach. there will always be too much information to learn, and not enough time for the professor to teach it to you. But I don't know, I've come to rather enjoy this book :)
Oct 24, 2015 Chen rated it really liked it
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UBC, Chem 233 - Organic Chemistry for the Biological sciences. Easy read, easy concepts. Chem 233 is nothing in comparison to Chem 203 in terms of difficulty, depth of theory, required understanding, application in problems.
Jun 23, 2014 Flora rated it it was amazing
The text was very readable and engaging, not at all flat and boring like most textbooks that I've read. The graphics are also incredibly helpful in envisioning the mechanisms and activity at the molecular level. I would definitely highly recommend this text for studying Organic Chemistry.
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May 08, 2007 Laurel Roberts is currently reading it
Recommends it for: dweebs
The overall sequence of 1) Dieckmann cyclization, 2) beta-ketone ester alkylation, and 3) decarboxylation is an excellent method for preparing 2-substituted cylcohexanones and cylclopentanones!

But I still don't know what double resonance spin-spin decoupling is... grrrrr.
Aug 07, 2010 Katie added it
Our most recent exploration includes Grignard (R'MgX) and Gilman (CH3Li?) reagents with aromatic rings.....
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Jun 16, 2012 Ben rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loathing organic chemistry may bias my opinion, but, I was pretty happy with how this book explored concepts and generally found it understandable.
Jun 06, 2008 Usedxxx rated it it was amazing
a big organic book with all you need in chemistry cis-trans,reaction,sterochemistry,and all you need about amino acids and chear boat conformation
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