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This book provides an exciting introduction to organic chemistry for students majoring in chemistry and in related disciplines, especially the health and biological sciences. In this Fourth Edition, Brown, Foote, and Iverson build on the text's highly-praised hallmarks of unifying mechanistic themes, focusing on problem-solving, using applied problems from the ...more
Hardcover, 1168 pages
Published October 21st 2004 by Thomson Brooks/Cole
(first published January 1st 1901)
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This is a great textbook. It's very easy to read; chapters around the forty-page mark fly by quickly. The authors focus on mechanisms much of the time, which I think is probably one of the best ways to really understand organic chemistry's reactions. Sometimes you have to skip a few pages to see the mechanism (often outlined in an orangish color) of a reaction they're introducing but that's not too big of a deal. Another thing is that unless your professor gives problem sets to help you work ...more
Dec 12, 2012 Hannah rated it liked it · review of another edition
Recommends it for: College Chemistry Majors
To honestly tell the truth, the only time that I cracked open this book was to do the extracredit. My teacher made up her own homework assignments and quizes. She taught everything she wanted us to know about organic chemistry from the book and I only ever studied my notes. I passed my class with an A. So, am I going to give this book 5 stars? No, but I am going to give it three. When I briefly used it, it was easy to understand.
It is not the best Organic Chemistry textbook out there, but it's not the worst, either. The first half of the text makes the transition from general to organic MUCH easier, but after the first half of the book (about Chapter 10 or so), then the book changes form and becomes difficult to follow at times.