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Organic Chemistry I as a Second Language: Translating the Basic Concepts Paperback – 10 August 2007
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- ASIN : 0470129298
- Publisher : John Wiley & Sons; 2nd edition (10 August 2007)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 384 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9780470129296
- ISBN-13 : 978-0470129296
- Dimensions : 16.05 x 1.34 x 23.45 cm
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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.
This probably can't replace a textbook, but is an excellent review and will definitely help you learn the material.