“ Genre: Science / Nature / Author: Peter Vollhardt / Hardcover / Book is published 2000-12 by W.H. Freeman & Company „
This is a final year textbook which is an absolute must if you intend to progress to a synthetic PhD. Although organic synthesis moves quickly, my copy of Smith’s book still covers the majority of useful synthetic transformations despite seven years having past since the book was printed. This enormous book is well set out into sensible chapters and has several indices, for example “Named Reactions” and “Subject” making reactions easy to find. For lab synthesis, Smith compliments Vogel’s book well as it deals with more complex and unusual reactions. Unlike Vogel however, a trip to the library is required to follow a procedure, as experimentals are not contained in this book. The text is indispensable for synthetic problems as the explanations are frequently more detailed than the original papers. The introductions to each class of reaction are very understandable and the diagrams are, in general, clear and easy to comprehend. It’s a great starting point for explanations when writing papers or theses. I wouldn’t recommend this book for first and second year undergraduates however the chemistry is too advanced. For final years not considering an organic PhD, it’s probably best to borrow from the library, as the book is quite expensive.
Organic Chemistry by Volhardt and Schore is a solid textbook. It is well-laid out and is a fairly reliable source of information . Published by the lesser-known Freeman publisher, this book offers a structured approach to organic chemistry by segregating the topics according to functional groups of the molecules. It gives that basis of the theory, and also has interesting little boxes where the theory or chemicals that you have just learnt about are shown in their industrial or real-life uses. Questions are given throughout each of the chapters, and answers are available in the back of the book to test your knowledge of the subject. As a first year undergraduate I find this textbook quite accessible and easy to use. Obviously the degree to which this book helps you will depend upon the content of your course somewhat; however, I believe that the book will cater to most peoples’ needs quite well. The book is colourful, well-laid out, and to my knowledge is only available as a hardback version. Summing up: good foundations are provided for almost any undergraduate’s organic chemistry course, and this book is an essential buy!!
A-level chemistry is VERY hard, there is absolutely no doubt about it. A good textbook is a necessity, but unfortunately finding one isn't as easy as it sounds. On the chemistry being hard note, a funny series of events happened on my first day of A-levels (Seems so long ago now). First we headed to our physics lesson, only to hear the teacher declaring that Physics was by far the hardest lesson. Next it was off to maths, and a ranting teacher telling us that maths was definitely the hardest A-level, he predicted half of us would leave before the end of the first week. Next stop Chemistry, hoping to hear that at least one of my subjects might be a little bit on the easy side. Guess what, almost the first words that left our teachers mouth; Chemistry is the hardest A-level. So I had managed to pick three A-levels which were all the hardest A-level, surely that must break at least one of the laws of Physics! I actually find that Chemistry is the hardest A-Level, basically because it involves learning so much information. I guess you could just say I'm lazy, but I do prefer having to understand physics and maths rather than learning reams of Organic Chemistry. Anyway, back to the Chemistry, and the textbooks. To be honest I haven't found any good text books on A-level chemistry, but what I find good are a set of revision/course books produced by the board of examiners. Anyway, lets take a look at what is available A-Level Chemistry, Ramsden -------------------------- The first lesson we had Chemistry the teacher gave us a list of books that would be useful for us. The book she recommended to us was this, A-level Chemistry by Ramsden. She said it was the book that helped her get through her A-levels and degree. Taking this as the biggest recommendation any book could get, I decided to go and buy it. All £25 worth of it. For this price I thought it must be good. How wrong can a teacher be? In this case VERY. This is the worst A-level chemistry book I have read, ever. Its structure has no relationship whatsoever to that of the A-level chemistry course, it isn't broken up in to modules, or even topics, just a randomly thrown together chunk of chemistry. And although the title says A-level, the chemistry in here is way beyond anything we do at A-level. I know they say A-levels have got easier, but if this book is anything to go by its a good job. Maybe its just because its written poorly, but the majority of the book has nothing to do with A-level chemistry. Or at least not the A-level I do. Good points with this book are few and far between, but if you do manage to find a relevant section the accompanying exam style questions are good practise for the real thing! Oh and there are a few case studies on things like Chernobyl, which while not even on my course do make an interesting read. Do yourself a favour, don't buy this book. It could be written in a foreign language, and I'd still probably understand more. Other Textbooks -------------- Our school is full of very dodgy A-level Chemistry textbooks, be it the imaginatively named 'Chemistry in Context' or 'Further Chemistry', they are as bad, and boring as one another. Maybe you think I'm just a cynic, but here are the books I do actually like. A lot. The NEAB Syllabus Support Materials ---------------------------------- These books are great (apart from their rather unimaginative names), they are simple and easy to understand, go straight to the point and unlike the textbooks cover only the chemistry that the syllabus requires. As we say, 'If its in the book, its in the exam!’ There are 9 of the books depending on what Chemistry course you are following, they go as follows CH01 - Atomic structure, bonding and periodicity CH02 - Equilibrium and inorganic chemistry CH03 - Kinetics and organic chemistry CH04 - Further physical chemistry CH05 - Further inorganic chemistry CH06 - Further organic chemistry CH07 - Chemistry of modern materials CH08 - Chemistry of colour CH09 - Chemistry of living systems of food They cost around £3 to £4 each depending on if your school or college can get them at a discount. The books all follow the same layout. The majority of the book is taken up with the content of the particular module, basically everything you need to know for the exam. The main notes, diagrams and tables take the bulk of the text, but a nice feature is that the margins are taken up with little notes on certain parts of the chemistry, giving you pointers and things to watch out for in the exam. Then, one of the best parts of the books, each one contains a whole exam paper at the back, one blank copy and one containing the answers. Doing the past paper is a great way to revise for the exam, it really makes you realise how you need to use the correct technique, as well as just knowing the information. These books are a great way to revise come exam time, they can even replace your notes depending on how good/bad/messy/incomplete your notes actually are. Without them I don't think I could have passed my recent chemistry exams, and I will turn to them for help come July and the final exams!
If you are doing pharmacy in the UK (sorry but I don't know about the pharmacy course else where) you will definitely need this book entitled 'Organic Chemistry', by Solomons. this book covers all the basic organic chemistry that you need to know in your first and second years of your pharmacy course. As the book is fully illustrated with coloured figures, you may find some concepts easier to understand while reading this book. In each chapter, there will be questions testing your understandings about that chapter but unfortunately the answers are published as a separate book. However useful this book is in your first and second years, you might wanna consider selling it to Blackwells bookshop after your second year cos you will not be doing organic chemistry anymore from third year onwards.
Chains and Rings - Cambrige modular board . Price : 8 pounds This book has to be the best choice for A level organic chemistry . Even if you are not doing your chemisrty through Cambridge board ( i didn't ) still buy the book . It is excellent I hated organic chemistry and I couldn't understand it at all , I even had private tutor lessons . He recommended I buy the book , and I was so glad that I did . It got me through A level chemistry and I passed . The book is really well set out with easy to read chapters with practice questions and answers and for 8 pounds you really can't go wrong . So if your having problems with your free radical mechanisms or cracking this is the book for you !!! I bought mine in WH Smiths and their are others in the series , covering other aspects of chemisty .
An invaluble book for anyone studying organic chemistry. Organic synthesis is ever changing with new developments in research, but this book is a necessity as its contains many methods of synthesis of many different compounds. The book mainly encompasses the basics, stuff that hasn't changed, nor ever will do, as well as exploring more recent developments within organic synthesis. It is also useful to read as a recap on organic synthesis if you have been out of the field for some time. Definitely useful on those long nights spent writing up organic chemistry practicals! ISBN 0-582-03375-6 Lou