Readers continue to turn to Klein’s Organic Chemistry as a Second Language: First Semester Topics, 3rd Edition because it enables them to better understand fundamental principles, solve problems, and focus on what they need to know to succeed. This edition explores the major principles in the field and explains why they are relevant. It is written in a way that clearly shows the patterns in organic chemistry so that readers can gain a deeper conceptual understanding of the material. Topics are presented clearly in an accessible writing style along with numerous of hands-on problem solving exercises.
I heard a lot of scary things going into my first semester of organic chemistry, so I figured I could use all the help I could get. The good news is that organic chemistry isn’t as hard as everyone tells you, but you do have to do the work, it REALLY helps to have a good professor, and it SERIOUSLY helps to get this book and read it alongside your text. Often a concept in the text would be so bogged down in unfamiliar words and concepts that I couldn’t wrap my head around it 100% – that’s when I turned to the Klein book. Concepts are broken down into easy to understand steps and explained in plain English, and there are lots of mini exercises for each of the concepts.
I am going into the final with a 95/100 average in a class where the demarcation line for an A is often in the low 80’s. I had to do a lot of work to get those grades, but it was made easier with the Klein book. Get it and use it – you will be glad you did.
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