Student Study Guide and Solutions Manual t/a Organic Chemistry, 1st Edition Binder Ready Version / Edition 1

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This text is an unbound, binder-ready edition.       

Students often say, I studied 40 hours for this exam and I stilldidnt do well. Where did I go wrong? Most instructors hear thiscomplaint every year. In many cases, it is true that the studentinvested countless hours, only to produce abysmal results. Often,inefficient study habits are to blame. The important question is:why do so many students have difficulty preparing themselves fororganic chemistry exams? There are certainly several factors atplay here, but perhaps the most dominant factor is a fundamentaldisconnect between what students learn and the tasks expected ofthem. To address the disconnect in organic chemistry instruction,David Klein has developed a textbook that utilizes a skills-basedapproach to instruction. The textbook includes all of the conceptstypically covered in an organic chemistry textbook, but specialemphasis is placed on skills development to support these concepts.This emphasis upon skills development will provide students with agreater opportunity to develop proficiency in the key skillsnecessary to succeed in organic chemistry.   As an example,resonance structures are used repeatedly throughout the course, andstudents must become masters of resonance structures early in thecourse. Therefore, a significant portion of Chapter 1 is devoted todrawing resonance structures.    

Two chapters (6 and 12) are devoted almost entirely to skilldevelopment. Chapter 6 emphasizes skills that are necessary fordrawing mechanisms, while Chapter 12 prepares the student forproposing syntheses.  In addition, each chapter containsnumerous Skillbuilders, each of which is designed to foster aspecific skill. Each skillbuildercontains three parts:   1.Learn the Skill: a solved problem that demonstrates a particularskill;   2. Practice the Skill: numerous problems (similar tothe solved problem) that give the students an opportunity topractice and master the skill;   3. Apply the Skill: one ortwo more-challenging problems in which the student must apply theskill in a slightly different environment. These problems includeconceptual, cumulative, and applied problems that encouragestudents to think out of the box. Sometimes problems thatforeshadow concepts introduced in later chapters are also included.  AllSkillBuilders are visually summarized at the end of eachchapter (Skillbuilder review), followed by a list of suggestedin-chapter and end-of-chapter practice problems.  

David Klein is a lecturer at Johns Hopkins University where heteaches Organic and General Chemistry. He is a dynamic and creativeteacher and uses analogy to help students grasp difficult topics.Kleins unique informal voice and manner of presentation helpstudents truly master key topics in this course. He is also theauthor of Organic Chemistry as a Second Language and GeneralChemistry as a Second Language, which have both been highlysuccessful.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470926611
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/28/2010
  • Edition description: Solution M
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 720
  • Sales rank: 1,226,608
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 1.50 (d)

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