Organic Chemistry : An Introduction Emphasizing Biological Connections (Preliminary Edition) / Edition 1 available in Paperback
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- Houghton Mifflin Company College Division
Since organic chemistry does not draw heavily on quantitative problem-solving, teaching organic chemistry in the first year can help students with weak math backgrounds. The text successfully integrates the biological applications of chemistry early on, so life science majors are better prepared for lab work, summer internships, and undergraduate research work.
- The book's content assumes no previous college-level chemistry. As the only book on the market designed to teach basic chemical concepts within the context of organic chemistry, the pace is suited to mainstream freshman classes, with background material introduced only as needed.
- The text has a cohesive narrative that emphasizes conceptual learning. Organic Chemistry for First-Year Students overcomes the disjointedness often associated with general chemistry courses by presenting a story line that threads its concepts together to help students learn ideas rather than memorize material. Everything builds on what came before.
- Organic chemistry has minimal math. Students learn about chemistry on a qualitative level before trying to apply equations, because equations make more sense when there is a factual and intellectual framework on which to hang them.
- Worked out example problems lead students carefully through the reasoning process.
- Since it is geared to biologists, the text focuses less on the traditional material of sophomore organic chemistry and concentrates onlyon that material needed to learn biological processes.
- The book covers the applications of organic chemistry throughout, rather than relegating them to a few chapters near the end. This approach continually reinforces and builds upon students' learning of key concepts and the real-world applications of chemistry.