Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Decisions, decisions.

I need to choose a new Organic text for next year.

Any suggestions?

12 comments:

Captain Catalysis said...

Vollhardt.

Kevin said...

Pine :) Still have mine!

Chemgeek said...

I'm sure I can get a lot of cheap used copies of the 5th edition of Pine.

the incomparable mjenks said...

I'm not sure if it's still in there in more recent editions, but the 3rd ed. of Loudon has a reference to Bob Knight's chair tossing on page 1-10 of the index.

I figured if I ever made it to the point where I was teaching organic chemistry, I'd pick Loudon's book for that reason alone.

foambrew said...

UMN TC uses Wade, Organic chemistry 6th ed, with the solutions manual.

I liked using it. Clear and to the point. Well organized too.

http://www.amazon.com/Organic-Chemistry-Leroy-Skip-Wade/dp/0131478710

the other anonymous said...

Join the mechanism revolution brother chemgeek! Adopt Hornback.

By the way, are you going to NO this weekend?

Chemgeek said...

No NO for me (hmmm, that was clever).

When I find some time, I plan on writing a real post about my textbook preferences and such.

Kirk said...

I don't have any recommendations for textbooks, but I highly recommend using the "Organic Chemistry as a Second Language" books as an optional supplement. They don't have enough goods to be the sole resource of an Organic Chemistry student, but they present things in a very clear manner. These things saved me in organic I and II!

Jordan said...

What do people think of the Maitland Jones textbook?

Piesharriet said...

I really like the Mait Jones book (disclaimer: I taught as a lab TA under him). The style is quite informal and very accessible. There is a good section on study skills, he suggests "reading with a pencil".

After he retired they switched to a different book which was pretty awful.

Chemgeek said...

I'm glad you mentioned this text. I realized it isn't in my pile and I can't find it in my office. I think I may have loaned it to a student (bad idea).

hmmmmmm

the other anonymous said...

I too like aspects of the Jones text. So many pretty MO figures!

BUT like most others it falls into the traditional FG organization as opposed to emphasizing mechanistic similarities.

Sorry you didn't make it to NO. Good food, good science, good times.