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Organic Chemistry Books for College1. Organic Chemistry (5th Edition) by Leroy G. Wade, Hardcover: 1296 pages, Prentice Hall
This a highly accessible fashion, this top-selling book bridges the gap between conceptual understanding and actual application, while strongly emphasizing the development of problem-solving skills. The book focuses on traditional organic chemistry topics and offers up-to-date aspects of spectroscopy, relevant photographs, and many applications to polymer chemistry integrated throughout the book.

2. Organic Chemistry, Fourth Edition : Structure and Function by K. Peter C. Vollhardt, Neil E. Schore, Hardcover: 1203 pages, Publisher: W. H. Freeman
A very well-written text, Vollhardt covers basic functional groups in organic chemistry and even difunctional compounds, carbohydrates, polycyclic benzenoid and heterocycles. With very plain language and explicit illustrations, each chapter provides a summary of new reactions and plenty of exercises. This book is suitable for especially students studying biological sciences who need an overview in organic chemistry. Includes chapter integration problems, team problems, and preprofessional problems similar to the MCAT, GRE, and DAT.

3. Organic Chemistry (with Organic ChemistryNow) by Joseph M. Hornback, Hardcover: 1328 pages, Publisher: Brooks Cole
A mechanistic-oriented book written at a level that organic chemistry students will understand! Specifically, the focus on mechanisms is a unifying theme, rather then just an organizing principle. Organizationally mainstream, it is unique in bringing in mechanisms as a unifying principle, and reactions are organized by mechanism type not by functional groups. And now, text/media integration has never been so seamless with the introduction of Organic ChemistryNow.

4. Introduction to Organic Laboratory Techniques : A Small-Scale Approach (Brooks/Cole Laboratory Series for Organic Chemistry) by Donald L. Pavia, Gary M. Lampman, George S. Kriz, Randall G. Engel, Hardcover: 1056 pages
Featuring 66 experiments, detailling 29 techniques, and including several explicating essays, this is a  laboratory textbook for students of organic chemistry, where experiments are designed to utilize standard-scale ("macroscale") glassware and equipment but with smaller amounts of chemicals and reagents. The textbook features a large number of traditional organic reactions and syntheses, as well as the isolation of natural products and experiments with a biological or health science focus. The organization of the text is based on essays and topics of current interest. There are six introductory technique-based experiments and eleven project-based experiments. In addition, there is a section of green chemistry experiments. The book contains a comprehensive treatment of laboratory techniques, including small-scale and some microscale methods.

5. Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry by John E. McMurry, Hardcover: 664 pages, Brooks Cole
This book is written for a short course, where content must be thorough, but to-the-point. It provides an effective, clear, and readable introduction to the beauty and logic of organic chemistry. McMurry presents only those subjects needed for a brief course while maintaining the important pedagogical tools commonly found in larger books. With clear explanations, thought-provoking examples, and an innovative vertical format for explaining reaction mechanisms, it takes a modern approach: primary organization is by functional group, beginning with the simple (alkanes) and progressing to the more complex. Within the primary organization, there is also an emphasis on explaining the fundamental mechanistic similarities of reactions. Through this approach, memorization is minimized and understanding is maximized. This new edition represents a major revision. The text has been revised at the sentence level to further improve clarity and readability; many new examples and topics of biological relevance have been added; and many new features have been introduced.

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