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The Organic Chem Lab Survival Manual: A Student's Guide to Techniques Paperback – 23 Jan 1997


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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 4th Edition edition (23 Jan. 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471129488
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471129486
  • Product Dimensions: 16.1 x 1.5 x 23.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 948,283 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"It is easy to use, straightforward, and readable. The examples clearly make the desired points. The strongest endorsement for the text is that the students find it useful and like it." "The tongue–in–cheek conversational tone of the manual makes it very favorably received by the students…Students do not have to wade through a lot of text to get the important information. Dr. Lynne Cannon The University of Iowa "The major strengths of Zubrick’s lab manual are his writing style and his sense of humor." Dr. Henry Gingrich Princeton University

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 30 April 1999
Format: Paperback
An excellent book for anyone whos interested in organic chemistry, but doesn't know where to begin. Zubrick's "serious humor" gives the book an "interesting" tone... I'd recomend it to anyone, it's well worth the money!
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By A Customer on 26 Feb. 1999
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I have had the opportunity to use this great manual for two semesters; it continues to be a permanent fixture to my hip. O. Chem can be and is for some a very difficult subject but Professor Zubrick has the rare talent of making the lab understandable and less of a fearful experience. Through his knowledgeable insight as well as his calm but "safety-first" attitude I have truly become an Organic Chemistry fan ("geek"). Thank you for all the laughs and wonderful guidance your manual has provided me throughout the two semesters. I recommend this manual to any O. Chem students, enthusiasts, as well as professors. Hope Professor Zubricks' next manual/book is as enjoyable to read...can't wait!
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This lab survival guide is funny and entertaining to read. It is a must have when writing up lab reports. It is written in humorious plain english, so that people like me who hate chemistry can actualy enjoy it for a chainge. It also hase excelent diagrams of equipment and how it is set up. A great book for all Organic chemistry students!
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44 of 45 people found the following review helpful
Organic Lab Primer For Beginning Students 26 Nov. 2000
By Matthew M. Yau - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This volume provides a plethora of information on equipment and techniques for introductory organic chemistry laboratory. It is best suited for first year organic sequence. A great deal of info includes keeping a lab notebook, experiment glasswares, separation techniques and IR spectroscopy. A particular section that I find helpful and handy is the discussion on jointware. The distinction and usage on different kinds of adaptation jointwares can be confusing. I believe Zubrick's book is one of the few out in the field that actually discusses the use of different jointware. The section "To Grease or not to grease" discusses whether or not to use a lubricant and when to use lubricant. For a novice organic lab student who is both confused and overwhelmed by massive equipment in the lab, this book is the perfect primer. Yet the information might be oversimplified and scarce to advanced student and lab chemist. Coverage on topics like TLC, distillation theory, spectroscopy could be more in-depth and detailed. I recommend this book for beginning students. For more advanced students, they should consult Vogel's "Practical Organic Chemistry".
18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Possibly a little too basic 26 Feb. 2000
By Christopher McKay - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I would recommend this book only for the absolute beginner in organic chemistry. While it does much to inspire confidence in the novice student, some of Prof. Zubrick's explanations of laboratory techniques could be a little more detailed. A better bet is Advanced practical organic chemistry, by Leonard, Procter and Lygo.
23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
A put-you-at-ease manual for a keep-you-on-edge subject 19 Jun. 2001
By "ursaspaw" - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Professor Zubrick cuts to the heart of the intimidating subject of Organic Chemistry. His dry, even warped sense of humor is a welcome break from the usual style found in chemistry texts. This book is worth reading even if you're not taking Organic Chem! As some of the other reviewers say, it is not a daily reference for the practicing organic chemist, but for anyone taking O Chem I or II, it is an absolute must-have! The numerous diagrams help make sense of which part is which, and how they go together. The detail Prof. Zubrick provides is sufficient without being excessive, which makes reading this book actually fun for anyone. His explanations will make you snicker, if not laugh out loud! If you're the only student in the class with this book, keep a close eye on it, it may grow legs. I promise (if you have a sense of humor), you'll enjoy this book more than most others, on this topic or otherwise!
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
MY CONSTANT COMPANION IN LAB! 5 Oct. 2000
By John Fitzpatrick - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book is the most immediately useful and user friendly chem textbook I have ever purchased. Written with delightful wit, the Survivor Manual sent me into lab feeling confident, prepared and ready to relax and enjoy the experience. I used it constantly in pre-lab, in experiment trouble-shooting and it was invaluable in lab write-up. Without it I would have wasted alot of time and effort. Org. Chem. students do not need any additional unnecessary stress and this book greatly lessened mine. I can't think of a time when I had a question in lab that was not addressed in the Survivor Manual.
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
"I love it, I love it, I love it!" 26 Feb. 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I have had the opportunity to use this great manual for two semesters; it continues to be a permanent fixture to my hip. O. Chem can be and is for some a very difficult subject but Professor Zubrick has the rare talent of making the lab understandable and less of a fearful experience. Through his knowledgeable insight as well as his calm but "safety-first" attitude I have truly become an Organic Chemistry fan ("geek"). Thank you for all the laughs and wonderful guidance your manual has provided me throughout the two semesters. I recommend this manual to any O. Chem students, enthusiasts, as well as professors. Hope Professor Zubricks' next manual/book is as enjoyable to read...can't wait!
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