Anonymous post on Craigslist: Among a number of titles for
sale was A Guide to Organic Chemistry Mechanisms, Curved
Arrow Press, Princeton. Best mechanism book ever. Amazing
Last May. I ordered your book and we corresponded below. I
wanted to follow-up and let you know that not only did I
pass Organic this summer, I received a B grade! It was an
accelerated 5 week course, that compressed an entire
quarter of information into 5 weeks. Needless to say, I was
working problems everyday for five weeks. I used your book
Your book made the difference for me. In fact, my professor
is encouraging me now to take two more quarters of Organic
at the Xxxx School of Engineering. So, the methodology,
from my perspective works. I no longer fear Organic and I
am also finding that my Biochemistry course is going
smoother now as a result.
I will make a point of recommending your book to other
classmates. Many thanks!!
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Repetition of reactions is the best way to really learn
them, and AGOCM provides an excellent format for learning
mechanisms as you repeat them.
This book cuts down on memorizing an overwhelming number of
reactions. Don't forget to read the notes.
AGOCM really enhanced my knowledge of organic chemistry and
made the whole process of learning mechanisms efficient and
easy to understand.
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The book just makes sense in teaching how a mechanism
works. Great way to learn and understand the subject of
I loved it.
I really enjoyed working with this book and I feel that it
definitely helped me grasp more information.
Where many textbooks leave out the full mechanisms, this
book does a great job to help fully understand the step by
step procedure of the reaction
I like the separate sections that allow you to grasp the
concept through several steps.
You end up doing the mechanisms so many times that you
learn them without realizing it.
I am amazed at how much I can do already with the help of
your work. just yesterday morning, I couldn't predict
products or suggest reactants for reactions involving acyl
halides, anhydrides and esters. now, it seems sort of
silly that I had such a hard time with these at all.
during breaks at work and over lunch, I have just been
writing them out .... doing practice problems ... reviewing
mistakes, which are not as frequent now ... writing them
out again ... practice problems, etc.
I am moving into amides and nitriles tonight.
tomorrow, on to acid/base catalyzed hydrolysis ... this is
becoming fun ... almost like a puzzle. I can tell
where things must "fit" once I know what they are reacting
with or what they will become. I can see where trying
to memorize reactants wouldn't really serve my
understanding too well. I may forget a step/reactant
working this way.
I really can't thank you enough for helping me.