" Those familiar with previous editions of Addison Ault's book will be pleased to see that the sixth
edition is still an excellent text for the introductory organic chemistry
laboratory...Ault's book is full of experiments that use "interesting"
compounds, compounds with which students are likely to be familiar. Those
new to Ault's text will find a well written laboratory manual that clearly
reflects that author's years of experience. It is thorough, describing all
the common lab techniques in Part 1 and giving concise, well-written directions
for experiments in Part 2. The experiments provide an excellent
representation of all the important reactions in a typical course. In fact, for
most types of reactions there are several experiments from which to choose. Most
experiments are written at the few- to several-gram scale, so that waste is
minimized, but the esthetics of organic chemistry is maintained... Ault's book
is an excellent text."
--Journal of Chemical Education
text merits careful consideration by organic chemistry laboratory
--Science Books & Films
"I found this book to be very informative...It contains scores of practical hints, tips, and pieces of information, which contribute to much time being saved in the laboratory.
--The Chemical Educator
Like its previous five editions, this book is ideally suited for use in a sophomore-level laboratory course in organic chemistry.
Key Features of This Edition:
- Provides information on safety, glassware, lab cleanup, collection and disposal of waste, preparation of the laboratory notebook, and use of the chemical literature.
- Provides clear instructions on how to perform the procedures that are used.
- Appeals to the esthetic dimension by offering experiments in a variety of scales from micro scale to semi-micro and to 5- and 10-gram scale.
- Includes descriptions of the interpretation of IR, UV/Vis, NMR and mass spectra.
- Gives procedures for the isolation of organic compounds from familiar materials such as nutmeg, cloves, citrus rind, tea, cola, NoDoz, aspirin, ibuprofen, milk and gallstones.
- Gives "recipes" for the preparation of organic compounds that illustrate many of the reactions that are discussed in the lecture part of the course.
- Gives procedures for the preparation of compounds with interesting properties: compounds that produce light, change color when heated, have different colors in different solvents, or turn blue in the sun.
- Includes the famous "bootstrap synthesis": the preparation of two molecules from one.
- Includes procedures for the preparation of 7 different compounds from vanillin.