Chemistry, often called “the central science,” is an important course for those looking to pursue a career in medicine, pharmacology or toxicology.

Chemistry—the study of matter and its interactions with other matter and energy—is a continually evolving field, and the results of ongoing scholarship provide valuable classroom learnings to the millions of students who will become engineers, forensic scientists, biotechnologists and more.

Here, we look at how Top Hat’s always up-to-date organic chemistry textbook stacks up against the most recent versions available from legacy publishers.

Organic Chemistry I & II

1. Organic Chemistry I & II

Author: Steven Forsey (University of Waterloo)

In Top Hat’s textbook, organic chemistry extends beyond the page with auto-graded drawing tools, instructional videos and plenty of visuals. Built-in assessment questions, including chemical drawings, help students test comprehension.

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Organic Chemistry

2. Organic Chemistry | McGraw Hill

Authors: Francis Carey (University of Virginia) and Robert Giuliano (Villanova University)

The 11th edition of McGraw Hill’s Organic Chemistry helps students understand the subject matter by stressing reaction mechanisms and the processes behind certain reactions. Access to the online platform Connect sold separately.

Average Price: $164 (text only)
Edition: 11th edition
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Organic Chemistry

3. Organic Chemistry | Wiley

Authors: T. W. Graham Solomons (University of South Florida), Craig B. Fryhle (Pacific Lutheran University) and Scott A. Snyder (University of Chicago)

The latest edition of this textbook emphasizes a detailed relationship between structure and reactivity, mechanisms and their common aspects and relates mechanisms to living systems and the world. Access to the online platform WileyPLUS sold separately.

Average Price: $165 (text only)
Edition: 12th edition
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Organic Chemistry

4. Organic Chemistry | Wiley

Author: David R. Klein (Johns Hopkins University)

With methodological exercises and the fundamental concepts required to apply and solve problems, Wiley’s tome also features a skills-based approach to learning. Access to the online learning platform WileyPLUS sold separately.

Average Price: $104 (e-book only)
Edition: 3rd edition
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