This clearly written presentation of basic organic chemistry techniques is designed to quickly build student proficiency in a wide range of experimental procedures. Written in an informal style and supported by plentiful illustrations, this manual fully explains the reasons for using a particular sequence of operations and offers numerous examples of what can go wrong in each experiment. In addition, it shows how to manipulate and support the apparatus and substances. Throughout, emphasis is on correct sample preparation and instrument operation as well as laboratory safety. All procedures, including complicated operations such as distillation and extraction, are treated in a straightforward fashion.