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Carraher's Polymer Chemistry, Eighth Edition Hardcover – October 18, 2010

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ISBN-13: 978-1439809556 ISBN-10: 1439809550 Edition: 8th

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  • Hardcover: 824 pages
  • Publisher: CRC Press; 8 edition (October 18, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439809550
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439809556
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 7.2 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 1.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,462,206 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 18, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I had used an earlier edition of this book in one of my courses years ago and found it to be full of errors. I should have examined this 5th edition more carefully before I chose it as the text for a course this year. I looked at the early chapters, and they seemed to be okay. Since I didn't have many other options at the time and the coverage was at the right level for my undergraduate polymer chemistry course, I went with it. The problem I have found is that the book is full of errors, poorly written, and very poorly edited.
For example, the mechanisms given in section 7.16 would not pass muster in any sophomore organic chemistry course. They omit steps, leave out electron pairs, have arrows pointing in the wrong direction, and show electron pairs moving to atoms that already have a full complement of electrons.
As an example of poor editing in section 7.6, aramids are defined in one paragraph and then defined again in the very next paragraph and then still again a few paragraphs later. It's a though these paragraphs were cut and pasted from someplace, but never read together. Kevlar is also called "Kevlor" in this section.
Some other errors include calling an alkoxide ion a "carbanion", making references to data in a table when the data isn't there, referencing the wrong table in an earlier chapter, and even referencing the wrong early chapter.
I cannot recommend this book for use in a classroom. Students tend to take what is written as the gospel, or they don't have the confidence to question something that looks wrong to them. There are other books that are much better for use in an undergraduate course in polymer chemistry.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 5, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This nominally comprehensive textbook on polymer chemistry is filled with information, but appears to be carelessly edited. Since this is the fifth edition, it may be that material added throughout the editions have been tacked on to existing material without trying to integrate it into the previous material. Many times, the same information is repeated in subsequent paragraphs with different words. I have found many typo, spelling and chemical formula errors in the text.
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I am taking a polymer chemistry course this semester and I can honestly say this is undoubtedly the worst textbook I have ever been required to use. I have the eighth edition, and it seems the publishing company has not bothered to have the author correct any of the errors found but instead just keep coming out with new editions of this fatally flawed text. Not only did I run into all of the problems laid out by other reviewers about terribly drawn and unclear mechanism, errors in editing, etc., but also outright incorrect information. I have constantly been confused as a result of equations that were not typed up correctly and would have terms in the denominator which were supposed to be in the numerator. (e.g. - page 486, equation 4.10, (1-e^{-t/T}) term should be in the numerator - this is a MAJOR error that should have never passed the editing process) The writing is just sloppy to say the least, and Carraher regularly will use terms and concepts paragraphs before he actually defines them in a useful way. For example, on page 493 he states "creep is time dependent and described as follows: Compliance=Stress/Strain where the compliance and strain are time dependent." He never says what "compliance" is, or even explains how this equation describes the creep behavior. This text has served only to confuse relatively simple concepts, and I have mostly learned the material from other sources. This textbook is just an utter embarrassment to academia and especially to the chemical and material engineering sciences, which should pride themselves on mathematical and conceptual accuracy in their reference material. Carraher has his name down in my book as an incompetent sap who apparently keeps publishing new editions without changing any of these deep seeded errors.Read more ›
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