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Chemistry: The Central Science, 10th Edition 10th Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0131096868
ISBN-10: 0131096869
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 1248 pages
  • Publisher: Pearson/Prentice-Hall; 10 edition (February 19, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0131096869
  • ISBN-13: 978-0131096868
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 1.8 x 10.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,455 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Shakeel Dalal on July 25, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I teach general chemistry as both a private tutor and as a free tutor at Purdue University. In my time, I've seen every general chemistry book known to man come across the table. Without fail, though, BLB is my reference text. Like many gen chem books it has excellent diagrams, but in addition the text is lucid, organized, well written and makes no pedagogical leaps that the reader must figure out on their own. It is easy to read and easy to understand and the material is presented in a fairly logical order (I have minor quibbles with some of it). I forsee this book becoming a classic in the future.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Shann Yu on August 15, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I wrote the review below for the previous edition (9), and having seen the tenth edition, most of my subjects of complaints and praises pretty much remain the same.

First off, having maintained contact with my freshman year chem prof, I have to say that she still tells the students that they can easily get away with buying the previous edition. Interestingly enough, back when I was taking the course and the 10th wasn't even released yet, she told us we can get away with using the 8th. I have not seen the 8th though, so no comments on that. So it seems as if there are no major overhauls from the 8th-10th editions as far as my prof's concerned.

I say this is a solid text primarily because of the glut of problems for you to practice on, and the nice flow of information through the chapters. The text is written with clarity in mind, and with clarity it does convey its topics. With well-placed worked sample problems and excellent charts and diagrams, this is a great book to have in hand if you're taking a college-level chemistry course.

However, this book has its limitations in that there are several topics that are covered at the college level that are not really expounded on by the book. For example, the text gives a half-page introduction on semiconductors and how electron excitation works in semiconductors ; we did one full lecture on it. Furthermore, some of the problems that hit you in the form of the professor's custom-made, self-written problem sets occasionally involve problem solving methods that are not even covered in the book. I experienced a fair share of this when I saw application questions that involved a lot more variables than any of the book's questions involved.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Craig Matteson HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on August 31, 2006
Format: Hardcover
While most of the one year chemistry texts cover more or less the same principles, the order varies, the illustrations are similar, but they vary most in the way they explain the material. It is in the vocabulary they use and develop that helps the student develop the intuitions, understanding, and skills the authors are after. This is a very well written text that is useful for non-chemistry majors as well as science students needing an introductory course in chemistry.

I am reading and working through this text with my 13 year old son. Yes, he is bright and interested in science, but the text is clear enough for both of us to be able to grasp and understand the principles each section of each chapter is presenting to us. Not only does this text focus on teaching the basic principles of chemistry, it also includes historical notes in the margins, and the text focuses on the practical uses of chemistry to illustrate its principles through practical applications. While other texts also have these features, I believe this text to be quite accessible to even those without a strong previous grounding in science.

Each chapter begins with a series of bullet points introducing what is going to be discussed along with a short essay. I like the marginal notes and illustrations as well as the "Give it some thought" feature that asks the student a question or two in order to clarify understanding and ensure a grasp of the principles introduced in that section. Like most modern textbooks, there is also a liberal use of color to aid in presentation and guide the eye. The authors also provide occasional "Strategies In Chemistry" boxes that encourage the student to develop a certain kind of thought process and ways in looking at the principles of chemistry.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Lance B. Sjogren on November 16, 2008
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I took a year of general chemistry 25+ years ago but never needed to use it much since I pursued a career in engineering.

Recently I did an early retirement and one thing I wanted to pursue for my own interest was to learn about energy, and I decided it was not enough to just read a bunch of recent articles, I decided I needed to strenthen my background in two subjects, thermodynamics and chemistry.

Based on its reviews here on Amazon, I concluded that this particular text was likely to be the best choice of an up to date Chemistry textbook.

I have been very pleased with it. I don't have the perspective of the Chemistry tutor who is familiar with other texts and finds this one the best, but just judging it on its own merits I find it excellent.

Only very elementary math is needed but that appears to be quite sufficient to get a good grounding in Chemistry. To study Chemistry on a higher level mathematically I suspect would require a far greater investment of time that would probably only be justified if one intends to pursue Chemistry as a career, in advanced research or some such thing.

I am about through page 700 so far, but I think after getting through about 200 pages or so one has enough feel for the book to be able to make an informed assessment of the book as a whole.
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