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Chemistry: Matter and Its Changes [Hardcover]

James E. Brady , Frederick A. Senese
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December 2007 0470120940 978-0470120941 5
The image on the front cover depicts a carbon nanotube emerging from a glowing plasma of hydrogen and carbon, as it forms around particles of a metal catalyst. Carbon nanotubes are a recently discovered allotrope of carbon. Three other allotropes of carbon-buckyballs, graphite, and diamond-are illustrated at the left, as is the molecule methane, CH4, from which nanotubes and buckyballs can be made. The element carbon forms an amazing number of compounds with structures that follow from simple methane, found in natural gas, to the complex macromolecules that serve as the basis of life on our planet. The study of chemistry also follows from the simple to the more complex, and the strength of this text is that it enables students with varied backgrounds to proceed together to significant levels of achievement.

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"I feel it would make an excellent addition to any chemistry department's coffee table text."(Education in Chemistry, September 2001) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Offers accurate, lucid and interesting explanations of basic concepts and facts of chemistry while helping students develop skills in analytical thinking and problem solving. Students are taught, in a variety of ways, to think of skills as tools that can be used to solve complex problems. Several aids are included to help focus and inspire student interest--frequent reference to common chemicals in commercial products, numerous photographs of reactions, in-chapter practice exercises following worked examples. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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  • Hardcover: 1048 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 5 edition (December 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470120940
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470120941
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.7 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #530,402 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars this text does stand out from the pack... March 12, 2004
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Format:Hardcover a number of ways. The chapter on stoichiometry is the first one I flip to when I'm evaluating a new text. This book does a better job of providing a conceptual foundation for the mole concept than any other book I've seen. It shows the rationale behind the concept by working a few simple problems with and without moles. The problem setups emphasize strategic thinking by asking students to identify the 'critical link' that connects given information with the problem's goal. The "Is the answer reasonable" checks given with each problem are more detailed and more helpful than in other texts; they help students develop a sense for what is and isn't reasonable in the answer, using alternative back-of-the-envelope solutions that often provide additional insight into the nature of the problem.
The chapter on atomic structure is the only one I've seen that uses the central idea of quantum mechanics (wave-particle duality) as its central theme. It elegantly uses the de Broglie relation to tie wave and particle behaviors together, in the process naturally explaining where quantum numbers come from and why changes in electron confinement in a reaction can lead to color changes.
The thermodynamics chapter is also quite innovative, discarding the idea of entropy as a measure of disorder and instead stressing its connection with the number of ways a state can be realized. A simple model of heat flow from a hot object to a cold object makes the connection between probability and process spontaneity clear.
The approach for explaining and predicting molecular shapes is much better than that used in other texts, where students end up memorizing a large table of molecular shapes.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars ...made when I was born... October 14, 2004
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Students are not assumed to have a previous course on chemistry and mastery only of basic algebra is expected. ... We belive that the level is right for the mainstream general college chemistry course." -- Chemistry (the study of matter and it's Changes ) by James E. Brady and John R. Holum
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ideal for the autodidact August 4, 2009
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More than 25 years ago I took general chemistry in college and then never had a need to use the skills and knowledge...until recently. Now having made a bet with a colleague that I could pass an Organic Chemistry course on the first attempt, I don't intend to lose. I determined that I needed to tune up my general knowledge of chemistry. I checked out several college level texts from local libraries, but found them either arcane and opaque, woefully outdated, or far too superficial. Then I found an earlier addition of [i]Chemistry: Matter and Its Changes[/i] and found it straightforward and remarkably clear and readable. So I took the risk and bought this edition.

I've had this text in my hands for two weeks now and am well into the third chapter. I try to work through 8-10 pages daily and then work through 10 or 15 of the problems in the back of the chapter. Brady and Senese write well and bring a high degree of clarity to the subject of chemistry, and while I am starting to recall, with surprising detail the Chemistry I learned in 1984, I am also learning much that I either missed or misunderstood back in college.

Of course having only read the first three chapters, and not being a professional chemist, I cannot be certain that I am learning all that a chemist needs to know, but having obtained degrees and a doctorate in other fields, I do feel that I know the difference between a well written text and a poor one and I have every confidence that by the time I work through [i]Chemistry: Matter and It's Changes[/i] I will have sufficient knowleged to meet the "instructor approval" pre-requisite and take and pass Organic Chem.

I'll check back in 6 months and let you know!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best AP Chemistry Textbook. October 23, 2011
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First of let me begin by saying. ITS AWESOME! But this textbook goes WAY more in depth than what is required to know for AP Chemistry. Each example is given with huge amount of details and sidenotes. When you are like 10 chapters into the book and can't remember something, the author knows that you wont probably remember and puts a side note indicating "refer back to p-- for this" as a guide. The book makes a lot of sense if you slow down and read it, I personally prefer it over the Zumdahl chemistry textbook, this book has its information right down to the spot, it is so easy that it can be explained to middle school kids. The book says you don't need to know any chemistry before that, and it is right. You dont NEED to know, but you MAY want to know, the book covers so much in depth that it would be helpful to know.

This book MAY be used for self studying for AP Chemistry examination, but I would also recommend buying the studying guide for this book and the Barrons AP Chemistry book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Cut Above February 3, 2009
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I have not finished the book but have concentrated on chapters with information that I have had trouble with in the past with chemistry. So far it has not disappointed and has cleared up some of the issues that have often kept me awake at night. I hope it will continue to do that.
The book is complete in it's presentation of the subjects of general chemistry with extras. It is superbly illustrated and clear in it's explanations and the example sections are superb as well. You can get it cheaper than it's pricey ($160) retail cost but if you have to pay more I think you will find it worth it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars nice!!
I got this book so quick. I mean very quick. I bought it for school and I got it right before school even started. I am very happy with my purchase. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Alyx Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars The best pure chemistry textbook out there in english, but you'll need...
I'm a autodidact. I've dug through just about every chemistry textbook there is on pure chemistry, most published after 2005 but a lot earlier on early alchemy, chemical and... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Maxzis
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I'm learning so much from this book. It explains everything well and I just love my book! The price was great too,
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Perfect for our circumstances. Price was reasonable. Delivery was good. Now my son can save his back, and not have to carry the school-issued book back and forth. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Cathleen M. Korzik
1.0 out of 5 stars Old, Illogical Ideas!
The ideas presented in this book do not resonate with mathematical accuracy! These ideas are repetitions of past theories taught in schools and do not develop new ideas!
Published 9 months ago by Jeffrey Scott Whittaker
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Product
Very helpful with my chem course. It was easily understandable and a great help in my chemistry course. I am very pleased.
Published 11 months ago by Hanjah Roberts
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Book
This book covers plenty of bases in chemical analysis, and is organized very well. The new editions have made great improvements in details and thorough explanations on concepts. Read more
Published 12 months ago by ALEX
5.0 out of 5 stars great price
This book is just like the ones they sell at college book stores for over a hundred dollars. great price! I was amazed to find out the book was hard cover. Read more
Published on October 14, 2011 by p.bsack
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
I bought this book because as a Chem major, I frequently have to refer back to my General Chemistry text for reference. Mine was a paperback and falling apart. Read more
Published on September 4, 2011 by Natasha Schlittenhardt
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Medium difficulty book to read- some chapters are not concise and others leave out important information. Read more
Published on June 24, 2011 by Rachael
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