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Chemistry and Chemical Reactivity (Available Titles OWL) Hardcover – February 7, 2008

ISBN-13: 978-0495387039 ISBN-10: 0495387037 Edition: 7th

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  • Series: Available Titles OWL
  • Hardcover: 1312 pages
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning; 7 edition (February 7, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0495387037
  • ISBN-13: 978-0495387039
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 8.8 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #86,217 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

John C. Kotz is an emeritus State University of New York Distinguished Teaching Professor at the College at Oneonta. Educated at Washington and Lee University, as well as Cornell University, he held National Institutes of Health postdoctoral appointments at the University of Manchester Institute for Science and Technology in England and at Indiana University. Professor Kotz has co-authored three textbooks in several editions - INORGANIC CHEMISTRY, CHEMISTRY & CHEMICAL REACTIVITY, and THE CHEMICAL WORLD - along with the INTERACTIVE GENERAL CHEMISTRY CD-ROM. He also has published research on inorganic chemistry and electrochemistry. He was a Fulbright Lecturer and Research Scholar in Portugal in 1979 and a visiting professor there in 1992, as well as a visiting professor at the Institute for Chemical Education (University of Wisconsin, 1991-1992) and at Auckland University in New Zealand (1999). He also was an invited speaker at a meeting of the South African Chemical Society and at the biennial conference for secondary school chemistry teachers in New Zealand. In addition, a recent tenure as a mentor of the U.S. Chemistry Olympiad Team, Professor Kotz has received numerous honors, including a State University of New York Chancellor's Award (1979), a National Catalyst Award for Excellence in Teaching (1992), the Estee Lectureship in Chemical Education at the University of South Dakota (1998), the Visiting Scientist Award from the Western Connecticut Section of the American Chemical Society (1999), and the first annual Distinguished Education Award from the Binghamton (New York) Section of the American Chemical Society (2001).

Paul M. Treichel, received his B.S. degree from the University of Wisconsin in 1958 and a Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1962. After a year of postdoctoral study in London, he assumed a faculty position at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He served as department chair from 1986 through 1995 and was awarded a Helfaer Professorship in 1996. He has held visiting faculty positions in South Africa (1975) and in Japan (1995). Retiring after 44 years as a faculty member in 2007, he is currently Emeritus Professor of Chemistry. During his faculty career he taught courses in general chemistry, inorganic chemistry, organometallic chemistry, and scientific ethics. Professor Treichel's research in organometallic and metal cluster chemistry and in mass spectrometry, aided by 75 graduate and undergraduate students, has led to more than 170 papers in scientific journals. He may be contacted by email at treichelpaul@me.com.

John R. Townsend, Professor of Chemistry at West Chester University of Pennsylvania, completed his B.A. in Chemistry as well as the Approved Program for Teacher Certification in Chemistry at the University of Delaware. After a career teaching high school science and mathematics, he earned his M.S. and Ph.D. in biophysical chemistry at Cornell University, where he also received the DuPont Teaching Award for his work as a teaching assistant. After teaching at Bloomsburg University, he joined the faculty at West Chester University, where he coordinates the chemistry education program for prospective high school teachers and the general chemistry lecture program for science majors. He has been the university supervisor for more than 60 prospective high school chemistry teachers during their student teaching semester. His research interests are in the fields of chemical education and biochemistry. He may be contacted by email at jtownsend@wcupa.edu.

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Don't waste your money, just get the older edition.
LEGO
I was very satisfied with this product , little evidence of prior use .
Gillian Barber
The sample problems worked in the text are not done well.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By LEGO on September 13, 2009
For its content, this book is definitely too expensive. The difference between the 6th and 7th edition is that some materials have been moved from one chapter to another. Otherwise, the text is the same and college-level chemistry has certainly not changed from the date that the first edition of this book was published. Don't waste your money, just get the older edition.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Brian Knight on July 26, 2011
I taught an introductory chem course using this book and I cannot imagine that this book has any real use other than as a paperweight. It was not my choice to use this textbook, and, as such, I felt that I should read the text as I taught the class, since I was not familiar with it. Without dwelling too much on the details, here are some of the problems that I have with this text:

1) The explanations with text are often done poorly.
2) The sample problems worked in the text are not done well.
3) Quite often, terms/concepts/ideas are mentioned or used a page or two before they are properly defined.
4) At the start of the book, several concepts are introduced for a page or two, then we revisit them later, in more detail. This is a waste - I should not have to introduce a topic twice.
5) There is too much 'stuff' which detracts from the material that is essential. Either illustrations/examples or details on the topic at hand. Example: in the chapter that introduces bonding and orbitals, there are a number of figures colored to highlight the change in sign of the atomic orbitals with nodes. Why are they worried about (and discussing) the signs on the orbitals? This is INTRODUCTORY chemistry!

Continuing on the theme that this is INTRODUCTORY chemistry, the authors also include material which, in my mind, does not belong at all:

1) Molecular Orbital (MO) Theory. Valence bond theory & hybridization is difficult enough. In my opinion, MO theory should wait until quantum mechanics has been introduced in p-chem. Not necessarily because of the math, but for the idea that the students should have a good enough understanding of chemical concepts to benefit from learning MO theory.

2) The chapter on carbon (Chapter 10).
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By James Jackson on April 23, 2011
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Granted, Chemistry is difficult. This book however, fails to make it any easier. On the one hand, the chapters are confusingly written, on the other, the book occasionally spends many pages explaining how to do convoluted halfway calculations that are supposed to make it easier to do the problems. They confused me even more until I figured out they were not necessary.

One other thing really annoyed me. On almost every page of the book, the authors encourage you to buy their online-support package, saying tempting things like "Sign in for a simulation and exercise exploring this topic". I was getting so confused by the book that I bought the package for 150 dollars, on top of the original book price.

The online component is worthless. It is mostly a condensed version of the text from the book with some cheaply constructed video animations mirroring the pictures in the book. I feel pretty ripped off. 19.99 would have been ok, but 150 is way too high.

I can't help but wonder if the book was made confusing on purpose to drive you to buy the additional online piece.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Danielle Fortini on October 6, 2013
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The Chemistry course I'm taking requires the 8th edition, but my professor told me I could also use the 7th. I saved a ton amount of money purchasing this one, and it 99% the same as the 8th edition (a very small difference in the homework problems, but no big deal.)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ryan Barnes on February 16, 2009
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While the textbook is good in and of itself, it does not come with the OWL subscription I wager all chem courses use. I was disappointed since the copy sold at my school did come with it.

Just something to be aware of if you plan on buying.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By akabaka on March 22, 2013
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big fat heavy book, the spine in the paper back was broken, but whatever it was like 8 bucks. Definitely worth it to buy this instead of spending hundreds on the 8th edition. I cant find a difference! pictures, words, chapters, its good.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Hello on February 6, 2013
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For what I paid I'm happy. I did not want to buy the new edition because it is ridiculously expensive. I compared it to my friend's newest edition and the examples and content are the same.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John on November 6, 2011
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The condition of the book was just as described, if not better, and it shipped fast.
If the online homework and grading system is not needed, this book actually serves to be a MUCH better value than the Hybrid 8th edition because this book still has the chapter review questions printed after the chapters, where as you would need to sign online to get them with the Hybrid edition. Also, I'm not sure if the question numbers match 100% with the new edition, but I have not found a question where the question number was not the same in each edition.
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