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Chemistry and Chemical Reactivity [Hardcover]

John C. Kotz , Paul M. Treichel , John Townsend
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February 7, 2008 0495387037 978-0495387039 7
CHEMISTRY & CHEMICAL REACTIVITY, 7e, combines thorough instruction with powerful multimedia tools to give you a deeper understanding of general chemistry concepts. The book has a long-standing reputation for logical organization; macro to micro orientation; a superior art program; and state-of-the art media, which is expanded in the new edition. The text clearly emphasizes the visual nature of chemistry and illustrates the close interrelationship of the macroscopic, symbolic, and particulate levels of chemistry. With clear writing, seamless technology integration, and robust homework/assessment tools, CHEMISTRY & CHEMICAL REACTIVITY, 7e, equips you with tools to empower the mastery, assignment, and assessment of chemical principles. The text's art program reveals these three levels in engaging detail--and is fully integrated with new key media components. The Web-based tutorial CengageNOW™ generates a personalized study plan to meet your specific needs and includes Go Chemistry mini video lectures and flash cards that offer the perfect quick review for students on the go. Fully customizable OWL is a Web-based homework system that maximizes study time and offers an optional e-book. With hundreds of guided simulations, animations, video clips, and more, CHEMISTRY & CHEMICAL REACTIVITY, 7e, is more completely integrated with accompanying technology than any other text on the market.

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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

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

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 1312 pages
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning; 7 edition (February 7, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0495387037
  • ISBN-13: 978-0495387039
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 10.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,368 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Get the Older Edition! 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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars What an awful text 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
1.0 out of 5 stars Expensive, low quality 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
5.0 out of 5 stars 7th edition 99% just like 8th, except the price! 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
4.0 out of 5 stars Good text, but missing OWL 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
5.0 out of 5 stars So much cheaper than 8th, almost exactly the same March 22, 2013
By akabaka
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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
5.0 out of 5 stars For what I paid i'm happy 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Smooth sale November 6, 2011
By John
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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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Reference book.
The information is all in the book. The homework in the back of each chapter help you get the concepts more than anything else.
Published 4 months ago by Jaime Martin
5.0 out of 5 stars Chemistry and Chemical Reactivity
The book Chemistry and Chemical Reactivity was as described with no tears few marks and little wear on it at an affordable price
Published 4 months ago by Clint Copeland
5.0 out of 5 stars great product
this book is easy to follow, and i still keep it around for reference in other classes, as well as tutoring others.
Published 5 months ago by Leann
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast delivery
Since I did not read the book nor do I have any intention to do so until I need to, I can only rate this product on its fast delivery. It was awesomely quick.
Published 10 months ago by david chayka
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book, but watch out for typos
Well worth the money, the older addition has some major typos which your professor or TA will be quick to point out.
If your taking the course at UCB extension w/ Dr. Read more
Published 12 months ago by book_img
3.0 out of 5 stars Needed for class
I only needed this book for a college course and the book was actually very difficult (for me at least) to understand. Read more
Published 13 months ago by RyanC
3.0 out of 5 stars Very nice quality. For a used book, the condition is near pristine for...
The only problems I had with this one is that one of the covers was rather ripped internally, and the other one had to be held carefully for the other pages to not strain the cover... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Jessica
5.0 out of 5 stars Great General Chemistry Textbook
Good and thorough textbook for general chemistry. I was able to get the latest edition at an awesome price from another student who finished the course so I may be biased. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Quang Pham
1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible
Tried to cancel order the day I placed it and didn't get a message back until 2 days later saying I couldn't cancel. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Unhappy customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Like the book but should have more examples
This book its good but its not the best. I needed help explaining how to work the problems and it wasn't enough examples.
Published 18 months ago by Christip
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