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Chemistry: Concepts and Problems: A Self-Teaching Guide [Paperback]

Clifford C. Houk , Richard Post
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March 9, 1996 0471121207 978-0471121206 2
CHEMISTRY SECOND EDITION

The fast, easy way to master the fundamentals of chemistry

Have you ever wondered about the differences between liquids, gases, and solids? Or what actually happens when something burns? What exactly is a solution? An acid? A base? This is chemistry--the composition and structure of substances composing all matter, and how they can be transformed. Whether you are studying chemistry for the first time on your own, want to refresh your memory for a test, or need a little help for a course, this concise, interactive guide gives you a fresh approach to this fascinating subject. This fully up-to-date edition of Chemistry: Concepts and Problems:
* Has been tested, rewritten, and retested to ensure that you can teach yourself all about chemistry
* Requires no prerequisites
* Lets you work at your own pace with a helpful question-and-answer format
* Lists objectives for each chapter--you can skip ahead or find extra help if you need it
* Reinforces what you learn with chapter self-tests

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From the Back Cover

CHEMISTRY SECOND EDITION

The fast, easy way to master the fundamentals of chemistry

Have you ever wondered about the differences between liquids, gases, and solids? Or what actually happens when something burns? What exactly is a solution? An acid? A base? This is chemistry—the composition and structure of substances composing all matter, and how they can be transformed. Whether you are studying chemistry for the first time on your own, want to refresh your memory for a test, or need a little help for a course, this concise, interactive guide gives you a fresh approach to this fascinating subject. This fully up-to-date edition of Chemistry: Concepts and Problems:

  • Has been tested, rewritten, and retested to ensure that you can teach yourself all about chemistry
  • Requires no prerequisites
  • Lets you work at your own pace with a helpful question-and-answer format
  • Lists objectives for each chapter—you can skip ahead or find extra help if you need it
  • Reinforces what you learn with chapter self-tests

About the Author

CLIFFORD C. HOUK holds a Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry and is Professor of Health Science at Ohio University.

RICHARD POST is Assistant Dean and Director of Instructional Media and Technology Services at Ohio University.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 2 edition (March 9, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471121207
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471121206
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 7.5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,705 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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160 of 163 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Chemistry - no problem! September 28, 2003
By Eve
Format:Paperback
I bought the self-teach book 'Chemistry Concepts & Problems' to help with my preparations for a medical entry exam and it is great! It is filled with questions, questions, questions & more questions (and answers of course!) and is a great overview of Chemistry up to grade 12/first year university. It is very easy to understand and learn from.
My only complaint is that immediately under each question is the answer, so you've seen the answer before you can even think about it! Why not put the answers at the back of the book like every other textbook? (This is why I deducted a star). [There are some 'self-tests' which don't have the answers immediately after the question, but I would have preferred no answers until the end, all the way through the book].
This aside, I have, and continue to learn a lot with it.
If you are looking for an easy to understand chemistry textbook as a refresher or to compliment your current chemistry course - go ahead - it's worth the money.
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116 of 118 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great book March 23, 1998
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I am going back to school in the fall to start Pre-med. I hadn't taken chemistry since high school (my previous B.S. was in the arts, not science!) so I figured I'd review the basics to give myself a head start on my classes. This book is even better than I expected. It doesn't only contain information to read, it also allows you to interact with the material, solving problems, answering questions, and working formulas. Because learning by actually doing is so effective, this book has taught me more than I would have thought possible. I now feel more prepared for my courses, and am looking for more books in this series to give me a similar boost with calculus and biology. I highly recommend it. It makes a challenging subject very clear and understandable.
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91 of 95 people found the following review helpful
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As a teacher myself (but one who knows nothing about chemistry), I must comment on this excellent book. It is clear, organized, and well-written. The authors have taken a difficult subject and made it understandable. I feel as though I am much better prepared for the college chemistry course I'll be taking in a few months - and I even think I will enjoy it! Thank you for this great little book!
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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great for tutoring with July 17, 2006
Format:Paperback
I bought three different books to use this summer to tutor a high school student in Chemistry before she goes into the class in the fall. This one is by far the best. It is clear, concise, well-written, with good exercises and good explanations. It would be nice if it had a few more exercises so she could get a lot of practice, but other than that, I'm finding it an excellent resource.
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46 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exactly what it promises May 12, 1999
Format:Paperback
This book will just do what it promises: teach you the basics of chemistry. This is tailored so that even one who knows nothing about chemistry can learn (and even if he is a bit dumb!). Lately, the price is very low.
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful! One of the best teaching books in print July 30, 1997
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
This book is set up in a way that reinforces the concepts you have just learned. For those of us that are unable to see the trees through the forest, this book will not only show you the trees, but it gives you land marks to find your way around, back, and through. And amazingly enough, the forest is not such a scarry place after all. A great book for the first time chemistry student
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69 of 77 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book, but only for fundamental chemistry. November 10, 2000
Format:Paperback
I am in a chemistry class this year and I am using a book titled "Chemistry" by Raymond Chang. I decided to buy this book as a reference as my textbook has trouble explaining some of the concepts and problems. When I received this book, I noticed that it only covered up to about chapter 8 in my 32 chapter textbook. Although it only explains the fundamentals of chemistry, this book does do a good job explaining those parts.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Chemistry we all can understand March 5, 2003
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An excellent book for those taking a chemistry course or those who need to be refreshed for an upcoming comprehensive exam. It is straight forward, to the point. This book contains subjects that are most likely to appear on exams. It adds simplicity, if possible, to chemistry. A well deserved investment if you want to improve your grade.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Answers are written at the end of each problem
I got this for my daughter who is taking chemistry. It's not much use when the answers are written at the end of each problem. Read more
Published 19 days ago by Sara Doyle
2.0 out of 5 stars Brought it for my daughter
She fell behind in her 9th grade chemistry class and they did not see to have a text. This did not cover all the concepts that she was covering. The explanations were lame. Read more
Published 1 month ago by singhhp
5.0 out of 5 stars This was a good buy
I got this to help in a course I will be taking in the fall and it helps a lot! It is a great book and came in a great amount of time!
Published 1 month ago by april
5.0 out of 5 stars It will be very helpful
It will be very helpful once I start classes again in chemistry. I read some of the book and it helped me understand things I could not before.
Published 2 months ago by Kimberly
3.0 out of 5 stars ITS GOOD BOOK
THIS IS A HELPFUL BOOK. BUT THE TOPICS COVERED ARE REALLY MINIMAL IN NUMBER. NOT THE WHOLE GENERAL CHEMISTRY TOPICS ARE COVERED IN THIS BOOK WHICH I THOUGHT IT WOULD BE. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Subha Pratihar
5.0 out of 5 stars A great teacher!!!!
Learning by yourself,need additional info. for a class? Look no further! This book helps make for you what might not be intuitive---intuitive.
Published 4 months ago by Gretchen
4.0 out of 5 stars great condition, very good study material
I bought this book because i wanted to review chemistry before taking a major exam. this book got to the imporant stuff quickly and did not drag things on or make them more... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Anahi Retana
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I purchased this book for grandchildren and it really helped them a lot. I would recommend this book to all.
Published 5 months ago by Brenda S. Geist
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book
I used this book to reinforce the lectures. It breaks it down and you can easily apply it to your course teachings. I only wish I had ordered it earlier in the semester.
Published 6 months ago by Monica Preciado
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy it. Good self-teaching and study guide for Beginning Chemistry.
Excellent book for self study. Easy. Good problems, tests. Simple explanations and comprehensive for an introductory for begining chemistry study.
Published 7 months ago by paige deplume
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