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June 15, 2012 1118164903 978-1118164907 1
The tools you need to ace your Chemisty II course

College success for virtually all science, computing, engineering, and premedical majors depends in part on passing chemistry. The skills learned in chemistry courses are applicable to a number of fields, and chemistry courses are essential to students who are studying to become nurses, doctors, pharmacists, clinical technicians, engineers, and many more among the fastest-growing professions. But if you're like a lot of students who are confused by chemistry, it can seem like a daunting task to tackle the subject. That's where Chemistry II For Dummies can help!

Here, you'll get plain-English, easy-to-understand explanations of everything you'll encounter in your Chemistry II class. Whether chemistry is your chosen area of study, a degree requirement, or an elective, you'll get the skills and confidence to score high and enhance your understanding of this often-intimidating subject. So what are you waiting for?

  • Presents straightforward information on complex concepts
  • Tracks to a typical Chemistry II course
  • Serves as an excellent supplement to classroom learning
  • Helps you understand difficult subject matter with confidence and ease

Packed with approachable information and plenty of practice opportunities, Chemistry II For Dummies is just what you need to make the grade.

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The tools you need to ace your Chemistry II course

Confounded by chemistry? Now there's a fun, easy way to master the often-intimidating subjects you'll encounter in your Chemistry II class. Packed with approachable information and plenty of practice opportunities, Chemistry II For Dummies gets you rolling with everything you need to make the grade.

  • Jog your memory — get a review of Chemistry I topics that are critical for your progression through Chemistry II, from atomic structure and the periodic table to bonding and gas laws

  • Keep your balance — discover how to apply the concepts of equilibriums from homogeneous equilibrium systems (solubility) to complex ion equilibrium

  • It's electric — dive into the world of electrochemistry and find out how to balance redox reactions

  • It's alive — grasp how biology and chemistry go together in the field of biochemistry

  • It's nuclear — discover the ins and outs of nuclear chemistry, including the lowdown on radioactivity, fission, and fusion, and how to calculate half-lives

Open the book and find:

  • Math for the (chemistry) masses

  • The mole concept and stoichiometry

  • Solutions and intermolecular forces

  • The lowdown on gases and gas laws

  • The 4-1-1 on kinetics and equilibrium

  • A glimpse into the world of organic chemistry

  • The chemistry you encounter in your home

  • Top tips for passing Chemistry II

  • Must-know formulas

Learn to:

  • Grasp difficult chemistry concepts

  • Supplement classroom learning with confidence

  • Tackle problems you may face in your Chem II course

About the Author

John T. Moore, EdD, is regents professor of chemistry at Stephen F. Austin State University, where he teaches chemistry and is codirector of the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Research Center. He is the author of Biochemistry For Dummies and Chemistry For Dummies, 2nd Edition.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (June 15, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118164903
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118164907
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 7.4 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,782 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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John Moore grew up in the foothills of Western North Carolina. He attended the University of North Carolina -Asheville where he received his bachelor's degree in chemistry. He earned his Master's degree in chemistry from Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina. After a stint in the United States Army he decided to try his hand at teaching. In 1971, he joined the chemistry faculty of Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas where he still teaches chemistry. In 1985 he started back to school part time and in 1991 received his Doctorate in Education from Texas A&M University.
John's area of specialty is chemical education, especially at the pre-high school level. He has been the co-editor (along with one of his former students) of the Chemistry for Kids feature of The Journal of Chemical Education. He has authored numerous chemistry books including Chemistry for Dummies, Chemistry Made Simple,Chemistry for the Utterly Confused and Biochemistry for Dummies. He is currently working on a college textbook.
John lives in Nacogdoches, Texas with his wife Robin and their two dogs and two cats. He enjoys brewing his own beer and mead and working with wood. Lately he has been creating custom knife handles and pens from exotic woods. And he loves to cook. His two boys, Jason and Matt, remain in the mountains of North Carolina along with his wonderful twin grandbabies, Sadie and Zane, and his fabulous daughter-in-law Sara.

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive- a fine textbook August 1, 2012
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I suppose I am the most untypical person possible for buying a Chemistry II instruction booklet. I am over eighty years old, have been out of college for a century almost...but I just had a hankering to learn a bit about the building blocks necessary for understanding the concepts beneath everything we encounter in our world. Make no mistake, Chemistry II is very comprehensive and like a chemistry workbook contains exercises that need to be performed in order to reveal the reader's grasp of every equation and formula presented in the book. I have only just begun to plow through the book, but luckily a lot of basic information even I can understand, is given such as the definitions of grams, milligrams, liters, how to covert Celsius to Fahrenheit and vice versa, and many essential mathematical and algebraic equations the chemistry student must know. It's all here at your fingertips.

The non-chemist like me will undoubtedly be fascinated by the chapters on household products-just what are soaps, detergents, hair spray, lipstick, face powder, etc composed of chemically? That bathtub ring is a chemical reaction, but just what? To tackle and understand the very large amount of information in this book, one should have had a year of high school or college chemistry and to progress along performing the pertinent exercises as you go means a lot of study. The book should surely be a fine companion to any classroom course you are taking, including biochemistry and organic chemistry. An interesting section discusses the chemistry related duties of various disciplines such as forensic science, and many students may be able to engineer their work to incorporate the necessary classes necessary to be eligible.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 2 kids in college, they REALLY like this book! August 3, 2012
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I have 2 boys in college that have to take Chemistry as a pre req, they both said this book is a lifesaver in getting refreshed & troubleshooting the areas that the Instructor doesn't delve into very much but expects you to know from the tests he gives! One of my boys asked a professor to explain a step in a problem, how he determined what number to use or something to that effect, all he would say (after being asked twice) is, "You need to be very clever!" No explanation, zilch!
With teachers like that this book is a blessing! Thank you John T. Moore for putting this together for students that want to learn that have instructors that do not want to teach!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quite Comprehensive and Incredibly Easy To Understand November 21, 2012
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It's All There... Atomic Theory, Stoichiometry, Kinetics, Thermodynamics... and even brief chapters on O-Chem and Nuclear Chemistry. Chemistry II For Dummies is quite comprehensive and incredibly easy to understand.

For first year college chemistry students who are unable to make heads or tails of chemistry at the university level, this book will go a long way towards bringing them up to speed with basic to intermediate concepts. This book is best used in conjunction with a college chemistry text. If you're a student struggling with chemistry, my suggested use of this book is: First read the chapter(s) or section(s) in the Dummies book pertinent to the material covered in class, then read your textbook.

For those who are struggling with the math aspect of chemistry, this book will show you how to solve the math problems in a methodical way. However, the number of example problems are limited, and the examples cover only very basic (easy) problems, not problems you would typically encounter in a chemistry test. Still, it helps to equip you with the basic math/ideas necessary for solving the more complex problems.

Chemistry II For Dummies is not formatted like a Chemistry text, which is both the book's strength and weakness. Its strength is in explaining the material clearly and concisely without bogging the reader down with too many details or specifics. Its weakness is it isn't in-depth. For example, it shows how to use the aufbau principle for remembering the order of orbitals in an atom, but omits mentioning the alternative method which uses the periodic table (this method that will show you the important relationship between the layout of the periodic table and the order of orbitals).
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A big help August 3, 2012
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John Moore's "Chemistry II for Dummies" is recommended for college students who have already taken Chem I and will take Chem II. It provides a review of Chemistry basics (SI measurements, basic math calculations, periodic table, mole concept, stoichemistry, solutions, and gas laws) in part I, then dives into Chem II concepts and problems, which include kinetics and equilibrium, thermodynamics, electrochemistry, orgo, biochem, nuclear chem, and household uses for chemistry.

The book is easy to read and follow along, if you already understood Chem I, for the most part. If you need a better refresher on the basics of Chem in general, which covers all of these concepts but in a more elementary way, I recommend a simpler book like Chemistry: Concepts and Problems: A Self-Teaching Guide by Clifford C. Houk and Richard Post.

(This review was written by my daughter-in-law, Jen, who is doing a post-baccalaureate to prepare for medical school.)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Published 10 days ago by ndrwum
3.0 out of 5 stars Book
I wished this book was more help in my chemistry class. It only vaguely goes over topics covered in my class, but its okay for more help in clarifying subjects.
Published 2 months ago by Sara Becker
5.0 out of 5 stars Helpful as a supplement to lecture class
Nice review from Chemistry I at the beginning, then proceeds to clearly and concisely explaining the fundamentals of Chemistry II. Comes with examples, which is extremely helpful! Read more
Published 4 months ago by Jit Patel
5.0 out of 5 stars Very informative
Like most of dummies books this is a good basic book. Good to have it in your library for basic concepts.
Published 6 months ago by Asmarios
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
This book was very informative and help look at all the ins and outs of Chemistry II..Great book to have
Published 6 months ago by Stefani
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good
Very good at helping me understand chem more. It cleared some stuff up and helped me remember other stuff. Read more
Published 8 months ago by susan
5.0 out of 5 stars I got an A!!!
This book was fantastic! It reviewed everything from Chem I and explained everything so simply. It allowed me to look at each concept at different angles. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Maxine
2.0 out of 5 stars Does not help me understand any better.
I thought it would break things down more, but I struggle with chemistry and he made it no easier. It may help others, but did not help me one bit.
Published 11 months ago by sierra
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
The writing isn't as drab and dull as I would have expected for this sort of book. I have enjoyed simply reading through it.
Published 11 months ago by Book Lover
1.0 out of 5 stars Useless
Over one third of this book is actually a rehash of Chem I for Dummies. Cursory glance at Chem II concepts. Not useful for much of anything. Save your money.
Published 13 months ago by d schultz
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