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Chemistry [Hardcover]

Julia Burdge
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January 11, 2008 007722132X 978-0077221324 1
Chemistry, First Edition, by Julia Burdge has been created to bridge the gap in the McGraw-Hill general chemistry offerings. This textbook offers a clear writing style written with the students in mind. Julia uses her background of teaching hundreds of general chemistry students per year and creates content to offer more detailed explanation on areas where she knows they have problems.

Sitting down with the art house, Julia Burdge worked with the artist to create the style and major art pieces in her text. Out of these discussions, came the creation of the Visualizing Art two-page spreads which detail a process for the students and provide them with the answer to “What is the Point?”.

With outstanding art, a consistent problem-solving approach, interesting applications woven throughout the chapters, and a wide range of end-of-chapter problems, this is a solid first edition text.


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About the Author

Raymond Chang received his B.Sc. degree in chemistry from London University, England and his Ph.D. in Chemistry from Yale University. After doing postdoctoral research at Washington University and teaching for a year at Hunter College, he joined the chemistry at Williams College, where he has taught since 1968. Professor Chang has written books on spectroscopy, physical chemistry, and industrial chemistry. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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  • Hardcover: 1056 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Science/Engineering/Math; 1 edition (January 11, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 007722132X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0077221324
  • Product Dimensions: 1.4 x 9 x 11.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #752,646 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible textbook July 31, 2010
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Julia Burdge is a co-author for Brown, Lemay, Bursten's Chemistry: The Central Science, 9th edition. I consider the BLB Chemistry textbook to be the gold standard when reviewing a chemistry textbook. Silberberg's chemistry textbook comes in second.

Her 1st edition textbook appears to be more interested in showing you all kinds of math problems throughout the chapters and does not go into enough detail or explain the science and theory that goes on in Chemistry. The theory aspect is really important, especially when you're going to higher level chemistry courses such as Organic Chemistry. There must a balance in a textbook between being introductory and having enough of the detailed information.

Another problem with this textbook is that it is practically a mirror image of Raymond Chang's textbook. Throughout the textbook, many charts and tables have been copied from Chang's textbook. One such table is the solubility rules in Chapter 4, which probably has to be the most confusing solulibity rules chart out of any textbook.

Unfortunately, Julia Burdge once taught at the University of Akron and they adopted her book for 3 semesters before deciding that it was terrible. I've personally spoken with several professors who agree that the quality of the book is subpar. I've also studied with other students in small groups and we've agreed that it is hard to understand this textbook. I went ahead and purchased a copy of both Brown, Lemay, Bursten's Chemistry: The Central Science and Silberberg's textbook and used those instead.

I took both Chemistry 1 and 2 with Burdge's textbook as the assigned book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent substitute for the expensive "new edition." December 19, 2012
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The first edition of this book is so close to being exactly the same as the second, that buying the second is not only stupid but unnecessary (unless it is absolutely "required" by the school you attend). The only variation between the two editions are a few editorial corrections and some rearranged pages. I was able to get an excellent grade in my gen. chem. class. Great alternative to the editions sold at universities!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great textbook! May 13, 2012
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This is a great book. There are thousands of practice problems at the end of each chapter, ranging from easy to hard. However, the book does not give all the answers to the problems. The book also explains the theories and concepts in a clear and concise way. In addition, I find the pictures and charts in the book somewhat helpful. This textbook is better than other textbooks I have read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well written Chemistry book September 17, 2011
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Well written textbook.
The topics are easily introduced and transitions easily from one subject area to the other.
Chemistry is a difficult subject for me but I enjoy reading this book. I actually get it.
This is the best chemistry book I've read in all my college life (way better than those written by your college professor).
The pictures and illustrations are neat, color choices are good.
It's big and heavy but I keep mine in my comfort zone(next to my bed).
With this book I should definitely pass this class.
Good luck with your studies!!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Could not expext more for the price.. February 20, 2011
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Good price for the book, has little footnotes here and there, which btw are all wrong lol. Whoever owned this book surely had a hard time or didn't pass chemistry...but that's just a second hand thought. Perfect conditions would recommend from this buyer again. Thx for the cheap book!
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