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Chemistry 1st Edition
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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.Read more ›
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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item arrived quickly and in condition descibed at time of purchase (new). Much cheaper than school book store price. very pleased with purchase.Published on May 31, 2010 by s.c.
This book came right on time and is very easy to understand. I actually enjoy the way it is set up.Published on February 14, 2009 by Kim Davenport
I ended up switching my major, but if I ever want to learn the rest of this course on my own, this book will make it possible (it is General Chem 1 and 2, of course. Read morePublished on February 14, 2009 by Amazon Customer