Chemistry Made Simple and over one million other books are available for Amazon Kindle. Learn more
  • List Price: $13.95
  • Save: $1.41 (10%)
FREE Shipping on orders over $35.
Only 5 left in stock (more on the way).
Ships from and sold by
Gift-wrap available.
Chemistry Made Simple has been added to your Cart
Condition: Used: Good
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See all 2 images

Chemistry Made Simple Paperback – January 11, 2005

See all 3 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
"Please retry"
Library Binding
"Please retry"
"Please retry"
$5.49 $0.01

Best Books of the Year
See the Best Books of 2014
Looking for something great to read? Browse our editors' picks for 2014's Best Books of the Year in fiction, nonfiction, mysteries, children's books, and much more.
$12.54 FREE Shipping on orders over $35. Only 5 left in stock (more on the way). Ships from and sold by Gift-wrap available.

Frequently Bought Together

Chemistry Made Simple + Biology Made Simple + Physics Made Simple (Made Simple (Broadway Books))
Price for all three: $34.72

Buy the selected items together

Best Books of the Month
Best Books of the Month
Want to know our Editors' picks for the best books of the month? Browse Best Books of the Month, featuring our favorite new books in more than a dozen categories.

Product Details

  • Series: Made Simple
  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Three Rivers Press; Revised edition (January 11, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0767917022
  • ISBN-13: 978-0767917025
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 0.7 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #140,570 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From the Inside Flap

See the world, one molecule at a time.

Chemistry helps us understand not only the world around us, but also our own bodies. CHEMISTRY MADE SIMPLE makes it fun. Each chapter has practice problems with complete solutions that reinforce learning. A glossary of chemical terms, the modern periodic table, and detailed illustrations throughout make this the best introduction to one of the most studied of all sciences.

Topics covered include:

*the Scientific Method
*the structure and properties of matter
*laws of chemistry
*gases, liquids, and solids
*the atmosphere
*organic chemistry
*nuclear chemistry
*the environment

Look for these Made Simple titles

Accounting Made Simple
Arithmetic Made Simple
Astronomy Made Simple
Biology Made Simple
Bookkeeping Made Simple
Business Letters Made Simple
Earth Science Made Simple
English Made Simple
French Made Simple
German Made Simple
Ingles Hecho Facil
Investing Made Simple
Italian Made Simple
Latin Made Simple
Learning English Made Simple
Mathematics Made Simple
The Perfect Business Plan Made Simple
Philosophy Made Simple
Physics Made Simple
Psychology Made Simple
Sign Language Made Simple
Spelling Made Simple
Statistics Made Simple
Your Small Business Made Simple

About the Author

JOHN T. MOORE, Ed.D., is an associate professor of chemistry at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas. Among numerous speaking and publication credits, he is also the author of Chemistry for Dummies.

Customer Reviews

3.7 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Tim on December 21, 2010
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
as a professor, i evaluate quite a few texts, and they all seem to blur together. there are essentially no significant differences between the vast majority of new texts that continue to come out year after year. every author seems hell-bent on out-doing the others when it comes to including the latest and most complete theoretical treatment of every last aspect of chemistry. that's good for a text intended to be used in a course that is required for chem majors. yet a great many of these texts are allegedly intended for something completely different. there are chemistry courses that are required of students majoring in other areas of science, who need just a little bit of chemistry as background. and for this type of course, virtually all of the modern texts have missed the mark completely. they are so detailed, so focused on abstract theoretical concepts and involved mathematical calculations, that the chemistry has gotten completely lost. there simply isn't enough time to cover both advanced theoretical concepts and descriptive chemistry in a comprehensive fashion in one or even two semesters. so the descriptive chemistry gets left out. i have seen students who can tell me what an f-orbital looks like or rationalize the shape of an azide anion using VSEPR, but who have no clue what would happen if they mixed vinegar and baking soda together. well, this book is a refreshing throw-back to the days when introductory chemistry texts were rich with descriptive chemistry. not surprising since it is a revised edition of a text originally copyrighted in 1955. the essential basics of theory are presented in a clear, straightforward fashion and logical sequence. then lots of descriptive details are include.Read more ›
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By W Boudville HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 18, 2005
Format: Paperback
The book is pitched towards a final year of high school or a first undergraduate year. Where the latter is perhaps for a non-chemistry major. Moore writes straightforwardly about basic concepts like Avogardro's Number and molarity.

There is also some coverage of organic chemistry. Of necessity, this goes little beyond definitions of the main organic types, like ethers, esters and aldehydes. Organic chemistry has a rich network of synthesis pathways that the text can only touch the fringes of. Yet hopefully, a keen student might be encouraged enough to remember these terms and even venture deep into chemistry.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By tracysc on November 13, 2012
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Around 10 years ago, I almost failed High School Chemistry. Now, I'm taking Intro to Chemistry at a college and am almost failing again so I decided to buy a couple Chem helper books. I bought this one along with Homework Helpers: Chemistry by Greg Curran. So, far I have found Curran's book more helpful and a little more in-depth than this book (Chemistry Made Simple by John T. Moore). I would still recommend it though, especially since you can find it for so cheap. Some readers/students may like the Experiments feature of this book (little experiments you can do at home, similar to what you would do in a lab section for your Chem course at school.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Alexander on April 13, 2012
Format: Paperback
I thought this book was excellent book for Wikipedia/YouTube starter chemist. the book approaches chemistry from a more practical then academic stand point. That said it is not "light reading". He goes in to much of the why's of chemistry. It's a good book if you have a English that knows nothing about chemistry teaching you from a chem text book. This book serves as that missing teacher explaining concepts and offering short cuts that make your life easier. If you are cook book hobby chemist such as I was this book will take you to some degree of understanding. However it will not take you from 0 to hobby chemist but there are plunty of other books and you tube videos for that. The books only drawbacks are that being from 2004 it's not state of the art in it's knowledge and I would have like to see more of it(more explanations for the whys of chemistry). For example the reason why I decided to actually part with my money. is I was looking for a straight explanation of how to turn one those formulas you see on wikiapidea in to something useful as wiki gives you "skeletons" and dose not tell you what proportions to use and what to actually do. well this book actually told me how to figger out what proportions to use making the wikapidea formulas somewhat useful. I have looked for a straightforward explanation of this online, including online chemistry textbooks. As to the second part what to do to cause them to react the book is not straight forward but still offers greater explanations then I have found elsewhere. It's a good book to have and I recommend getting as a additional book to more complex books. The simpler stuff is on the internet. And the vary advanced stuff is also on the internet. Get the book.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
"Chemistry Made Simple" is a broad introduction to chemistry. It includes theoretical background (atomic structure, electron shells, etc.) as well as practical material (such as: the function of electrical batteries, the nature of rust and corrosion and chemical solutions to these problems). The writing is easy to read and a suitably general collection of topics is covered.

Having been published in 2005, this book could use an update. The explanation of the use of silver halide in photographic film is accurate and understandable, but obviously a bit dated at this point (2014). Likewise, the exposition on materials used as filaments in incandescent bulbs will likely become somewhat less relevant as time continues to pass.

This book is written at the high school or college 101 level. Though much practical material is provided, I would prefer to see it expanded.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Most Recent Customer Reviews

More About the Author

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.

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?

Want to discover more products? Check out this page to see more: plutonium 244

Set up an Amazon Giveaway

Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more
Chemistry Made Simple
This item: Chemistry Made Simple
Price: $12.54
Ships from and sold by