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Chemistry: A Molecular Approach (2nd US Edition) Hardcover – AC-3, January 15, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-0321651785 ISBN-10: 0321651782 Edition: 2nd

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  • Hardcover: 1224 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall; 2 edition (January 15, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321651782
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321651785
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 1.9 x 11.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (133 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,752 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Nivaldo Tro is Professor of Chemistry at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California, where he has been a faculty member since 1990.   He received his Ph.D. in chemistry from Stanford University, for work on developing and using optical techniques to study the adsorption and desorption of molecules to and from surfaces in ultrahigh vacuum.   He then went on to the University of California at Berkeley, where he did post-doctoral research on ultra-fast reaction dynamics in solution.  Since coming to Westmont, Professor Tro has been awarded grants from the American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund, from Research Corporation, and from the National Science Foundation to study the dynamics of various processes occurring in thin adlayer films adsorbed on dielectric surfaces.   He has twice been honored as Westmont's outstanding teacher of the year and has also received the college's outstanding researcher of the year award.   Professor Tro lives in Santa Barbara with his wife, Ann, and their four children, Michael, Ali, Kyle, and Kaden.  In his leisure time, Professor Tro enjoys reading good literature to his children and being outdoors with his family.


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This is one of the best college text books I have ever used.
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The solutions manual that comes with the book gives answers to all of the odd-numbered questions that come from the end of each chapter.
Matt Lujan
The book does a good job of explaining concepts and giving examples of recently discussed concepts with great illustrations.
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48 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Craig Matteson HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on January 23, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This is a new textbook for general chemistry. Yes, there a quite a number of general chemistry texts and they all cover roughly the same general material. They differ more in how they organize the material, illustrate it, and their method of helping the student develop a solid understanding and command of this basic material. The student not only needs to learn the basic facts of chemistry, she needs to learn how to think about it so when she looks at the world, she can see and understand the issues as they relate to this vital science.

Dr. Tro begins this book by explaining how the text was developed and provides instructions for the student on how to make the most of the book. I liked this a great deal. He starts the book by providing what he thinks is the most important scientific idea in all of human knowledge: "the properties of matter are determined by the properties of molecules and atoms". From there he builds all the principles taught in general chemistry. He also define chemistry as: "the science that seeks to understand the behavior of matter by studying the behavior of atoms and molecules".

Each chapter is organized in a similar fashion and a great deal of emphasis is placed on making the illustrations demonstrate a principle - a process - rather than an isolated picture. Tro also has interesting articles of chemistry in various fields in different chapters and he often introduces ideas with practical issues that will likely matter to the student.

For review, at the end of each chapter he goes over the key concepts taught, the key equations and relationships discussed, and the key skills that the student is expected to have learned. He provides exercises to test one's mastery of the material that the student can answer for himself.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Josh Boone on December 7, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This is an excellent book that gives wonderful examples that clarify confusing concepts in chemistry. Granted, this book does have a few things that are less than desirable (exothermic/endothermic reactions are confusing because Tro does not clearly define what the "system" is; wave diffraction is confusing but that is really a physics topic, etc.). However, the way Tro sorts out problems (sort, strategize, solve, solution, check) is amazing. To truly reap the benefits of this incredible book though, the serious student should purchase the instructor's solutions manual (all reveiw questions and every problem at the end of each chapter). The link to buy this solutions manual is:

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Well worth the cost for serious chem students!
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Balsamfir on May 7, 2009
Format: Hardcover
As a beginning chemistry student this spring, I loved this book (1st edition) initially. The first 5 chapters were clear, easy to learn from, with excellent questions in the back of the book. I really enjoyed it. But then, the book really fell down. It would have made sense to include balancing in acidic and basic media in the earlier balancing discussion, rather than burying it in chapter 18. The text made little sense, and was rather dull, and then the examples did not enlighten. The problems in the back of the chapter were no help on the exam. From there through chapter 10, our class ended up veering away from the text material, so that now, in orbitals and Lewis dot structure, I'm using the web, rather than the textbook. Thank god for Google books and Wikipedia and all those who've generously posted study material out there. Further, it should be noted that there are wrong answers periodically throughout the books, and scientific notation and rounding is inconsistently applied. I suspect a revision or two, with someone rewriting several chapters entirely will make this an excellent text.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Nancy Bedrosian on January 20, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This textbook is FANTASTIC! My favorite feature in this textbook are the examples. Each example is written step by step with instructions on one side, with the problem worked out next to it. After each example is a practice problem which enables the student to reinforce the new techniques using a similar problem. I had a very enthusiastic professor for Chemistry, who had difficulty communicating the subject as English was not her primary language....this being said, this textbook made it easy for me to get an "A" in the course, and also served as a good foundation for my future Chemistry courses. Honestly, a student could easily learn Chemistry from this textbook with little or no assistance from their instructor!!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Dan on November 29, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I am startled by how good this book is. It shows how to work out all the important concepts with ease. There are many images that serve as a tool to complete your knowledge on the subject. It's really one of the few textbooks that can be read thoroughly because it is engaging and written in a concise manner. I recommend this book to anyone who is taking a chemistry course or just wants to learn the foundations on their own.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By K. Petti on September 20, 2009
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I have found that this book wastes no time in getting "down and dirty", this book is for the serious beginning chemistry student. The book is well organized, the questions are thorough and follow logically, I have found only one or two typos since I first bought it (in book terms this is excellent), It goes into detail yet is condensed enough that less useful details are omitted, and beyond all that, I must say to the hard work went into this book...it is beautiful, the illustrations are great, and the graphics demonstrate the times. I think this book will work very well for college chemistry courses (perhaps less well for HS chem but still good). Hope this review was helpful.
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