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Chemistry: The Molecular Nature of Matter and Change Hardcover – January 7, 2008

ISBN-13: 978-0077216504 ISBN-10: 0077216504 Edition: 5th

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 1232 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Science/Engineering/Math; 5 edition (January 7, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0077216504
  • ISBN-13: 978-0077216504
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 1.8 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #195,177 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Martin S. Silberberg received his B.S. in chemistry from the City University of New York in 1966 and his Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Oklahoma, in 1971. He then accepted a research position at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, where he studied the chemical nature of neurotransmission and Parkinson's disease. In 1977, Dr. Silberberg joined the faculty of Simon's Rock College of Bard (Massachusetts), a liberal arts college known for its excellence in teaching small classes of highly motivated students. As Head of the Natural Sciences Major and Director of Premedical Studies, he taught courses in general chemistry, organic chemistry, biochemistry, and nonmajors chemistry. The close student contact afforded him insights into how students learn chemistry, where they have difficulties, and what strategies can help them succeed. In 1983, Dr. Silberberg decided to apply these insights in a broader context and established a text writing and editing company. Before writing his own text, he worked on chemistry, biochemistry, and physics texts for several major college publishers. He resides with his wife and child in Massachusetts. For relaxation, he cooks, sings, and walks in the woods.

Customer Reviews

The book was in great shape.
Ryan J. Nibert
The writing is easy to follow and the follow-along example problems throughout the book are very helpful for developing a greater understanding of the concepts.
up north
I recommend saving money and buying this old edition rather than buying the 6th edition.
T

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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By "echis" on September 30, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This is a very useful chemistry textbooks for a science student who studies independently. I like this book for several reasons: (1) It is comprehensive, (2) It contains detailed explanatins of WHY and HOW things happen,(3) The book includes numerous worked-out problems, and (4) The book is written in a very readable manner, containing straight-foward language and excellent graphic explanations. I am studying biochemistry now, and I go back to this text very often for the explanation of certain topics, eg. buffer problems. The coverage of organic chemistry is very basic in Silberberg's book. For in-depth coverage refer to Organic Chemistry: Structure and reactivity by Seyhan Ege (ISBN 0395902231), a very good book that emphasizes understanding, not memorization. A note: solutions to all problems in Ege's book are in the study guide.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By K on February 9, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I am currently a senior chemitrsy major who used the 4th edition of the book when I first took general chemistry back in Fall 2006. Since then, the chemistry department has changed the required general chemistry text, and the incoming freshmen have had some pretty nasty comments about the new text (which is not the Silberberg text). Even three years after first using the Silberberg 4 E text, I still find myself looking through it as a reference to fill in the gaps that upper division chemistry course texts leave out.

Acid/base, redox, electrochem, precipation, solubility, and even basic thermodynamics are just a few of the topics this text covers. I am currently using the Engel and Reid Physical Chemistry text for my second PChem course, and the general consensus is that the Egnel and Reid PChem book is awful. Both of my physical chemistry (PChem) instructors have, on multiple occasions, brought up a reference to something in the Silberberg gen chem text in order to help us understand something that our PChem textbook ignores.

I have seen other students post reviews about errors in the textbook, and although there are errors, they are minor and few in number. There are ample examples that are shown in the text, and they are worked out step by step and explainations as to how and why certain calculations are performed to answer the question(s) asked.
I did notice an issue that was mentioned by another reviewer concerning the second or subsequesnt example problems in a section not being asnwered. This is not true. The sunsequent examples are not worked out in detail as they are for the first example, but the answers to all examples can be found in the back of the book, as well as answers for most of the end of chapter problems.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Leicester Dedlock on July 15, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Although this book essentially starts from scratch, I'd recommend it to people who have already had high school chemistry. If you haven't had that, you should still do okay, but you may have to spend some extra time and effort since some of the most basic concepts are only skimmed over. They spend much more time on the material that you probably didn't cover in depth in high school chemistry.

First off, I would say that the book's content is excellent. It is an introductory (sort of) textbook, but it covers most of its topics in plenty of depth (at least as much as you would expect from an introductory general chemistry textbook). Also, the book does a great job at explaining the material in a clear fashion and it provides tons of illustrations. It is a very visual text and the author is obviously aware of the fact that visualizing chemical structures is extremely useful in understanding many of the concepts. This is especially useful in the section on covalent bonding.

The book also provides tons of useful exercises at the end of each chapter. The exercises range from very easy to fairly challenging, but they never seem too frustrating. Generally, I'd say that the exercises leaned more towards "easy" and are mostly just straight-forward applications of the material. Note: If you're having trouble, check out the ChemSkill Builder site. The exercises help a lot and it gives you useful feedback.

Whether it's for a class or for self-study, I would pick this book over any other.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By up north on February 28, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This is a very well-written chemistry text. The writing is easy to follow and the follow-along example problems throughout the book are very helpful for developing a greater understanding of the concepts. I never imagined I would enjoy reading my chemistry book, but thanks to Silberberg, it's not a confusing and frustrating process; it's actually interesting and (dare I say?) exciting!

Most sections are covered very well, though a few could use slightly more detail (I'm about 16 chapters into this text and only 1 or 2 small sections felt "undercovered" to me). Overall, I am quite pleased.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By AspenLynn on November 13, 2011
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I love this book. I'm sitting here studying with it now and I am just so happy my chemistry class uses this text. It is so plain with the examples and explanations. The examples tell you exactly why it does each step in calculations. The practice problems are very helpful. Very well written book, the authors and editors really took their time and did a good job! =]
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