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Chemistry Hardcover – January 13, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-0077274313 ISBN-10: 0077274318 Edition: 10th

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 1085 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Science/Engineering/Math; 10 edition (January 13, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0077274318
  • ISBN-13: 978-0077274313
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 1.7 x 10.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #282,367 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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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.

Customer Reviews

This book was very informative, and very thorough with all material.
Jaelyn
It does not explain things well, and the example problems do little to nothing to help you figure out the more complicated questions that end up on homework and exams.
Matthew E Mason
Raymond Chang's chemistry book is easily one of the best I have used.
rklh

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By rklh on January 18, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Raymond Chang's chemistry book is easily one of the best I have used. His explanations are clear and concise, written in a way that foresees the material to come while still being aware of the limitations of his reader's knowledge. His diagrams are clean and easy to follow, and he covers a broad range of material. The book focuses primarily on broad concepts and tries to apply them across different sections in chemistry. Chang's organization is phenomenal and the book is structured in such a way that you could learn a lot of chemistry merely by reading it cover to cover and solving his problems.
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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Samhara on March 9, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Its easy to generalize chemistry textbooks into three basic categories, there are those written in lay form for people who want a simple, 'straight to the point' approach of chemistry (e.g Malone, Jespersen), there are sophisticated explanations that build up, one upon the other (such as Silberberg) and finally there are definition and formula heavy disconnected books.

I believe that Chang lies between the latter two, in that it attempts to convey a sophisticated explanation of chemistry to its reader, but often comes short of an explanation or two. I have had the displeasure of teaching from this book because at the time Chang's physical chemistry for biological sciences was also used by the faculty. Both books are unsuitable for a first time entrant into either general or basic physical chemistry, nor do they pose as good references at a later stage of study.

Here are examples of why (for someone taking an introductory class):

Periodic trends are often given in shades of the same colour, to people with sight impairment (either due to disability or extensive tiredness) that can often be a source of confusion. The use of colour in some graphs and tables, reduce the value and clarity of the information presented.

The language style fluctuates between an informal dialogue to a set of very formal definitions, which, without practical elaboration end up materializing as a useless string of alphabets with a highlighted box around it. Often the two are highly disconnected.

The chapter of the ideal gas laws is one of the first weaknesses of this book. The variables that make up the gas laws are not well explained in the sections relating to just two terms of the gas laws being compared (e.g. Guy-Lussac,Charles or Boyles).
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By petardonjupiter on July 31, 2010
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I have found this book to be extremely helpful. Ok, so I'm only through Chapter 4, so I'm giving my opinion based on limited experience, of course. but since I haven't studied much Chemistry in the past I was definitely starting fresh in college. This book has thus far provided very helpful definitions, pictures, tables and fully worked out examples. Many students complain that calculations seem easy when the teacher does them on the board. Unfortunately for me, that's just not the case. With very poor instruction coming from my professor, I find myself relying heavily on the textbook for direction. And what do you know? I read through the chapters and solve all the plentiful examples on my own...and ta-dah! I actually learn what I need to!

This text makes a great self-study tool and enables you to grasp concepts and calculations thoroughly. You'll even love finding answers to even numbered problems at the back of the book. Also, the companion website for the textbook is great. It provides lots of colorful animations that really help drive the point home. From my encounters with Chemistry by Chang so far, I would highly recommend it! : )
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A. Baca on November 14, 2010
Format: Hardcover
The language in this book is too "flowery" for my taste. I find I have to read the sentences more than once because the point of the sentence is at the end and then I have to go back and re-read it to marry the point with the introductory language of the sentence. I have effectively read this book twice.

Also there needs to be more in-chapter examples. The examples given are often too easy compared to the questions from the Chang testbank that end up on my exams, so there needs to be at least two examples for any given type of example question, preferably an easy question and an intermediate question, so that way we can put it all together in the harder questions at the end of the chapters.

I have also had to supplement my text with online resources. I do not appreciate having to invest even more time and money into this class given what then text costs.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Chem Student on July 10, 2012
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The book was very explanatory. I found it takes patience to understand the concepts that is being explained. The book illustration of major topics was easy to understand. The step by step solving of mathematical problems was a litle bit challenging to follow, but the whole idea became clearer as I progress.The book is made for someone who had basic chemistry knowledge already.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Orosz on May 1, 2013
Format: Hardcover
the book has good relevant information. Some of the examples are confusing and require supplemental sources. The book is not written in the order in which understanding is most easily understood. Molecular geometry and lewis dot structures should be taught earlier that way understanding molecules and how they work is easier. This is not written for a visual learner. Abstract concepts are not executed in a manner which allows for spatial reasoning.
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