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ISBN-13: 978-0547125329 ISBN-10: 0547125321 Edition: 8th

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  • Hardcover: 1184 pages
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning; 8 edition (December 3, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0547125321
  • ISBN-13: 978-0547125329
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 8.7 x 1.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,353 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About This Edition

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New Features

  • New "Problem-Solving Strategy" boxes focus the user's attention on the very important process of problem solving, helping them learn to think like chemists.

  • "Chapter 3: Stoichiometry" contains a new section: "Learning to Solve Problems." This new section enables users to understand that thinking their way through a problem produces long-term and meaningful learning, rather than simply memorizing steps which are often quickly forgotten.

  • This edition introduces a series of questions into the "Examples" sections of Chapters 3 through 6 to again engage the users in the process of problem solving. This more active approach helps users think their way through the solution to the problem.

  • "Chapter 4: Types of Chemical Reactions and Solution Stoichiometry" now gives a more qualitative and intuitive method for balancing oxidation reduction equations that is based on oxidation states. The "half-reaction method for balancing oxidation-reduction reactions" was moved to "Chapter 18: Electrochemistry" in order to cover the more complicated equations later in the text.

  • In order to make Chapter 15 more manageable for users, the authors have split this chapter in two: "Chapter 15: Acid-Base Equilibrium" and "Chapter 16: Solubility and Complex Ion Equilibrium."

Additional Features

  • The program's step-by-step approach helps users master chemistry concepts more efficiently by using examples in the text paired with worked-out solutions. In addition, CHEMISTRY includes Margin Notes that provide problem-solving tips and reminders, Step boxes that highlight the main concepts in a section, and a range of end-of-chapter questions. Question formats consist of Discussion Questions, Exercises, integrative Challenge Problems, and comprehensive Marathon Problems that can be assigned for extra credit.

  • Chemistry's unique organization covers equilibria and acid-base chemistry early, and delays coverage of atomic theory and bonding until the second half of the text. The text includes sections on "Exact Treatment of Buffered Solutions" (Chapter 8), "Adiabatic Processes" (Chapter 10), and "Molecular, Rotational, Vibrational, Electronic, and Nuclear Magnetic Spectroscopy" (Chapter 14). These sections provide more depth at a slightly more rigorous level.

  • All of the mathematical operations required for this text are conveniently described in an Appendix or are illustrated in worked-out examples. Knowledge of calculus is not required. Differential and integral notations, used only where absolutely necessary, are accompanied by explanations.

  • End-of-chapter problems called "Connecting to Biochemistry" highlight organic and biological applications. Their structure allows instructors to quickly locate material that will be of particular interest to users in pre-medicine, biology, and other health-related fields.



Explore this title's supplements:

Study Guide for Zumdahl and Zumdahl's "Chemistry" (Eighth Edition)

Student Solutions Guide for Zumdahl and Zumdahl's "Chemistry" (Eighth Edition)

Preparing for the AP Chemistry Examination (Keyed to Zumdahl and Zumdahl's Chemistry (Eighth Edition))


Further reference for this edition:

Download the Transition Guide to the eighth edition of Chemistry.


About the Author

Steven S. Zumdahl is Professor Emeritus at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), U.S.A, and has received numerous awards for his Chemistry teaching including: the National Catalyst Award for Excellence in Chemical Education and the School of Chemical Sciences Teaching award.

Susan A. Zumdahl is now retired from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, U.S.A, where she taught for many years and prior to that she was Director of an Institute for Chemical Education (ICE) field center in Southern California.

More About the Author

Steven S. Zumdahl earned a B.S. in Chemistry from Wheaton College (IL) and a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He has been a faculty member at the University of Colorado-Boulder, Parkland College (IL), and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) where he is Professor Emeritus. He has received numerous awards including the National Catalyst Award for Excellence in Chemical Education, the University of Illinois Teaching Award, the UIUC Liberal Arts and Sciences Award for Excellence in Teaching, UIUC Liberal Arts and Sciences Advising Award, and the School of Chemical Sciences Teaching award (five times). He is the author of several chemistry textbooks. In his leisure time he enjoys traveling and collecting classic cars.

Customer Reviews

It really does "teach you to think like a chemist".
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Zumdahl's textbook is basically for college level chemistry, but should not be used for AP.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Alan T. Burke on July 2, 2012
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These authors have created a "Custom California" edition to try to limit the resell value by artificially breaking up their textbook market into smaller segments. This is a new despicable practice in the textbook sales arena. Not to mention that they are already on their 8th edition. So you know how long this edition will last. Maybe one or two years before they decide they need to rearrange the chapters to generate additional profits.

Dr. Steven Zumdahl works at the University of Chicago, so I'm sure he is doing much better than most of his minimum wage earning students who are trying to pay for his overpriced chemistry book with little resell value.

Everybody knows that college textbooks use shady market tactics to increase sales. However, the Zumdahls have gone to a new low by creating a "Custom California" edition.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ross on December 21, 2011
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This book is horrible. It assumes you know concepts that it explains 10 pages later and it leaves out a lot of basic information and steps that you then have to google (thank god for Yahoo Answers). I've always done pretty good with this kind of thing but this book only made things worse.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Chemguy on January 8, 2012
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Most of this book is pretty straight forward, but at times, its a little contradictory and unclear. For instance, in Chapter 18 which includes Electrochemistry, sometimes the problems take into account water and sometimes they don't, and they don't address that problem at all so it leaves me frustrated. Sometimes it almost seems like the examples and concepts were taught pretty clearly, but when the problems came around, I was caught off guard by how awkward the questions were and the assumptions some of them had me make.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By That Guy Who Posts on Amazon on August 25, 2013
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I rented the Kindle Edition of this book because it was considerably cheaper than renting the newest edition. What is not mentioned on the product page is that the Kindle Edition is missing several images because of "copyright restrictions"; these are replaced with large gray boxes. Amazon and Cengage should be ashamed of marketing this book without clear warning that it is incomplete. Even worse, textbook rentals are apparently not subject to the usual 7-day return policy for Kindle books, so my money is gone for good. I will probably be buying my Cengage books USED in dead-tree format from here on out.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Al199 on December 7, 2012
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This textbook is terrible, it contains very bad examples and fails to teach you the fundamental concepts of chemistry. I took ap chemistry 2 years ago and the book that we used was MUCH better than the book im using right now in college (this book). I believe the book that we used was called "chemistry, the central science." I think I'm going to start using that book instead of the zumdahl text. Overall, bad book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Eunice Li on August 27, 2013
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Sadly...this new book doesn't come with the OWL access card... if I knew that the new books don't come with the access cards I would definitely choose a used book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jana Raines on December 28, 2012
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It is a required chemistry textbook... Really, how much can one like it? However; it is well written and explains chemical concepts in understandable terms. The drawings and images are helpful and there is plenty of data charts to show the important information without searching all over for it.
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It was just what I needed. I couldn't beat the price. The new book was $300 so I saved a fortune.
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