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Chemistry Hardcover – 2007

ISBN-13: 978-0618528448 ISBN-10: 061852844X Edition: 7th

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 1056 pages
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin; 7 edition (2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 061852844X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0618528448
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 8.8 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,363 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Steve Zumdahl is the author of market-leading textbooks in introductory chemistry, general chemistry, honors-level chemistry, and high school chemistry. Recently retired from his long-time position as Director of Undergraduate Programs at the University of Illinois, he has received numerous awards for his contributions to chemical education. These include the National Catalyst Award in recognition of his contribution to chemical education, the University of Illinois Teaching Award, the UIUC Liberal Arts and Sciences Advising Award, and the School of Chemical Sciences Teaching Award (five times). He earned his B.S. in Chemistry from Wheaton College (IL), and his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois.

Susan A. Zumdahl earned a B.S. and M.A. in Chemistry at California State University--Fullerton. She has taught science and mathematics at all levels, including middle school, high school, community college, and university. She is past director of the Merit Program for Emerging Scholars in Chemistry at the University of Illinois. In addition, she spearheaded the development of a sophisticated web-based electronic homework system for chemistry and is co-author on several chemistry textbooks.

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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

I used this book for my AP Chemistry class last year, and this is one special textbook.
L. Guay
The graphs and charts are very helpful, and the examples provided make it easy to learn.
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Well, other than the publishing company not getting a cut of the "used textbook sales"?
Keith J. Garvin

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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Yuki on January 9, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I really have no idea what others are talking about, because my experience with the book has been the complete opposite. I think this is one of the best chem books I've ever had the pleasure of using. In AP Chem, the first textbook the class used was very convoluted and confusing, and did not have nearly as many diagrams. Halfway through, we started using this text and it made everything so much easier and clearer, especially the acid/base equilibrium chemistry. The book, for example, includes many examples of different weak/strong acid/base combinations, and how to calculate the pH, etc, what happens when a strong base is added, and whatnot. It gives a very easy to follow outline that works for each problem, and how to think about it intuitively (like what the interactions of the ions that are present in solution will be). Maybe the other sections aren't as good? It is very comprehensive. As a 3rd year undergrad at a top university, I still find myself referencing this book before delving into my chemistry texts, as a refresher on the basic principles first. If you think it is sort of dry to read (which I don't notice), I would much rather a clear, straight-to-the-point text that tells me exactly how to think about problems, than some kind of chemistry novel.
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41 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Mark Twain on December 10, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I feel bad giving this a book a two, simply because of the quality of the information in it. It goes over everything you would ever need to know about chemistry, and in great detail... However, This textbook is exactly what the name implies, a textbook. The authors make no effort to simplify the info, they divulge all of their chemistry knowledge in a dry, monotonous format.

This is our high-schools text book for AP Chemistry. (College level chemistry offered to high-schoolers.) I'm sure this is a fantastic textbook for those simply looking for cold, hard information, but if you want something digestible, this is not it. Again, I apologize to you college students and professors who think this is a fantastic source of information. (Because it most certainly is.)

However, if you want a digestible, easy to read textbook, look into Raymond Chang's "Chemistry." This was my sister's college chemistry textbook, and I now use it in the place of our Zumdahl text... I don't feel I am doing Chang's text justice by "babying" it. It provides just as much info as the Zumdahl textbook, but in a more comfortable, and logical, format. I would choose Chang's textbook over Zumdahl any day.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By L. Guay on January 22, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I used this book for my AP Chemistry class last year, and this is one special textbook. It is extremely clear and straight-forward, and it explains even complicated ideas (such as acid-base chemistry, thermodynamics, and electrochemistry) completely, concisely, and with many step-by-step examples. It even outlines the basic steps to take when approaching certain types of problems. The best thing, though, is that it is highly readable - I never had to go back and reread a section to try to figure out what it was trying to say. There are also plenty of practice problems, which vary in difficulty and are designed so that students first learn the basics and then gradually learn to apply them to different situations.
The only thing I think is not covered particularly well is the chapter on Organic Chemistry, which is generally a minor subject in an Introductory Chemistry course anyway. The chapter is not actually bad, but in comparison with the rest of the text, it is definitely not as clear. It introduced some new concepts in the exercises, which did not happen in any other chapters.
I did well on the AP Exam using just this book, and I frequently loan it out to my friends who are taking General Chemistry in college. I highly recommend this book.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By the naturalist on April 4, 2011
Format: Hardcover
When I look at these reviews, I wonder what do these people expect? Though I am not a chemist, I have been using chemistry as an integral part of my work for over 20 years. When I first began, I was overwhelmed, and the chemistry books then available just did not help. . . until I found my first copy of Zumdahl in the early 1990's. This is the absolute best general college chemistry textbook out there. Every edition has improved upon the previous one. I constantly look at college chemistry textbooks, and this is still the best. Zumdahl isn't wordy, he is thorough. He isn't dry, he is exact. He may not always entertain (though at times he does - don't believe it, just look at other college chemistry textbooks), but he does educate. When learning chemistry is not just an academic requirement, but an economic necessity because your livelihood requires it, this is the book you will want. By studying and reviewing just this one book, I was able to add a chemistry certification to my professional license, and that has helped my bottom line. I wish all technical science books were this well done. There are some good books out there, but this is the best of the best.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Keith J. Garvin on January 13, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Yet another case of the publishing industry putting students over a barrel. They buy/bribe their way into classes then stick the students with an unreasonable tab. Nothing new in this edition factually just a re-arrangement of content, pictures and problems. What exactly was wrong with the last edition? Has basic chemistry changed that much in the last 5 years? 10? 20? Well, other than the publishing company not getting a cut of the "used textbook sales"?

Just went over the previous editions and found them less cluttered, more straight forward. Feels as if the publisher/author tried to hard to add useless bells and whistles to justify a completely unreasonable price tag (even at 50% off). Maybe if these publishers started selling domestic cars with the gusto they sell these textbooks domestic car sales would be in a lot less trouble.
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