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Exploring Chemical Analysis [Paperback]

Daniel C. Harris
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May 16, 2008 1429201479 978-1429201476 4th

Exploring Chemical Analysis provides an ideal one-term introduction to analytical chemistry for students whose primary interests generally lie outside of chemistry. Combining coverage of all major analytical topics with effective problem-solving methods, it teaches students how to understand analytical results and how to use quantitative manipulations, preparing them for the problems they will encounter in fields from biology to chemistry to geology.

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DANIEL C. HARRIS, Michelson Laboratory, China Lake, USA

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  • Paperback: 640 pages
  • Publisher: W. H. Freeman; 4th edition (May 16, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1429201479
  • ISBN-13: 978-1429201476
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 7.9 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #185,215 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Analytical Chem book/Chem ref March 1, 2006
By Iacobus
This book was a required text for my analytical chemistry class. I was at first a bit worried about it, I tend to be picky about chemistry textbooks, but I quickly fell in love with this one. The chapters are short and to the point (most between 20 and 30 pages). Harris tells you what you need to know and gives some good examples in those 20 pages. Other books I have had to use took in excess of 50 pages to describe what Harris does (much better at that) in under 30. This is a nice feature for the time pressured college student.

The formating is also really nice. At the end of each chapter, all of the equations discussed are printed with text telling what each variable is. This is nice for when working on problem sets as you don't have to flip throughout the chapter trying to find one relationship and then search for an hour finding out what each variable means (We all forget at least once). It also makes studying for the exams easier and proofing notes to make sure you have the right equations has never been easier.

The book is directed at either a chem or non-chemistry student. At most schools analytical is low enough to get non-chemistry or even science majors in it. This book walks this line rather well. It doesn't bore the students that are "really excited" about chemistry and it doesn't confuse the "normal" kids. It is easy to read and also, like mentioned before, has little jokes in it.

A few other minor things I liked were the sections on statstical analysis and the paper on which it was printed. I took a stats 100 level class while in highschool and I knew most of the stuff still. However, some parts I forgot and had to relearn. I had to do it for bio and for chem, the bio book and prof made it so boring and drawn out.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars What do you expect? September 30, 2005
This is an analytical chemistry textbook, not exactly the most thrilling of chemical disciplines. (unless you are an analytical chemist). It explains things fairly well, and the problems are at the end of the chapters are pretty similar to what you would find on the ACS test for analytical chemistry. The author has a sense of humor and randomly inserts jokes in some of the material. I believe this is the most popular of textbooks for analytical/quantitative chemistry courses.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good examples, hidden humor August 13, 2003
By A Customer
Step by step examples help tremendously with learning the problem-solving techniques used in this book. I also love the random goofiness found at points in the text. It made me almost want to read the whole thing just to find the funny stuff!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great textbook, makes things interesting October 15, 2007
By Patrick
Analytical chemistry isn't really all, but I surprisingly found this to be one of the most accessible textbooks I've ever had. The language is simple yet scientific and the author illustrates most concepts with practical, memorable examples. I compare this text to my math or physical chemistry textbooks and it's a world of difference. It's clear to me that an actual human being wrote this book and wants me to understand the material.

Great book.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not quite comprehensive August 4, 2006
For the topics this book covers, it does so well. This includes MS, IR, titrations, etc... However, as one being trained as an analytical chemist (specifically mass spectrometrist), I feel compelled to note the complete absence of NMR material in the text. I consider NMR one of the most powerful analytical tools at a chemist's disposal. Hence, this text is good for those being introduced to analytical chem, but not for those looking for further study.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Glad I had this book when I took analytical chemistry. December 9, 2010
By LLara
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Good analytical chemistry book, chapters aren't too long and easy to understand with step by step examples. Made learning analytical chemistry easier. Problems in the back of the chapter aren't too difficult. Taking analytical chemistry wasn't too bad with this book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good book. October 27, 2010
By yey
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This is a really good book for someone taking and Analytical Chemistry course for the first time. Detailed explanation and easy to understand statements. Recommend it to anyone.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars inorganic/analytical chemistry textbook February 24, 2010
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This book occasionally uses the first person voice, including examples phrased "when I was a boy..." and "I find it easier to..." which strikes me as very unprofessional. Furthermore, some of the simplifications are inaccurate; electromagnetic radiation (EMR), for instance, is qualified as a fancy way of saying light, which is only true in a certain range of wavelengths, as the chapter explains. Chapter headings are also less-than-professional, as in the aforementioned section on EMR labeled "Let There Be Light." It may be a way of bridging the gap between teacher and student in the eyes of the author, but in my opinion, it is more patronizing than endearing.

The explanations are often long-winded and hide important points and definitions in lengthy paragraphs. The glossary could be improved: Planck's constant is referenced in the text but not in the glossary. The rest of the reference section is highly useful but hard to navigate until the student labels the sections with post-it notes him/herself.

Formatting is generally easy on the eyes. The use of the color blue in subsection titles, particular atoms of interest in a molecule diagram, underlines, examples, etc. is helpful. Eight glossy, thick pages in the middle show colorful experiments or particularly interesting applications of concepts.

The example/solution/test-yourself format of in-text applications of a concept is a useful and well-designed tool. End-of-chapter problems are in just the right difficulty range for a professor to be able to choose a difficulty level and assign problems on all concepts covered. Overall relatively easy to understand and pretty good for homework questions.

Paperback version is flimsy -- won't stand up on a bookshelf, covers easily damaged, corners very quickly worn down and bent if the book is carried in a bag or backpack at all.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good textbook for quantitative analysis
This textbook has worked well for my quantitative ananlysis course. The only suggestion is to include the Grubbs test for outliers, which he has included in the 5th edition. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Kyle
5.0 out of 5 stars Should have had this for general chemistry
If I had to take general chemistry all over again, I wish I had this book. This book explains all the concept you learn in those classes so much better than the giant textbooks... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Arthur Lee
4.0 out of 5 stars Exploring Chemical Analysis
The book is easy to follow and they present the concepts in a way that people will be able to understand easily. Very useful book.
Published on September 22, 2011 by jencb211
5.0 out of 5 stars Exploring Chemical Analysis
The textbook was exactly what I wanted, the edition I wanted, and I received it promptly. I have nothing to complain about.
Published on September 5, 2011 by Chelsea Meier
4.0 out of 5 stars Good deal
I bought Exploring Chemical Analysis at a very affordable price, I think it was around $35 or $40, which was much more cheaper than purchasing it in a hundred something from the... Read more
Published on February 1, 2011 by Hurzk
4.0 out of 5 stars Exploring Chemical Analysis
Book was shipped quickly. Does not have too many details for the beginner. It is definitely for the more advanced Chemistry student. Read more
Published on September 28, 2010 by Nykrfan
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Condition
Book in excellent condition, arrived later than other books shipped from various businesses that were ordered at the same time.
Published on September 27, 2010 by Kristen
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
The book was delivered fast and came with a tracking number. Very happy with this transaction.
Published on August 25, 2010 by Terry
4.0 out of 5 stars exploring chemical analysis book
This book is exactly what i was looking for, and it was in very good condition; there was only a single waterstain on one of the inside pages, but the material was still very... Read more
Published on February 28, 2010 by Sarah St John
3.0 out of 5 stars Decent Textbook
This text has many of the necessary statistical tests ans analysis for analytical chemistry classes. It does have some odd examples and is hard to follow at times. Read more
Published on February 14, 2010 by J. B.
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