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Exploring Chemical Analysis Paperback – May 16, 2008

ISBN-13: 978-1429201476 ISBN-10: 1429201479 Edition: 4th

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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: #78,563 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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

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This book was a required text for my analytical chemistry class.
Iacobus
The sender sent the book in a very timely manner and i received it very quickly.
Sarah St John
It correlates very well with the class and is an excellent learning tool.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Iacobus on March 1, 2006
Format: Paperback
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 By M. Evans on September 30, 2005
Format: Paperback
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 By A Customer on August 13, 2003
Format: Hardcover
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 By Patrick on October 15, 2007
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Analytical chemistry isn't really exciting...at 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 By Zack Parsons on August 4, 2006
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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 By LLara on December 9, 2010
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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 By yey on October 27, 2010
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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 By I. Young on 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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