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Fundamentals of General, Organic, and Biological Chemistry Plus MasteringChemistry with eText -- Access Card Package (7th Edition) 7th Edition

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About the Author

John McMurry, educated at Harvard and Columbia, has taught approximately 17,000 students in general and organic chemistry over a 30-year period. A Professor of Chemistry at Cornell University since 1980, Dr. McMurry previously spent 13 years on the faculty at the University of California at Santa Cruz. He has received numerous awards, including the Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship (1969—71), the National Institute of Health Career Development Award (1975—80), the Alexander von Humboldt Senior Scientist Award (1986—87), and the Max Planck Research Award (1991).

David S. Ballantine received his B.S. in Chemistry in 1977 from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA, and his Ph.D. in Chemistry in 1983 from the University of Maryland at College Park. After several years as a researcher at the Naval Research Labs in Washington, DC, he joined the faculty in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry of Northern Illinois University, where he has been a professor since 1989. He was awarded the Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award in 1998 and has been departmental Director of Undergraduate Studies since 2008. In addition, he is the coordinator for the Introductory and General Chemistry programs, and is responsible for supervision of the laboratory teaching assistants.

Carl A. Hoeger received his B.S. in Chemistry from San Diego State University and his Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 1983. After a postdoctoral stint at the University of California, Riverside, he joined the Peptide Biology Laboratory at the Salk Institute in 1985 where he ran the NIH Peptide Facility while doing basic research in the development of peptide agonists and antagonists. During this time he also taught general, organic, and biochemistry at San Diego City College, Palomar College, and Miramar College. He joined the teaching faculty at University of California, San Diego in 1998. Dr. Hoeger has been teaching chemistry to undergraduates for over 20 years, where he continues to explore the use of technology in the classroom; his current project involves the use of video podcasts as adjuncts to live lectures. In 2004 he won the Paul and Barbara Saltman Distinguished Teaching Award from UCSD. He is deeply involved with the General Chemistry program at UCSD, and also shares partial responsibility for the training and guidance of teaching assistants in the Chemistry and Biochemistry departments.

Virginia E. Peterson received her B.S. in Chemistry in 1967 from the University of Washington in Seattle, and her Ph.D. in Biochemistry in 1980 from the University of Maryland at College Park. Between her undergraduate and graduate years she worked in lipid, diabetes, and heart disease research at Stanford University. Following her Ph.D. she took a position in the Biochemistry Department at the University of Missouri in Columbia and is now Professor Emerita. When she retired in2011 she had been the Director of Undergraduate Advising for the department for 8 years and had taught both senior capstone classes and biochemistry classes for nonscience majors. Although retired Dr. Peterson continues to advise undergraduates and teach classes. Awards include both the college level and the university-wide Excellence in Teaching Award and, in 2006, the University’s Outstanding Advisor Award and the State of Missouri Outstanding University Advisor Award. Dr. Peterson believes in public service and in 2003 received the Silver Beaver Award for service from the Boy Scouts of America.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 1008 pages
  • Publisher: Pearson; 7 edition (January 27, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 032175011X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321750112
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 1.4 x 11.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #156,302 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I really enjoy this text because of the organization, the simplification, and the way it uses illustrations to demonstrate important principles. I'm in Organic Chemistry now and also used the same text for inorganic chemistry last term. The only element of the text that is not helpful is all the errors. But, my professor gives us extra credit for finding the errors. So, I suppose it all works out in my favor. Sometimes the errors are typos and other times they're completely off-track. The "Selected Answers" book for the 7th edition is also error ridden. At times it gives you answers to questions that do not correspond to this edition, which is not helpful. But I do recommend purchasing the selected answers manual. It has helped me 90% of the time understand a problem due to the extended work shown or explain to a classmate how a problem is carried-out. Good luck, and have fun!
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I had to purchase this book specifically for a college chemistry class (required the Mastering Chemistry Online component too). Having used another chemistry book several years before, I was preloaded with knowledge that made me realize how thin this text is compared to others. Much of the content is oversimplified where details are needed. Worst is the number of syntax errors in the chemical equations. Superscript numbers and mismatched charges. These simple editorial mistakes add a tremendous amount of confusion to an entry level chemistry student. Many of my peers spent much time scratching their heads rather than quickly absorbing content and moving forward. If you're thinking about purchasing this text for your own benefit (self-paced learning) skip it and pick up Introduction to General, Organic, & Biochemistry by Bettelheim, et al. If you must use this text for a class, I recommend picking up a second chemistry book to cross-reference. This book does have some strengths (great pictures, lots of good work problems at the end of each chapter, and plenty side-note information that ties the material to real world/healthcare related matters. The errors, however, make it so I can't recommend it to an entry-level chemistry student.
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This is a great book! It gives example problems and really walks you through it simple and clear every step. It shows you how to use your common sense and intuition to help derive answers. The rules of chemistry are laid out in a clear and simple way. The pictures are great, and this is a great book for anyone going into the health field in the future because it has lots of stuff about health and how chemistry is related to the medical field. It's just an easy read when it comes to chemistry books. This is a non-science major chemistry book, I took that course as a refresher and I am now taking the science major chemistry and I can tell you that this book has less to read than the science major chemistry book so don't complain. :) Anyway, learn chemistry, read this book! Oh, and it is imperative that you work the problems out of the back of each chapter. You must do this to learn it and retain it. Believe me, I am speaking from experience. Solving problems pays. If you want to crush your exam, work and solve all the problems you can. Best of luck!
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This item is not as advertised. "Fundmentals of general, organic, and biological chem PLUS MASTERING CHEMISTY WITH ETEXT ACCESS CARD
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This book is full of errors. Some of the answers in the back of the book are plain wrong. If you have to buy it for a class, double check anything that sounds funny to you. If it's not required, don't buy it. If it is required, sell it back because it's not a very good reference.
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This is a fantastic textbook. The organization is very well done and the writing is clear and to the point. The graphics and images are very helpful. I'm glad that I purchased this textbook (Kindle version) because I will use it as a reference for years to come to brush up on concepts that become hazy with time.
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I rented this book and it's exactly as described, EXCEPT that if you are renting you will NOT get the access code and I didn't know that because in the description it said that you would also get the code so I was very upset about that because then I had to go and purchase it separate for 70$.
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By Heather on November 20, 2013
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Book beautifully bound; great condition; shipped very quickly; however if you have an option to get a different "text" content I would recommend going a different route; the text itself is very wordy and can be difficult to comprehend; there was nothing wrong with the product but if you are able to get a different version I would recommend it.
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