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Fundamentals of General, Organic, and Biological Chemistry (6th Edition) [Hardcover]

John E. McMurry , David S. Ballantine , Carl A. Hoeger , Virginia E. Peterson , Mary E. Castellion
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February 6, 2009 0136054501 978-0136054504 6
  This best-seller bears the hallmark of all John McMurry’s books.  On style, it is concise and avoids the ‘wordiness’ of most GOB texts.  On substance, it is unusual in its balance of chemical concepts to explain the quantitative aspects of chemistry, and provides greater depth of insight into the theoretical chemical principles.  This makes for a wider spectrum of the different angles from which to view chemistry, and thus, captures a greater number of readers. With a focus on problem solving and engaging discussions of relevant applications, this volume effectively covers the essentials of allied health chemistry and puts it in the context of everyday life. This revision adds two new authors; the author team now includes a specialist in each specific area of GOB (David Ballantine, General Chemistry; Carl Hoeger, Organic Chemistry; Virginia Peterson, Biochemistry). Measurements, Atoms and Elements, Nuclear Radiation, Compounds and Their Bonds, Chemical Reactions and Quantities, Energy and Matter, Gases, Solutions, Chemical Equilibrium, Acids and Bases, Introduction to Organic Chemistry: Alkanes, Unsaturated Hydrocarbons, Alcohols, Phenols, Ethers, and Thiols, Aldehydes, Ketones, and Chiral Molecules, Carbohydrates, Carboxylic Acids and Esters, Lipids, Amines and Amides, Amino Acids and Proteins, Enzymes and Vitamins, Nucleic Acid and Protein Synthesis, Metabolic Pathways for Carbohydrates Metabolic Pathways and Energy Production, Metabolic Pathways for Lipids and Amino Acids. A useful reference for allied health professionals.

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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).

Dr. David S. Ballantine, Jr., 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 for the past twenty years.  He was awarded the Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award in 1998, and was recently named the departmental Director of Undergraduate Studies.  In addition, he is the faculty advisor to the NIU Chemistry Club, an ACS Student Affiliate program.

Carl A. Hoeger received his BS in Chemistry from San Diego State Unversity 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 UCSD 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. In 2004 he won the Paul and Barbara Saltman Distinguished Teaching Award from UCSD. His is currently the General Chemistry coordinator at UCSD, where he is also responsible for the training and guidance of the Chemistry and Biochemistry departments’ 100 + teaching assistants.

Dr. 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 an Associate Professor. Currently she is the Director of Undergraduate Advising for the department and teaches both senior capstone classes and biochemistry classes for non-science majors. 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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  • Hardcover: 992 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall; 6 edition (February 6, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0136054501
  • ISBN-13: 978-0136054504
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.7 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #40,804 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting read August 31, 2009
This is actually an interesting and informative read for chemistry. The authors do a great job of explaining plus many worked examples throughout the book. I would also recommend the study guide/solutions manual to get all of the end of chapter questions answered.
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent book, ususally lasts through 2 semesters August 26, 2010
I bought this book from a classmate but thoroughly enjoyed it. It is pretty easy to understand although chemistry takes of studying. It covered 2 semesters. general and organic chemistry.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Amazon Error: Do NOT buy if you need a code! September 2, 2009
I specifically bought this book NEW from Amazon because it said it is "now available with MasteringChemistry access". Well, it is NOT included. Which means I have to purchase the access code separately, to the tune of $45. Load of Crap.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good book August 26, 2012
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This book is very informative and easy to understand. I am taking an intro to chemistry class and haven't had chemistry for roughly 13 years. Arrived in good shape for a used book and was delivered quickly to me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just what I needed September 6, 2011
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I purchased this book for a basic chemistry class and pretty much only used it as a reference but it worked well when it was used.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Updated version better May 23, 2013
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The updated version of this book is better. I would suggest to buy the newer version, since this book have a lot of details missing compared to the newer one. But if you want a cheap book to just learn some chemistry for fun. This book would probably be cheaper to buy.
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Bought for a class in college. It has the same information as the other copies that you would probably have to pay hundreds for at the school bookstore
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great! April 24, 2014
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I got the book in time and it has a little doodles on the periodic table but it was described that it does contains that, other than that the book is in a very good condition and I'm very pleased.
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