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General Chemistry [Hardcover]

Darrell Ebbing , Steven D. Gammon
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)

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December 3, 2007 0618857486 978-0618857487 9
The Ninth Edition of this market-leading text has been substantially revised to meet the rapidly changing instructional demands of General Chemistry professors. Known for its carefully developed, thoroughly integrated, step-by-step approach to problem solving, General Chemistry helps students master quantitative skills and build a lasting conceptual understanding of key chemical concepts. The Ninth Edition retains this hallmark approach and builds upon the conceptual focus through key new features and revisions.

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"Complex, realistic, conceptual, open-ended, vague and motivated! Concept Explorations can be used to enhance student conceptual understanding and problem solving abilities. They emphasize the multiple representations of processes (words, sketches, graphs, chemical equations) and encourage active participation of students. I think Concept Explorations perfectly match the author's goals. Concept Explorations are very suitable for small groups of students to solve together--would certainly promote the discussion! So I would definitely use them interactively in a recitation/study group format."

"The authors have focused on a major problem that many textbooks seem either to ignore or at a minimum fail to recognize and address. Students often master the process of problem solving without understanding the underlying concept that the problem attempts to address. The authors have taken a giant step in addressing this shortcoming."

"I think these [Concept Explorations] are very beneficial for a few reasons. They go beyond the typical end-of-chapter problems. They are more in-depth and allow connections to be made to concepts in other sections of the chapter. The questions will allow the students to be less focused on trying to remember how the numbers are to be applied to the formulas and more focused on understanding and applying the concept. I think it is advantageous that the problems are in a multi-step format. The students will feel a greater sense of accomplishment as they progress through the problem."

"These [Strategy Problems] meet the worthy goals of the author. They are well written, adequate in number and rigor, and do not just parrot earlier exercises. I was initially afraid these would be as difficult as some of the 'comprehensive' exercises found in texts, but this was not the case. The only thing that makes them 'difficult' is the lack of an algorithm to follow. Should help push some students toward broader thinking."

"Great idea. It is too easy to develop a false sense of security applying a standard model to homework problems without understanding chemistry. The [Strategy] problems in both chapters I reviewed appeared adequate with the right balance of challenge and ability to solve the problem using available information."

About the Author

Darrell Ebbing has taught general chemistry for more than thirty years and is now retired from Wayne State University. He received his Ph.D. in physical chemistry from Indiana University.

Steven D. Gammon is a professor of chemistry at Western Washington University and a leader in the development of multimedia-based software for chemical education. He has contributed greatly to the increased emphasis on conceptual understanding in the text.

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  • Hardcover: 1030 pages
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin; 9 edition (December 3, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0618857486
  • ISBN-13: 978-0618857487
  • Product Dimensions: 1.6 x 8.7 x 11.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #145,079 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The worst chemistry book ever! May 28, 2005
By Iggy S.
As a physical science major, I consider the book to be worst than mediocre. It is way too "general", basically giving worded explanations rather than applied concepts and clear diagrams. Some of the topics are very vague and you are left more confused than ever. I supplement my studying with a McMurray and Fay textbook which is 10 years old and I acquired for 25 cents, and it is even better than this trash of a book. It also provides very few problems at the end of the chapter. For example, for the nomenclature and orbital diagrams, there are only two problems each, not enough to practice for a test. The cummulative skill problems are way to difficult for a beginning scientist, and their level of difficulty isn't justified, since the book doesn't explain clearly. Reading it is basically like reading Popular Science: way too much writing to explain one simple concept. It goes on and on, which makes me think, "Who cares?." If it had not been for the fact that I took introductory chemistry, (I used a Zumdahl book, by the way) I would had been lost. The material is also spread all over the place throughout the chapters. While redox chemistry is introduced somewhere around chapter 7 or eight, you see it again in chapters 20, so my teacher goes back and forth, flipping through the pages. As a relief, the chemistry dept. at my school is changing the book next semester for the general chemistry 2 course. We will be using a Raymond Chang book. Please, professors, do not torture your students by making them buy this book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not a bad book, but not enough problems in book February 17, 2013
It's not that the content of the book is bad, but the don't give even solutions to work problems in the back of the book. Actually it's a bit of a scam by the publishers and requires you to buy the solution manual if you want to practice any problems.

Most books give you the solution to every odd problem... This book only gives the solution to like every other 20 problems. Actually very frustrating as college textbooks are already artificially inflated as it is.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great August 7, 2011
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I took chem before and had to drop it but with this book I was able to teach myself when the teacher could not get through to me. Its really easy to understand and has excellent examples. Great for anyone on anynlevel chem.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Acceptable Lab Manual October 4, 2010
By Willie
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I bought this because it was required for my chemistry class. The book is fairly plain and boring. Do not buy this unless it is required for your class. There are better books to learn chemistry from.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Watch out for used instead of new! January 20, 2014
By Alyssa
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I ordered a NEW book and received a USED book that was damaged and did not come with Owl Access. I had to contact the seller in order for them to ship it to me.

I ordered the package on 1/9 and the delivery estimate was 1/13 to 1/29. I waited until the 17th to check where my package was and after entering the tracking information it said "Not Found." I had to message them about it to get them to ship it to me, and once I did it arrived on my doorstep within 2 days (funny how that works).

Once I received the package I opened it to find a damaged, used, book without Owl Access (costing me over $150) more. I am now in the process of returning the package and we shall see if the company takes returns.

I thought you would like a thorough review to avoid this problem as school books are on a time crunch and I am now 3 weeks late to having my book for class, without homework access. I would just go through a school bookstore to save time and money in the future.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 100+ Problems in Most Chapters July 23, 2013
Some of the negative reviews on here say there aren't enough problems in the book. Well, most chapters include 100-150 problems - that was plenty for me! And there are answers to all the odd-numbered problems - as you can see by flipping a few pages in the "Look Inside" preview window. Seriously, some bitter students out there blaming the book for their failure.

I loved this textbook, because it is truly excellent. Very clear explanations, a step-by-step, systematic approach in moving from basic to advanced topics, cool illustrations, real-life relevance tie-ins, everything! I especially like the in-chapter example problems that first give you a strategy hint before presenting the worked-out solution, immediately followed by one or two reinforcing exercises. This text is like gold to me, and so it migt be for other people who truly want to learn chemistry.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Could be a better book June 18, 2011
There are mistakes in the homework problems in this book. Many of the questions are poorly worded causing much confusion. The text does however explain the topics quite well.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Chemistry Book June 11, 2011
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Thus far I find this book to be extremely thorough and easy to follow. The index and glossary are superb and the examples given in the book make it very easy to understand problems and applications. This book is required for the chem II calss I am currently taking. However, it has been 7 years since I took chem I and this book also allows me to brush up on chem basics. It's really been a help.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Poor textbook choice
this book was difficult to read and difficult to follow
Layout was poorly organized
in text resiurces were some what lacking
Published 1 month ago by E. Sullivan
4.0 out of 5 stars great book except first 3 chapters.
this book is good for chapters like gases, acid base, molarity,bonding,thermochemistry . But chapters for naming chemical compound , conversion unit, writing net ionic , oxidation... Read more
Published 2 months ago by ORKO
3.0 out of 5 stars old textbook
Honestly, I bought this because it was under $1 bc it was 2 editions old and I figured general principles of chemistry haven't changed all that much. Read more
Published 3 months ago by EB
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!
It was what I needed, it got the job done, and now I can pass my class. My chemistry professor has never made more sense before ever!
Published 3 months ago by Michael Gonzalez
5.0 out of 5 stars Great way to carry a textbook
I wish all textbooks came this way . Just think how easy it would be to carry them to school and to study from. I carry my Kindle to school and use my PC at home. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Brobooger
5.0 out of 5 stars Chemistry
Before or after this book, i hate chemistry. But I was required to have it and I ended with an A, so it was well worth the money
Published 4 months ago by Cooper
3.0 out of 5 stars Good book for learning Chemistry
I used this book to get a start on my understanding of General Chemistry. Its pretty straight forward and is more up to date than the original.
Published 4 months ago by D. Spearow
5.0 out of 5 stars textbook
Go this for for my daughters first semester in college. She got an A so I figured this deserved 5 stars (so does she, at least in my eyes).
Published 5 months ago by Keith Wines
3.0 out of 5 stars Missing homework disc
The CD that comes with the book for the homework was not there. I had to pay an extra 60 dollars for it online.
Published 5 months ago by Ryan
1.0 out of 5 stars didn't learn much with this
I have used better chemistry books. This book is quite old now. When I did use it, I could not understand the concepts and ended up with a poor grade in chemistry.
Published 5 months ago by notAyesperson
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