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General Chemistry I as a Second Language: Mastering the Fundamental Skills Paperback – March 16, 2005

ISBN-13: 978-0471716624 ISBN-10: 0471716626 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 328 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (March 16, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471716626
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471716624
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 0.5 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #666,018 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Get a better grade in General Chemistry

Even though General Chemistry may be challenging at times; with hard work and the right study tools, you can still get the grade you want. With David Klein’s General Chemistry as a Second Language, you’ll be able to better understand fundamental principles of chemistry, solve problems, and focus on what you need to know to succeed.

Here’s how you can get a better grade in General Chemistry:

Understand the basic concepts
General Chemistry as a Second Language focuses on selected topics in General Chemistry to give you a solid foundation. By understanding these principles, you’ll have a coherent framework that will help you better understand your course.

Study more efficiently and effectively
General Chemistry as a Second Language provides time-saving study tips and problem-solving strategies that will help you succeed in the course.

Improve your problem-solving skills
General Chemistry as a Second Language will help you develop the skills you need to solve a variety of problem types––even unfamiliar ones!

About the Author

David Klein is a lecturer at Johns Hopkins University where he teaches Organic and General Chemistry. He is a dynamic and creative teacher and uses analogy to help students grasp difficult topics. Klein’s unique informal voice and manner of presentation help students truly master key topics in this course. He is also the author of Organic Chemistry as a Second Language; response to this book has been phenomenal.

More About the Author

David Klein is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Chemistry at The Johns Hopkins University where he has taught organic chemistry since 1999. Having worked with thousands of students, he has intense first-hand knowledge of how they learn and the difficulties they encounter. He received his bachelor's degree in chemistry from The Johns Hopkins University and his PhD from the University of California at Los Angeles under the supervision of Professor
Orville Chapman. Motivated by his experiences teaching organic chemistry as a graduate student at UCLA, David wrote Organic Chemistry as a Second Language (John Wiley & Sons, 2004, updated 2nd edition published in 2008), which has become a highly valued student study resource. David has received numerous teaching awards at both UCLA and Johns Hopkins for his unique, skill-building approach to organic chemistry instruction. David is married, with five children, and enjoys skiing, scuba-diving, and Tae Kwon Do.

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Easy to understand very good analogy.
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David Klein is one of the best book writers for General and Organic Chemistry.
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I hope he writes more books like this.
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By S. Dixon on June 24, 2006
Format: Paperback
I am taking general chemistry 1 in summer school and this book has basically saved me. Like the title suggests, this book concentrates on making you "fluent" with the basic techniques and ideas in Chem 101, increasing both your technical abilities and your overall understanding, and also saving you quite a bit of memorization, by showing you how to figure out what your chem book would have you memorize. It manages to spoon feed you the material with plenty of easy to remember visual concepts, but somehow avoids seeming pedantic or condescending, and also manages to be fairly concise. It is not comprehensive, but after working through the relevant section of the book, you usually have no problem learning from your assigned textbook, since the new material is usually just extensions of what you have already learned, and seems obvious. In my opinion, if they made this text a little more comprehensive and added $150 bucks to the asking price, it would be the ideal chem 101 textbook. Unless you are very confident in your chem abilities, I think it is a mandatory supplement to chem 101.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Swerve for Squirrels on June 7, 2007
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This book helped me get an A in Chem I. Period. Sure, my text was better than most and my professor was MUCH better than most...but every text will have shortcomings. And most professors aren't that helpful. Let's face it - most don't even care. So, THANK YOU David Klein for lending your expertise to those future professionals who would suffer through Chem I unnecessarily without your help. Do yourself a favor & invest the $20 or so that this book will cost you. Warning: Though you will probably still have to put in about 5-8 hours a week studying for this class, this book will make it worth your while...instead of just sitting there, blankly staring at diagrams, your time will be well (and properly) spent.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By mesclun on June 27, 2011
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I bought this to help me review some basic concepts while preparing for the MCAT. I'd read (and loved) Klein's Organic Chemistry I and II books already.

I mainly needed to review enthalpy and molecular geometry; these chapters helped much more than the shorthand reviews from MCAT prep companies--especially working the geometry problems.

Since I did not spend much time on the first half of the book, I am not that familiar with the sig figs errors other reviewers are mentioning. I know how frustrating that can be, and it's made me want to throw books away before. But I truly think that in this case, ditching the book is like throwing out the baby with the bathwater. The clarity and helpfulness of his explanations are the important part. There were a few similar issues in the Orgo II book but those few problems paled besides the utility of the vast majority of the book.

Maybe some others can comment on whether/how many errors they found in other chapters?

** I also want to make a special plea that you read in particular the chapters at the end on logarithms and balancing equations. Especially balancing equations. He has an algebraic method that is simple but sooooo brilliant. I just finished that chapter (no mistakes in those problems or chapters 7-9 that I saw) and had to get online to recommend it to all of you. Seriously. He just rocked my stoichiometric world.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By M. Abbott on August 26, 2010
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Pros:

Easy To Read

Concepts explained in simple, concise sentences

Cons:

Answers to some practice problems are incorrect

As a new student of Chemistry, unable to determine what is accurate/correct & what is not...

Purchased this in anticipation of enrolling into a college level General Chemistry course, with the intent of 'getting ahead' while I had free time. But as I started working throught the Chapter 1 practice questions, I noticed the answer key had some glaring errors (problems 1.9 & 1.17, for example). I'm literally with in the first 6 pages of the book & I, a novice, am finding mathematical errors?

Makes me wonder if I should trust anything I read in this...
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Pearl on June 16, 2012
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First of all, it is true that this book has a lot of mistakes. You know why everyone has noticed so many? Because Klein teaches the reader the concepts so well that the reader can easily spot something wrong and KNOW he or she is correct. It's honestly pretty telling that so many people are able to find these errors.

Secondly, and most importantly, this book does an AMAZING job of teaching the basic concepts that are essential for any general chemistry class. I started casually going through this book before I took a summer general chemistry course at my university. It has given me an edge over all of my classmates. My summer class moves fast, but with this book, I'm honestly barely stressing. This book quickly made me an expert at doing stoichiometry which has helped me tremendously in both my lecture and lab course.

In conclusion, I was genuinely surprised at just how much this book has helped me. I always thought I was one of those people who just didn't "get" chemistry. That's definitely not the case now. I'm looking forward to using Klein's book on Organic Chemistry for my course next month. I HIGHLY recommend this book to ANYONE taking General Chemistry.
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