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General, Organic and Biological Chemistry: Structures of Life with Student Access Kit for MasteringGOBChemistry(TM) (MasteringChemistry Series) Hardcover – July 21, 2006

ISBN-13: 978-0805382976 ISBN-10: 0805382976 Edition: 2nd

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From the Back Cover

General, Organic, and Biological Chemistry provides a readable, uncomplicated and accessible introduction to those in allied health and other fields who have little or no background in chemistry. Timberlake uses the same style and integrated pedagogy that have made her best-selling one-semester text so successful in the classroom. She balances technical accuracy and everyday examples to help bring chemistry alive for readers. For college instructors, students, and readers interested in general, organic, and biological chemistry. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Karen Timberlake is Professor Emerita of chemistry at Los Angeles Valley College, where she taught chemistry for allied health and preparatory chemistry for 36 years. She received her bachelor's degree in chemistry from the University of Washington and her master's degree in biochemistry from the University of California at Los Angeles. Professor Timberlake has been writing chemistry textbooks for 33 years. During that time, her name has become associated with the strategic use of pedagogical tools that promote student success in chemistry and the application of chemistry to real-life situations. More than one million students have learned chemistry using texts, laboratory manuals, and study guides written by Karen Timberlake. In addition to General, Organic, and Biological Chemistry: Structures of Life, Third Edition, she is also the author of Basic Chemistry, second edition, and Chemistry: An Introduction to General, Organic, and Biological Chemistry, tenth edition with the accompanying Study Guide, Selected Solutions Manual, Laboratory Manual, and Essential Laboratory Manual. Professor Timberlake belongs to numerous science and educational organizations including the American Chemical Society (ACS) and the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA). She was the Western Regional Winner of Excellence in College Chemistry Teaching Award given by the Chemical Manufacturers Association. In 2004, she received the McGuffey Award in Physical Sciences from the Text and Academic Authors Association for her textbook Chemistry: An Introduction to General, Organic, and Biological Chemistry, eight edition, which has demonstrated excellence over time. In 2006, she received the Textbook excellence award for the first edition of Basic Chemistry. She has participated in education grants for science teaching including the Los Angeles Collaborative for Teaching Excellence (LACTE) and a Title III grant at her college. She speaks at conferences and educational meetings on the use of student-centered teaching methods in chemistry to promote learning success of students.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 960 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall; 2nd edition (July 21, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805382976
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805382976
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 1.5 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #828,967 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Customer Reviews

Needed this book for a General Chemistry class.
Stephen O'Neil
Everything that is in the book is easily understood, its unbelieveable, so easy to follow.
JazzRN145
It has good sample problems and explains things very well.
elmo247

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Jeff Smith on November 20, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I have to admit that this is the most interesting books I've ever read. If you want to know how the basics of life all tie together and form the world and existance around you then this is for you. This book has seriously opened up the world to me. I cannot look at anything around me like I used to. I recommend getting and reading this book solo. The way it is written makes it perfectly understandable without a teacher or professor of any kind. Everything is spelled out clearly with simple everday comparisons and examples. There are a ton of useful problems to work on to assist in cementing your knowledge in place. Seriously though I really can't think of any other book I've ever read that was more interesting than this one. Pick it up and prepare to see your world unfold in front of you as a new and chaotic, complex and beautifully organized universe.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By JazzRN145 on February 4, 2009
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This book is amazing. Easy to get an A in a class that uses this text. Everything that is in the book is easily understood, its unbelieveable, so easy to follow.
If you purchase the study guide you will be even better off.
Hope this is useful.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By C. Oliver on June 26, 2013
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I used this text book in my Organic Chemistry class, and since I am a self-learner, I appreciate the way this text was written to be so user friendly. The diagrams and language used in the book were easy to understand, and made the very difficult topic of Organic Chem seem a little less intimidating. Overall, I was very pleased with this text book, and the price on Amazon is cheaper than anywhere else I found!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Stephen O'Neil on September 30, 2009
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Needed this book for a General Chemistry class. It does the job, was too expensive in my opinion, but over all a good book. Check with your professor to see if you can use the 2nd edition and not the 3rd, it will save you a lot of money. There is little difference between them !!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By elmo247 on February 15, 2012
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This is a great Chemistry book. It has good sample problems and explains things very well. I would definitely recommend it to others.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Stephany Castillo on January 31, 2009
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This book is great. It has made it easy to understand chemistry. It's like looking at a math book. It breaks everything down into parts and puts it all together at the end of the chapter to grasp the full concept.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Valaya Gaudet "Prassina" on January 23, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I do not like this book much. Unfortunately, I'm stuck with it because it is the one required for the class I'm taking. I think there is too much information. Things could be explained in a much more straightforward way. Instead, there are boxes and different colors everywhere. Confusing, to me anyway. ( I picked up a used book by Beka books called Chemistry-Precision and Design. So clear in comparison to the Timberlake one.)
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Best chem book I've ever used. Clear and concise, OChem chapters were invaluable. Used this for a college course and still love referencing it.
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