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Homework Helpers: Chemistry (Homework Helpers (Career Press)) Paperback – April 15, 2011

ISBN-13: 978-1601631633 ISBN-10: 1601631634 Edition: 2nd

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Product Details

  • Series: Homework Helpers (Career Press)
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Career Press; 2 edition (April 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1601631634
  • ISBN-13: 978-1601631633
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 7.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,184 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Greg Curran has degrees in Biology and Psychology from the State University of New York at Purchase and a MS in Curriculum and Teaching from Fordham University. He has been teaching Science for 20 years, and is currently teaching Chemistry and Physics at Fordham Preparatory School in New York, where he also serves as the chairman of the Science Department. He is the author of Science Help Online (fordhamprep.org/gcurran), a free site designed to help students who are learning Chemistry.

Customer Reviews

The book is well written and very helpful.
DWC
Oh my goodness, if your desire is to pass your college chemistry class this book is a MUST!
NeeCee Johnson
It explains concepts and principles in a very clear manner with practical examples.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Audrey on May 18, 2013
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The author explains most things very clearly. I sometimes wish things were organized a little differently or introduced more explicitly for the sake of clarity. Also, there are some errors that can make things confusing. (Like an answer that doesn't match the question asked, or an incorrect formula here and there [The formula for carbonate on p 147 is incorrect.]) Mostly a helpful book, though, especially if used alongside actual class coursework.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By kath222 on May 10, 2011
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I ditched my $165 text book and lecture notes and just used this because it is so well written. The author is a very good teacher. He gives you little tricks to help remember things too. I taught myself chemistry with this book.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By DJ Fryer on June 6, 2011
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I picked up this book without ever having taken a chem class in my life. I did all the practice problem sets and tests and by the end, was prepared to take Gen Chem at a university. The explanations are clear, and the author is great at translated abstract ideas into everyday concepts. Please make a companion volume that's just more problem sets (with answers). The crucial info is also in bold and in green, so it's easy to find. Also, tables throughout are very helpful. The answers keys are at the back of each chapter, not after each problem, so you have a chance to solve on your own. And the author walks you through the steps of how to get the right answer, instead of just giving you a number, so you get to learn why you got it wrong (if you did!). HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Smelser on May 15, 2013
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This book was a very helpful review tool for a college Chemistry major studying for the Praxis II exam in Chemistry, There were very clear and inventive analogies and the practice problems were very helpful. The book may be a better fit for a high school student, rather than for someone at the college level, but this book covered the fundamentals well and I was very pleased with the book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Val on January 22, 2012
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This and the Prentice Hall Review Book are what you need for supplementing Regent's High School Chem. The explanations on structure of elements and molecules are clear.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. Ivey on November 6, 2013
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This book is much like the Homework Helpers Physics -- great for beginners and in conjunction with real textbooks, but not as a standalone. Both are just too short and miss some vital topics, and don't go into enough depth on some. Very good buy, though, if used correctly or just learning the basics for the sake of learning.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Erica Remer on November 23, 2013
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This is a fantastic learning tool! I bought it to help my son in high school, and I got concepts I didn't get in college when I was a biochemistry major! Lot's of "Aha!" moments for me, but it is written so clearly that I believe my son will understand the concepts from reading this book. I HIGHLY recommend this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Thomas A. Chew on May 21, 2014
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This is not so much a review but rather a few comments. This book is very good at explaining concepts at a very basic level. So, if in your class a new concept is introduced and you have no idea what is going on, this book will get you on track. I have used this book inthis fashon and believe it to be worth the cost.

One of the negatives is that the book sometimes introduces concepts out of logical sequence. A great example is in Ch. 3 where the author talks about Quantum Numbers several pages before a discussion of electron orbitals. A student who doesn't know anything about electron orbitals will have no clue what the author is talking about with respect to Quantum Numbers.

That aside, a student using the book as a supplement to a chemistry class would probably look up "Quantum Numbers" in the index and turn to that section if they were have difficulties, rather than read the book from beginning to end.

In summery, I'm glad I have the book and I'm using it as a review guide this summer to keep thoughts of chemistry fresh in my brain.
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