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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on September 15, 2007
I am a chem major and had the worst luck of having a terrible instructor and book for my introductory classes. After a few horrible attempts at teaching I asked a different professor if they had a book they recommended. I ttold them that I would be trying to do this independently from class and that as a chem major I would need get a good solid grounding in chem. The professor gave me this book saying that it had been rejected by the committee that selects the books for the intro chem classes.
Cons: there are a few mistakes in this book and when I asked the professor why it was rejected she stated it was because there were some chemistry in the book that was wrong.
Pros: I loved the book. It was very easy to read and to follow especially if going on it independently ( of course when I had questions I asked my graduate level friends and they cleared this up). Overall it was a great book it really explained it on easy terms at least well enough that when other future professors went over a topic I found I could either grasp what they were talking about much quicker than the other students around me or I had gone a little more in depth than the professor wanted to go but because I did I was able to understand it better and quicker. The book is not perfect but it is a great basic chem book. Even now 2 semesters later I got unlucky to get stuck with a really dry hard to understand professor and I am using this book to reference as I once again continue to do independent learning.
One more note: I use this book as reference book so I have never read it back to back..I have always followed the syllabus in my classes and just looked up what I needed to know, worked out the example problems, and the cumulative problems. When my answered differed from the text that was when I asked my TA to help me solve. This has worked fabulously for me. I hope that this review helped. Heck for the price it can't hurt to try it. You probably won't regret it.

Update (2012): I will say this. I am now getting my PhD in chemistry and would still recommend this book to anyone taking an introductory/remedial class.It explains a lot of concepts that most teachers assume students should know but some how a lot of students do not know, in an easy to understand manner. I have been teaching students for the past 3 years and find this book very useful when picking example problems that test the most basic of concepts. For the next level up in introductory chemistry I would go for Chang's "Chemistry" 4th edition. I realize that he is on his 8th edition but the 4th, for me, is still the best one out there. Between these two books you can get a solid foundation in chemistry :)
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
It's too bad that this book isn't that badly written, though I disagree with the way the book is organized. I got asked to teach chemistry at our local community college for mainly nursing and respiratory therapists. It's their only chemistry course, and we didn't make it through two weeks of this book without finding so many errors in the questions in the back of the chapters, the quizzes, and I am finding more and more on the CD-ROM provided with this. I did not pick this book, and the department has gotten me another recommended chemistry book to replace this one, coming in next week. In the meantime, I have to double-check all the answers and do a lot of the tests and quizzes on my own with material from other sources, because the stuff for this book is so bad. This is not the fault totally of the writers, but of the publisher too, who needs to have someone capable of checking and proofreading who knows chemistry, and can sit there with a calculator and check all the answers. I cannot expose a group of students going into medical professions, who need to have a good basic grounding in chemistry, to such a badly proofed text!

Karen Sadler

Science Education

University of Pittsburgh

Commmunity College of Allegheny County
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on January 24, 2010
I bought this book for my intro to Chemistry and the first day that I recieved it I opened the front cover and it came untsuck to the spine of the book. Today when I was studying I opened it up again and the whole cover back cover and three pages from the book came entirely off the book. I bought it brand new and I don't think this is acceptable. I am not a Chem major so I will have no use of this book after this class and no one is going to want to buy it from me if its falling apart. I either need a new book or a refund for this poorly made crap! The book itself is not bad it easy to understand and makes clear points for a person that is not interested in Chemistry. Anyway I hope someone can please get back to me on this item before it all falls apart.

Thank you
Marcela
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on August 8, 2009
this book came a little longer than i anticipated, 3 weeks from the date i ordered it, so if you want your book fast i recommend the expediated shipping. Also, there was a problem with the packing it stuck directly to my book removing pieces of the cover, which i think is not great for the buyback. Other than that it was the cheapest priced of all textbook websites.
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on April 3, 2011
The chemistry book was great! Brand spanking new. Great price. It was bought at a real affordable price compared to other websites. I would most definitely buy from this website again! thanks, hope you enjoyed this review.
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on September 23, 2013
description matched as it was stated: water damaged but in good condition. Thought I could sell it back back the book but not the case. Don't really care since I got it for $16.
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on June 3, 2014
Needed for my Chem class in Fall 2013. It was helpful at times, but I hardly ever used it. It definitely wasn't worth the price I bought it for though...
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on March 3, 2013
Exactly like the tenth edition except the pages are kind of off but ha the exact same information. saved me almost $100. Its your choice.
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on June 17, 2014
I was trying to prepare myself for my class in the fall, but this book is not easy to follow as I thought it would be.
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on April 13, 2013
I'm not rating the book itself, but I'm rating the fact that it was reasonably priced and it came really quickly!
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