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Introduction to Environmental Engineering and Science (3rd Edition) [Hardcover]

Gilbert M. Masters , Wendell P. Ela
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June 18, 2007 0131481932 978-0131481930 3
Appropriate for undergraduate engineering and science courses in Environmental Engineering. Balanced coverage of all the major categories of environmental pollution, with coverage of current topics such as climate change and ozone depletion, risk assessment, indoor air quality, source-reduction and recycling, and groundwater contamination.

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A moderately technical introduction to a wide range of environmental topics -- including issues relating to water and air pollution, hazardous waste and risk assessment, waste treatment technologies, and global climate change. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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About the cover: Death Valley, one of the hottest places on Earth and home to more than 1000 species of plants, including more than 50 endemics, received record amounts of rain during the winters of 2004 and 2005. Through March of 2005, more than 8 inches of rain fell—4 times the yearly average of only 1.96 inches. Dormant seeds of various desert flowers germinated and flourished at record levels. This photograph was taken during one of these record rainfalls in March 2005. 


“One of the strengths of Masters/Ela is that the text is easily readable by undergraduate students who do not already have much background in environmental engineering and science. The writing style is clear and engaging.” Bruce E. Rittman, Arizona State University
“This is one of the clearest and best written textbooks I have used. The text is concise and informative with a minimum of technological jargon…. I know that I could not be as effective an educator without well written and thoughtful textbooks such as Introduction to Environmental Engineering and Science.” Gail Montgomery Brion, University of Kentucky
“The best features of this text are its readability and clarity. Secondly, its use of the mass balance approach, and carrying it throughout the rest of the book, is a great strength as well.” Gregory G. Wilbur, Oklahoma State University

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 720 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall; 3 edition (June 18, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0131481932
  • ISBN-13: 978-0131481930
  • Product Dimensions: 1.1 x 7.2 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #82,999 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Intro Text January 12, 2012
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I used this textbook for a 300-level introduction to Environmental Engineering. The text is well written, with a strong and personable narrative, and explains the vast majority of the topics in a clear and accessible manner. Technical jargon is kept to a minimum, and this text could easily be read by a non-engineer. The text covers Water and Wastewater chemistry and treatment, water pollution and control, air pollution and control, solid waste treatment and disposal, and risk and risk management, as well as providing a solid background in the requisite chemistry and mathematics. College-level mathematics, including basic calculus, are included, although the textbook could be used in a non-calculus course without loosing any real continuity or coverage, by eliminating some derivations and a very few formulae. A basic college-level chemistry background is also extremely beneficial for Chapters 2 and 5 (Chemistry and Water topics).

However, the provided exercises appear to have been written for an earlier edition and not updated, as the sequence and phraseology differs from that of the text, which led to confusion on a few occasions. Also, no solutions are provided in the back of the book and no student solutions manual is available, which makes study from the text difficult. The text also covers far more material than can reasonably be covered in a one-semester course, so coverage and continuity is in large part up to the instructor's planning and topic selection.

All in all, I found this book to provide a broad, clear, and succinct introduction to environmental engineering.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Effective May 1, 2010
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This book is easy to get through and explains the equations that you need well. I'm using it for a class right now, but it is a great intro book for environmental engineering.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Expensive! August 11, 2013
I needed this book for my Intro to Environmental Engineering class last semester. It was a good book, but I got the soft cover edition for sooooo much cheaper. There wasn't any difference in the text, even the problems were all the same. I just hate to see people fall into overbuying their textbooks. (Some of my friends still buy from their university! 0.0 SO expensive!)

Anyway, here's the link for the amazon listed soft covers, hope it does you well!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Survey Text February 20, 2008
I found this to be a great survey text for environmental engineering. I purchased it for my intro class and it served as a good reference for basic math and chemistry needed for my classes. I found that it explained the general chemistry (e.g. ammonia striping, carbonate chemistry, and acid-base chemistry) more clear and with better examples that my higher level texts. It gives a good foundation and basis for further study, but, again, it is definitely and intro level text and not recommended for anything higher than a 300-level course.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very nice book August 23, 2013
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I recommend this book to every engineering student who has environmental course in their senior stage. This book gets you radically into the field of environmental engineering. Several examples and problems are available for you at the end of every chapter that drills you well into the subject. I wish I would have said right things about this product and I hope everybody can do the best in this course or similar courses.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for introductory level June 15, 2013
I was prescribed this text for a 500-level course for my Masters, this unit was specific to Environmental Pollution. Though this is primarily a book for Environmental engineering, it provides all relevant and much needed background information relevant to environmental pollution and the introduction of the environmental risk and impacts.

I highly recommend this for anyone doing a similar course.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars great intro to environmental engineering November 17, 2007
By Andra
This book is a great undergraduate level introduction to the concepts in environmental engineering. The various issues are explained in clear English. The text applies college level math and science to environmental issues. Overall, it is an textbook that can help a student figure out if he or she would like to study environmental engineering, and gives the studen context for further study.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Environment Engineering May 9, 2014
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Very general and broad range of topics covered in the text. Nothing too specific and in-depth just like any other introductory course material.
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Published 2 months ago by Susan
4.0 out of 5 stars Decent
I'm not an environmental major at all, but this book describes the topics in a way that makes sense. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Duncan McAuley
5.0 out of 5 stars NICE ITEM
The delivery was so fast. It is relatively nice as a used book. This is a paperback US edition, although it looks like the international one. Read more
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Got the book right on time and in perfect condition. Really useful graphics and very well written to explain all topics both in depth and in an overview.
Published 9 months ago by Alberto Huerta
5.0 out of 5 stars good service
I have been hesitant to write this review for a long while but the arrival time and quality where good.
Published 17 months ago by Aaron
1.0 out of 5 stars I was sent the completely wrong book that was in terrible shape
I ordered a hardcover of Introduction to Environmental Engineering and Science (3rd Edition) but instead got 53 loose pages of a completely different book.
Published 18 months ago by Abby
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast Shipment
Came very quick. Has some interesting content but will sell as soon as I am finished with the class. Works for its purpose.
Published 21 months ago by CCEUSU
5.0 out of 5 stars SOLUTIONS MANUAL + textbook review
This book is probably one of the most informative and thorough textbooks I've ever obtained as a student.
This is a text book well worth your money. Read more
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