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Investigating Chemistry: A Forensic Science Perspective Second Edition Edition

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'Each chapter is easy to read, starting with a forensic case study followed by a chemistry topic...The graphics, tables and diagrams helpfully present information in a different format, making it easier to understand and remember.' - Mark Baron, Education in Chemistry --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

MATTHEW JOHLL is Professor of Chemistry and Forensic Science at Illinois Valley Community College, USA. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 704 pages
  • Publisher: W. H. Freeman; Second Edition edition (December 23, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1429209895
  • ISBN-13: 978-1429209892
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.8 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #714,980 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Tara Akers on March 8, 2007
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This book was purchased for a college class in beginning chemistry and is far from the standard dry science text.

The author gives clear detail about chemistry with interwoven bits of forensic science to give body to the dryer chemistry information. I've found I can remember the chemistry better by remembering a comparison to soil samples or whatever else the author uses as an example. While one can learn chemistry by reading a dry text and practicing the problems given, the method this author uses is absorbed and understood with far more depth. Without going into gory detail, the author describes a crime scene and the case that sprouted from it. Then the author teaches chemistry by giving facts about chemistry. The information is easy to read and keeps the attention of the reader by comparing basic chemistry to applications of chemistry in forensic science.

The final word is the chemistry teacher did well by the students in choosing this book.
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This was the book we used for my chem 101 class. I had a little background from high school, but didn't remember much of it at all. This book was written with tons of real-life examples, so everything made perfect sense. My teacher was a little "out there" in her teaching style, so some students would get by just based on the book.

The examples are VERY easy to understand and use colors and arrows to further explain what they are doing. There are "case studies" in each chapter that describe how chemistry was used in a criminal case. We weren't required to read those, but some of them were just so interesting anyway.

This is a great book for someone who wants to learn chemistry basics on their own. It would also be good to use as a thorough review of chemistry concepts presented in a nonstandard way.
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Chemistry that makes sense! Who knew? What a great breakdown of the subject. Thank you, Matthew Johll!!!
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Is exactly what I needed for my summer class at college. So thankful I found it for only $15 here!
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