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ISBN-13: 978-0321630773 ISBN-10: 0321630777 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 782 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall; 1 edition (April 3, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321630777
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321630773
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 1.3 x 11.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #981,570 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Nivaldo Tro is a Professor of Chemistry at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California, where he has been a faculty member since 1990. He received his Ph.D. in chemistry from Stanford University for work on developing and using optical techniques to study the adsorption and desorption of molecules to and from surfaces in ultrahigh vacuum. He then went on to the University of California at Berkeley, where he did postdoctoral research on ultrafast reaction dynamics in solution. Since coming to Westmont, Professor Tro has been awarded grants from the American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund, from Research Corporation, and from the National Science Foundation to study the dynamics of various processes occurring in thin adlayer films adsorbed on dielectric surfaces. He has been honored as Westmont's outstanding teacher of the year three times and has also received the college's outstanding researcher of the year award. Professor Tro enjoys surfing, biking, being outdoors with his family, and reading good books to his children. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By MathGuy on August 28, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This book: Principles of Chemistry: A Molecular Approach Hardcover: 888 pages
Publisher: Prentice Hall; 1 edition (January 15, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0321560043 ISBN-13: 978-0321560049

There is another book with a very similar title
Chemistry: A Molecular Approach (Hardcover)
1081 pages
Publisher: Prentice Hall; 1 edition (December 1, 2006)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0131000659
ISBN-13: 978-0131000650
Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.6 x 1.7 inches

Be careful as which book is required by your college/university. The "Principles of Chemistry" book is newer, but has been shortened by 193 pages. This means that some material has been eliminated from the 2006 book.

These two books have been bundled into other confusing packages. To avoid confusion and possibly ordering the wrong book, pay attention to the title difference, "Principles of Chemistry:" versus "Chemistry:...". And also the picture of the book cover page is very helpful in distingushing one book from another. Buying the bundles, "with the Solutions Manuals" seems to be cheaper. Most instructors realize the Internet Access packages are designed to nickel and dime students, and therefore do not recommend/use them.

The price of this book is on the high side. I paid about 186 dollars for the combination of the thicker 2006 book and the solutions manual package from Amazon. College textbooks should not be this expensive. The price of books is an unfortunate and unnecessary barrier to educating young people, and fight it by selling your own books directly to other consumers to avoid middle-man rip off.

Professor Tro is a dedicated educator and his book should be good.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Iris M. on May 6, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I took 111 and used this book. It is a fantastic book with clear, good examples. My teacher used the slides and I can say that I did well in chemistry and understood everything.

The book has an answer section for odd problems and a glossary. You will love this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By k-dub on December 12, 2011
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I saved some major cash by buying this book online compared to purchasing it in the school book store at JCC in Louisville KY.
I am going to try and purchase all of my books from Amazon in the future.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By mommyzsweetpea on September 8, 2011
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I bought this book for my Inorganic Chemistry class. I like it, but think it could be written in a more step-by-step fashion, teaching all the basics before building up to the hard stuff. It works perfect for those who are already familiar with chemistry, but for those who have not ever been introduced to it, I would recommend they try another book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Graduate Student on December 17, 2011
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Good simple textbook covering the basics of chemistry. Easy to read and the principles are laid out in relatively basic terms. Good for anyone trying to understand general chemistry.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Olivia R. Mccracken on January 21, 2010
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This book is very detailed and worth the price, it covers just about everything. I would recommend this book because it is very easy to learn straight from.
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Generally, this book is good and cheap compared with other chemistry textbooks. However, it also contains a lot of mistakes compared with other textbooks. Since this is a chemistry book, those mistakes are unacceptable, but most of them are in the answer key. The best thing you can do when solving problems of this textbook is checking it with your classmates or your instructors.
Warning: This book provides a definition about the valence electrons which I can't say it's totally wrong but it is different from the other textbooks. YOU have to check with your instructor about this before you do any tests.
FYI, I got hard cover version of this book with only $33 including shipping fee.
Overall, I can tell that your chemistry knowledge will not be violated if you use this textbook even though there are some mistake.
For someone who studies at EVC, you will save some money if you buy this and study Chem 1A and Chem 1B, but it doesn't have chapter 24 which is used in Chem 1B (just one chapter). If you just need Chem 1A, you should buy the customized version sold at the bookstore.
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Not the worst textbook, but this is a prime example of why education fails students with an interest. The guilty party isn't always the writer(s) either. Do you need to cram for chemistry? Guess what? The cramming didn't begin with you; it started with either those who standardize tests or curriculae and flows into texts (like this) and syllabi crammed full of content every term and every year. When you use a text like this for a class, you should be asking what's wrong with a world that expects people to cram for exams, cram too much info into one text, one term, etc. --then forget much of it, only to use the internet to "remember" it later on IF one gets a degree in science. For those who fail to get a science degree: it's not entirely your fault; it's a societal problem. Exhibit A is here: a course designed around Tro Chemistry. Good luck.
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