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Chemistry For Dummies 2nd Edition

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ISBN-10: 1118007301
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A matter-of-fact guide to mastering the basics of chemistry

Now there's a fun, easy way to master the basics of chemistry. If you're confounded by compounds and want a little help making sense of what's being taught in your chemistry course, Chemistry For Dummies gets you rolling with all the basics of matter and energy, atoms and molecules, acids and bases, and much more!

  • Chemistry 101 — get an easy-to-follow intro on the foundations of chemistry, understand where it fits in among the other sciences, and grasp the chemical world around you

  • First there was Atom — delve into the microscopic world of atoms and get the lowdown on how they consist of protons, neutrons, and electrons

  • It's a gas — discover the wonderful world of gases and comprehend Boyle's law, Charles's law, Gay-Lussac's law, the combined gas law, and more

  • Get a reaction — find out everything you need to know about chemical reactions, from the many types you may encounter to the skills you need to balance them

  • The bonds that tie — follow a plain-English explanation of quantum theory and eye an explanation on ionic bonding (and their real-life applications)

Open the book and find:

  • Helpful tips for solving problems in high school and college chemistry

  • How to use the periodic table like a pro

  • Guidance on using the mole method

  • Calculations you need to know

  • Environmental pollutants, and what chemistry can do to fix them

  • Basics of thermochemistry

  • Lots of illustrations and figures

  • How chemistry works in everything from soaps to medicine to petroleum

Learn to:

  • Grasp basic chemistry principles

  • Make sense of matter and energy, atoms and molecules, and acids and bases

  • Tackle problems you may face in your Chem I course

About the Author

John T. Moore, EdD is regents professor of Chemistry at Stephen F. Austin State University, where he is also the director of the Teaching Excellence Center. He is the coauthor of Biochemistry For Dummies and Organic Chemistry II For Dummies.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 2 edition (May 31, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118007301
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118007303
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.8 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (198 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,521 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Chemistry For Dummies Chemistry Workbook For Dummies Chemistry: 1,001 Practice Problems For Dummies U CAN: Chemistry For Dummies
Chemistry For Dummies, 2nd Edition Chemistry Workbook For Dummies, 2nd Edition Chemistry: 1,001 Practice Problems For Dummies U CAN: Chemistry I For Dummies
Guide Type Tutorial Workbook Practice Problems Lessons + Online Practice Problems
Audience Level Beginner to Intermediate Beginner to Intermediate Beginner to Intermediate Beginner to Intermediate
Pages 384 pages 312 pages 432 pages 456 pages
Author(s) John T. Moore Peter J. Mikulecky & Chris Hren Heather Hattori & Richard H. Langley
Publication Date May 2011 November 2014 April 2014 John T. Moore, Chris Hren, & Peter J. Mikulecky
Imprint For Dummies For Dummies For Dummies For Dummies
Print Book ISBN 9781118007303 9781118940044 9781118549322 9781119079408
Brief Description Step-by-step instruction covering the key topics and core concepts taught in a typical Chemistry I course Hundreds of sample problems to test your Chemistry skills; contains minimal review of core concepts and is good companion to Chemistry For Dummies Hands-on practice problems with detailed answers to help reinforce core concepts and identify topics requiring more study Complete learning solution that combines lessons, practical examples, study questions, and online practice problems into one package

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By Chris N. Goodman on July 20, 2011
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Chemistry for Dummies has been a tried and true chemistry book for my students who may be learning their first chemistry or reviewing chemical principles after a long time away from school. We have greatly enjoyed the coverage of the 2003 book for its simple format and simple explanations. As students (ages 19 - 60's) learning hazardous materials, the simple approach and brief overview of other topics, i.e. organic chemistry, petroleum, synthetics, and household hazardous products is very helpful in their choice of profession.

In the 2011 2nd edition it is good to see the 2003 appendices go away and have become a separate chapter (2). My students do complain that the 2011 edition has been made more complicated and several good parts from the earlier edition have been left out, i.e. the organic intro, petroleum, etc. I totally agree with them. With a very short time to teach an overview of chemistry (32 hours), students need to learn the basics atomic principles of atoms, ions, atomic sub particle placement, and the roles of protons and electrons. What isn't needed at this level is Quantum mechanics (QM). Students need to know about orbitals (energy levels), how many total electrons fill them and the Octet rule to successfully understand the basics of ionic and covalent bonding and basic chemical reactions. . The QM breakdown into sub orbitals (s, p, d, f) is more than they need The 2011 increased emphasis on QM diminishes the value of the text at a basic level. Explanation of the periodic table geography simplifies its organization, trends and use and speeds up student understanding and retention. QM is above this basic level of a need to know and complicates a grasp of the basic fundamentals.
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I am a nursing student, and I wish I had purchased this book earlier in the semester, instead of waiting for it to become available at the public library. After reading, what I am studying makes so much more sense. Chemistry is less of a black hole now. I like the quirky way it's written. The author does a good job of making the information feel a lot more friendly. My chemistry textbook this term does a fairly good job of explaining things, but I was still lost. Chemistry for Dummies was the 'lightbulb' I needed to make everything clearer. I am algebra-challenged and this book was quite a helpful adjunct to the class.
As an aside, it's true... you will almost never need this much chemistry unless you are a chemistry major. And this is just the baby stuff! I have queried nurses and they tell me they simply don't use it. Very frustrating, and a huge mental stumbling block for me, especially since schools in my area which are geared toward two year RN degrees don't require Biology I & II, which is far more applicable to nursing than chemistry.
Now I just have to figure out a good book to help me muddle through the next level of chemistry (required for a master's degree). .. General Chemistry and Qualitative Analysis. Gack!!!!
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Entering a Chemistry class which is a requirement for my RN degree worried me. I was worried that because I had not taken a chemistry course in high school my grades would be hindered. This prompted me to check Amazon in search of a solution. I decided to purchase Chemistry for Dummies. It is amazing how just skimming through this book familiarized me enough in Chemistry lingo to understand my class. I highly recommend, "Chemistry for Dummies". vaf
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First of all, of course this isn't going to cover everything in your Chemistry I class, or it would be a textbook!

This adjunct is a good supplement to Chemsitry I. It often explains ideas in a different way which increases your chances of actually understanding the material. It covers quite a bit, given what it actually covers.

************Note update 7/2007***********************

Someone asked me a question about The teaching company video series, if it is college level. Well, no. It is High school chemistry. However, having never had high school chemistry, after going through the course, I passed chem I with an A... and I really didn't notice an educational level difference. The material presented was pretty much what you go over in College Chemistry I, so taking chem I once, getting an F, watching the teaching companies Chemistry set over Christmas break, and then getting 1 of 2 A's in the class the next semester speaks for itself :).
Pros: A good adjunct for first semester General Chemistry I. Good ideas and superior explanations of ideas. Often explains topics in many different ways.

Cons: Like most For Dummies books, the second semester isn't covered. I guess they assume you fully understand all concepts the first semester. This book covers (barely) maybe 1 topic from Chemistry II.

Worth buying for Chemistry I, the ideas will be helpful for Chemistry II, but another or more complete book that includes the 2nd semester would be helpful.

Other adjuncts you may find helpful: The Standard Deviants 3VHS set. The Teaching Company's 'High School Chemistry' video set by Frank Cardulla. This (the teaching co video) is the reason I was 1 of 3 A's in my class.
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