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Chemistry: Principles and Reactions 5 Pck Edition

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William L. Masterton received his PhD in physical chemistry from the University of Illinois in 1953. Two years later he began to work at the University of Connecticut, where he taught general chemistry and a graduate course in chemical thermodynamics. He has received numerous teaching awards, including an award from the Student Senate at the University of Connecticut, of which he was most proud. Dr. Masterton is co-author of the all-time best-selling general chemistry textbook CHEMICAL PRINCIPLES, which has sold well over 1.5 million copies. Dr. Masterton's field of research, solution thermodynamics, prepared him well for making maple syrup each March at the family farmhouse in New Hampshire.

Cecile Nespral Hurley received her MS at the University of California, Los Angeles. Since 1979, she has served as Lecturer and Coordinator of Freshman Chemistry at the University of Connecticut, where she directed a groundbreaking National Science Foundation-supported project on cooperative learning in general chemistry. She is one of a prestigious group of University Teaching Fellows who are selected by their fellow faculty members as models of teaching excellence and dedication. In addition, she coordinates the High School Cooperative Program in Chemistry through which superior Connecticut high school students take the university's general chemistry course at their schools. In her spare time, Professor Hurley roots for the University of Connecticut women's basketball Huskies--and roots out weeds from her country garden, which she likes to imagine rivals Monet's at Giverny. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Brooks/Cole Pub Co; 5 Pck edition (January 21, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0534217729
  • ISBN-13: 978-0534217723
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 8.5 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,136,297 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I used this text in my AP Chemistry course a couple of years back, and now that I'm in college and planning on taking some physical chemistry courses I decided that having this book as a reference would be good. So I bought the 5th edition of this text for a cent. I distinctly remember this book being great for a couple of reasons. The first is the size.

The reviewer who said that this book must only contain a forth of the information that other textbooks have because it is a forth of the size is clearly mistaken. In my own field of study (math), we know better than to say such nonsense. The reason for this book's slimness is because the authors have taken care to present the material in a precise, clear, and unified fashion, as opposed to dribbling on and describing the same thing five different ways. If you don't believe me, take a look at the table of contents. This book's size is not indicative of the volume of content contained.

Another reason why I liked this book so much is that it gives a unified approach to chemistry. Sections like gasses will often come back and support new sections to provide insight. One example of this is how the authors use the ideal gas law alongside the theory of vapor pressure to properly analyze how gasses and liquids behave together in a a closed environment. The author's do not present a collection of party tricks. The student will never get into the mindset of "ok, i have this type of problem, and so I reference this equation to solve it" without really knowing the material. Another example is that the authors do not present every single variation on the ideal gas law (Charles, Boyle, etc...).
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Format: Hardcover
At first glance, this book looks too abstract, geared more towards high school students. Upon closer examination, I found that the book is extremely well-organized and written in the most concise way possible without losing the essence of the subject.
Only other chemistry book that I think is comparable in quality is "Chemistry 2nd ed" by McMurry. However, if you compare side by side, you will see that the exact same materials are generally discussed in much more concise form with no wordy explanations in Masterton's writing.
I think the book received some negative comments from other reviewers because it appears over simplified; however, I think all the important materials are covered extremely well at college-level. If you believe in efficiency, definitely use this book. However, if you want to look/feel sophisticated, scholarly or pretentious, there's a lot of wordy books out there.
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By AnnieB on January 21, 2016
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
not written in a way for the student to learn anything, and the homework from here was way more complex than what the examples and explanations went over. Chemistry can be made to be understood if it was explained in a much better way.
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By A Customer on September 4, 1999
Format: Spiral-bound
i bought this book to help me pass honors chem in high school cuz it corresponds with our text and was highly recommended. it has a great sort of outline for each chapter where you can take notes in a fill in the blank form, and the stepbystep instructions and problems are great.
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Format: Hardcover
I used this book for AP chem. I know one of the reviewers claims that it doesn't prepare you for the test. I think though, that it covers all the information you'll need to get a five on the AP, as I used this book, and I got a five. Perhaps, the practice problems aren't exactly AP chem test type problems. Therefore, to study for the actual test, go find a practice AP chem book like Barrons. They give you myriad practice problems. This book though, explains chemistry, not just how to do problems. Some people think that its over simplified. I think that its just written well and doesn't over complicate matters. Everything you need to know for a first year non calculus based chemistry course is in this book...and its accessible. The language is clear and concise. The sample problems are very useful because they cover basic problem solving techniques. I also enjoyed the little notes in the margins, they're kinda funny (this refers to the third edition). Anyway, if you want a general chem book that is not too complicated but still covers alot of material, this one's for you!
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I am a UCONN student, where Prof. Masterton and Prof. Hurley are my chemistry teachers. I have to say that this book is very well written, and interesting to read. It explains the priciple in clear and easy to understand fassion, not wordy, not repetitive. The exercises are step by step, and get to the point. The author often makes connection between chemistry and our everyday life. For example, he will expain that sea water is a bit slipery because it's slightly basic. There are some comments that this book is too simple, and not at college level. Well, I'm taking general chemistry course here, with this textbook, and this course is one of the hardest course at UCONN. We judge a book by it's content, not by it's thickness or how pretty the title page is. There are not too many organic stuff here, but most people who is major in chemistry related fields go on to take Organic Chemistry, at here this is the way it is here. This book is supposed to be General introduction to chemistry. And you can certainly get a lot out of it.
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