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Chemistry 9th Edition

4.3 out of 5 stars 19 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-0073221038
ISBN-10: 0073221031
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About the Author

Raymond Chang received his B.Sc. degree in chemistry from London University, England and his Ph.D. in Chemistry from Yale University. After doing postdoctoral research at Washington University and teaching for a year at Hunter College, he joined the chemistry at Williams College, where he has taught since 1968. Professor Chang has written books on spectroscopy, physical chemistry, and industrial chemistry.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 1061 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Science/Engineering/Math; 9 edition (March 10, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0073221031
  • ISBN-13: 978-0073221038
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 1.6 x 10.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #209,644 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Chang's Chemistry, 9th edition, is a well written text that is good for a freshman-level general chemistry sequence. For the most part, the text is easy to understand and does not require re-reading. Sections on thermodynamics and molecular orbital theory, however, were confusing. I would not recommend the accompanying solutions manual; it is overpriced considering it only provides answers to odd-numbered problems, which are already in the back of the text. Overall a good book, which I would recommend.
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Chang's 9th edition has been reviewed by the College Board as one of the approved AP Chemistry texts. The text incorporates the complete AP Chemistry curriculum

"Following the tradition of the previous eight editions, the newest Raymond Chang Chemistry is still readable and logically organized; thus it is very appropriate for AP Chemistry." -College Board Review

The newest edition has improved readability and has provided extra help in problem solving. Key equations, answers, and sample problems are shaded and set apart for easy review.

The example problems now include well-integrated strategies that clarify the calculations so that students can understand the worked out solutions. The carefully crafted strategies distill the chapter ideas into concise sentences that focus the reasoning involved in solving the example problems.

You could get a complete chemistry course by reading going over the example problem strategies and solutions.

The text has a clean flow of ideas without distracting clutter. Each new edition has honed this textbook for precision in learning. Every paragraph's meaning is clear, and each sentence is there for a reason.

Too many textbooks have become bloated with excess padding in each new edition. Chang's text kept its ranking as one of the top college textbooks by keeping current, providing excellent explanations, and staying lean through careful editing.
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I'm a geologist who has spent a lot of time developing software. Lately I've been delving back into petrology, and found I needed to brush up my chemistry. Amazon reviews steered me to this book - especially the ones dissing the book for being too hard. Yep, it's the straight stuff alright, clear and concentrated. I'm picking up everything I forgot and then some. If you want it full strength, you'll like this.
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By Lee Kaiser on February 16, 2015
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Chemistry, this is the most favorite subject of mine, and any book of Chemistry is very resourceful. You will just have to find a book written for your liking, and some times it takes two or three times to find the right book.
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This textbook is very good with explanations. You can actually study this book by yourself with little or no help and still understand the material.
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This is my favorite General Chemistry textbook. The writing style is very "clean" and straight to the point. His explanations of concepts are also very good. For example I was reading about the common ion effect and I read another textbook and was genuinely confused. I then read Chang and his explanation made everything clear. The practice problems at the end of each chapter are also very good.
Another point to note is that, in this edition, they have made the binding of the book virtually bullet proof. A lot of textbooks are poorly bound and only last a couple of months.
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Great book for general chemistry. I am currently taking Chem 2 and the book is easy to follow along and has a good amount of practice examples throughout the chapters that help a lot.
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I had a great experience with the seller, so I would rate the Seller 5 stars!

Unfortunately, I had to get this book for a Chemistry class for school. If you happen to be a teacher looking for books to use, DO NOT GET THIS BOOK. After cracking open the book and attempting to read the chapter, I shut it 5 minutes later and only used it for practice problems. The book was very, very dry and I simply don't believe in having to force yourself to read a book. I have had plenty of books that actually wrote like they were trying to entice someone not interested in Chemistry (or whatever subject for that matter) and actually make it interesting. Even the practice problems were annoying, as the book did not give you the answers of say the odd #'s like any other book I've ever had does. Overall, I absolutely hated this book and am sad I spent the money on it!
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