Chemistry: the Study of Matter and Its Changes International Ed Edition
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You will need to be scoring well and have memorized anything around AP math and Pre-Calculus, mostly Algebra, 3d geometry, and measurement systems. Also scientific method and SI.
Like most American text books on the subject, a lot of material around nuclear chemistry and organic synthesis are omitted, despite what is popular rumor, it was like this well before 9/11. I suggest european or russian texts if you want those subjects or more logical&thourough teachings on the subjects in this book..
First, like most modern texts, I found it dummied down compared to the older text.
Second, I find the format difficult to read. The extra wide pages make speed reading very difficult.
Finally, like most American based chemistry books, I get a little bothered with the importance of the SI units, but then have a section
of questions in feet, miles, teaspoons. If SI is important (and I believe it is), stick with it.
All in all, good text. As good as Pauling's ..... well, they will be both on my book case, but Pauling might be a little closer to my desk.
The book is complete in it's presentation of the subjects of general chemistry with extras. It is superbly illustrated and clear in it's explanations and the example sections are superb as well. You can get it cheaper than it's pricey ($160) retail cost but if you have to pay more I think you will find it worth it.
(this is taken from page 225)
This is inconvenient. If we want to calculate the internal energy change for the reaction, we'll have to measure its volume change and then use Equation 6.9. To avoid this problem, scientists have defined a "corrected" internal energy called enthalpy, or H. Enthalpy is defied by the equation
H = E + PV
From the Greek en + thalpein, meaning "to heat" or "to warm."
That's about all the initial explanation available about enthalpy. Later, it explains (implicitly) what "enthalpy" means, only if you are able to sort of "decipher" the explanation.
*Note that there is a typo where it says "enthalpy is defied by the equation where it should be "defined" instead of "defied"
Overall, I don't recommend this book at all. I prefer "Chemistry 8th edition" by Raymond Chang