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Chemistry Chemistry College level?

  1. Nov 11, 2017 #1
    I need good books covering the chemistry in the college period. (Not sure if this is the correct name. Just take it to be the period after which one goes to the university.)

    Any suggestions?

    In physics we have this book https://www.amazon.ca/University-Physics-Modern-14th/dp/0321973615
    which covers physics from the most basic to the undergraduate level. Is there any similar in Chemistry?
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  3. Nov 12, 2017 #2


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    In the US, "college" and "university" both refer to undergraduate institutions (bachelor's degree level). Generally, the most important difference between them is size. Colleges are usually smaller than universities, and usually don't offer master's and doctor's degrees. The period before college or university is called "high school".
  4. Nov 12, 2017 #3

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    In college, for chemistry major, you need book(s) on each topic in Chemistry rather than the whole subject, otherwise you won't be able to study it in depth.

    I'll recommend either Ira Levine or Peter Atkins for Physical Chemistry. Ira Levine also has a book on Molecular Spectroscopy.
  5. Nov 12, 2017 #4
    Claydon for organic chemistry : https://www.amazon.com/Organic-Chemistry-Clayden/dp/0199270295

    Housecroft for inorganic chemistry : https://www.amazon.com/Inorganic-Chemistry-Prof-Catherine-Housecroft/dp/0273742752

    McQuarrie and Simon for general physical chemistry https://www.amazon.com/Physical-Chemistry-Molecular-Donald-McQuarrie/dp/0935702997

    In physical chemistry I don't recommend using a single general text, it's like learning Algebra and Analysis from same text, you know it is not going to pan out well. Besides that General physical chemistry texts tend to be bit bad at everything as compared to specialise text. I recommend learning each main topic from specialise texts.

    Thermodynamics : Schroeder thermal physics https://www.amazon.com/Introduction-Thermal-Physics-Daniel-Schroeder/dp/0201380277

    I like this because it is short and had thermochemistry questions.

    Quantum chemistry : .... no idea, I would recommend a general Quantum mechanics book but others here can do a better job.

    Statistical mechanics : McQuarrie, Statistical Mechanics https://www.amazon.com/Statistical-Mechanics-Donald-McQuarrie/dp/1891389157

    Kinetics : Chemical Kinetics by Houston https://www.amazon.com/Chemical-Kinetics-Reaction-Dynamics-Chemistry/dp/0486453340

    I don't know much on kinetics to be honest.


    Analytical chemistry by Douglas https://www.amazon.com/Fundamentals-Analytical-Chemistry-Douglas-Skoog/dp/0495558281 (an incredibly boring subject imo !!)

    This is the only book I know and I like it. Try others and see what fits best for you.

    This list certainly not complete, I missed things like computational chemistry, biochemistry, material science, solid state chemistry, fluid mechanics and many more.
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  6. Nov 12, 2017 #5

    Wrichik Basu

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    Quantum Chemistry by Ira Levine is a very good book.
  7. Nov 12, 2017 #6


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    This could mean your asking for books on General Chemistry as one would find a community colleges, and as the first REAL Chemistry course for science students in a university. Many years ago, a couple of mainstream General Chemistry book authors were Petrucci, and Mortimer.
  8. Nov 12, 2017 #7
    If you want something at a similar level to Young and Freedman, I recommend any edition of Brown and LeMay from, say, 7th on. Used copies of the 12th edition: "Chemistry, The Central Science, 12th ed.," for example, are quite reasonably priced. https://www.amazon.com/Chemistry-Central-Science-Theodore-Brown/dp/0321696727/
  9. Nov 13, 2017 #8
    Thank you to everyone. I will look up for these books.
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