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Freshman chemistry book?

  1. Apr 11, 2009 #1

    fluidistic

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    I'd like to know some books or "must have" books on chemistry that chemistry majors use as freshman.
    Thank you.
     
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  3. Apr 12, 2009 #2
    Zumdahl or McMurray and Fay are the two biggest names as far as freshman chemistry is concerned. There are about a million different books though, the only thing that matters is if it conforms to the prescribed ACS curriculum.
     
  4. Apr 12, 2009 #3

    fluidistic

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    Thank you very much for the suggestions, I will investigate.
    I didn't know about ACS, but I just googled it. By the way, how do I know if a book is ACS certified?
     
  5. Apr 12, 2009 #4
    To be honest, you'll be hard pressed to find a book that didn't cover the required topics prescribed by the ACS. The only I know of off the top of my head is Linus Pauling's book AFAIK because it doesn't cover molecular orbitals.

    Anyway, I should also warn you that there's a general chemistry book actually published by the ACS which you should avoid. Just stick with either Zumdahl or McMurray. Another name is Chang, which I've heard good things about. I personally used Zumdahl so I can speak to how good it is.
     
  6. Apr 13, 2009 #5

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    I learned chemistry from Zumdahl's book, so I guess it wouldn't be a bad choice.
     
  7. Apr 13, 2009 #6
    Silberberg is excellent.
     
  8. Apr 13, 2009 #7

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    I am currently using silberberg and can +1 this suggestion.
     
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