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Good book for introduction to chemistry

  1. Nov 17, 2005 #1
    Hello I am looking for a good book that will give me an introduction to chemistry. I work in the optical field (glasses, contacts etc.) and work with plastic monomers and polymers and would like to know a little more about them and why the react to certain conditions the way that they do. Any info would be greatly appreciated.
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  3. Nov 20, 2005 #2
    I would suggest Chemistry by Stephen Zumadahl. However, I have heard other people suggest a chemistry book by Raymond Chang.
  4. Nov 20, 2005 #3


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    "Chemistry Zumdahl" Fifth Edition is the one I have for my chemistry class (Highschool grade12). First 5 chapters are review. Polymers I would think a better book would be an organic chemistry book. My chemistry teacher gave me Solomons by T. W. Graham Solomons to study for chemistry contests. I find this book is good but not many examples. Im in grade 12, I haven't seen many books in chemistry yet, so my suggestions may not be probably usefull.
  5. Nov 20, 2005 #4
    I got my friend to "borrow" a copy of Chemistry by Zumdahl (Fourth Edition) from the Chemistry classroom so that I could learn a couple of things about chemistry..
    I'm happy to say that the book is pretty awesome; it's very clear, although you have to have a solid knowledge of one chapter before you move onto the next, but that's a must in pretty much all science textbooks. :D
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