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Recommendations on Intro Chem Texts

  1. May 30, 2005 #1

    Astronuc

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    Besides texts by Charles H Corwin and Stephen Zumdahl, what texts are recommended for Introduction or Fundamentals of Chemistry.

    My texts are at least a couple of decades old. :biggrin:
     
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  3. May 30, 2005 #2

    GCT

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    The best out there, in my humble opinion...Principles of Chemistry by Raymond Chang.
     
  4. May 30, 2005 #3
    I cannot recommend anything, but I've read Zumdahl and Housecroft & Constable as a student, and I do not recommend the later. Compared with Zumdahl, Housecroft & Constable goes into more depth, but doesn't have the clarity of Zumdahl. As complementary material or at later stage in studies I could recommend Housecroft & Constable, but not as a first contact to chemistry.
     
  5. May 31, 2005 #4

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    Gentleman, thank you for your comments. :smile:
     
  6. Jun 11, 2005 #5
    If I can interject a question into here…
    I’m going to be taking a General Chemistry sequence starting in the fall out of Chang’s book. I’m thinking about getting the Dover edition of Linus Pauling’s General Chemistry book to get started on over the summer and have as a secondary source. I’m wondering if anyone here has any experience with the book. Would it make a good secondary source? Or would it be better to just wait for my class rather than try to learn some on my own?

    I have a pretty good math background (first year Calculus, ODEs, Linear Algebra), and General Physics, so I’m not expecting to have trouble with the math / calculation parts of the course…
     
  7. Jun 11, 2005 #6

    GCT

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    It'll be better if you started early. If Chang is what you're using then you should review it.
     
  8. Jun 13, 2005 #7

    Astronuc

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    I searched for Raymond Chang's book and found General Chemistry: The Essential Concepts with Online ChemSkill Builder v.2, 3rd Edition.

    TOC
    1 Introduction
    2 Atoms, Molecules, and Ions
    3 Stoichiometry
    4 Reactions in Aqueous Solutions
    5 Gases
    6 Energy Relationships in Chemical Reactions
    7 The Electronic Structure of Atoms
    8 The Periodic Table
    9 Chemical Bonding I: The Covalent Bond
    10 Chemical Bonding II: Molecular Geometry and Hybridization of Atomic Orbitals
    11 Introduction to Organic Chemistry
    12 Intermolecular Forces and Liquids and Solids
    13 Physical Properties of Solutions
    14 Chemical Kinetics
    15 Chemical Equilibrium
    16 Acids and Bases
    17 Acid-Base Equilibria and Solubility Equilibria
    18 Thermodynamics
    19 Redox Reactions and Electrochemistry
    20 The Chemistry of Coordination Compounds
    21 Nuclear Chemistry
    22 Organic Polymers: Synthetic and Natural
    Appendix 1 Units for the Gas Constant
    Appendix 2 Selected Thermodynamic Data at 1 atm and 25 degrees Centigrade
    Appendix 3 Mathematical Operations
    Appendix 4 The Elements and the Derivation of Their Names and Symbols

    How is this different from the previous book Principles of Chemistry?
     
  9. Jun 13, 2005 #8

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    And then there is this one -

    General Chemistry: Principles and Modern Applications (8th Edition)
    by Ralph H. Petrucci, William S. Harwood, Geoffrey Herring, Geoffrey Geoffrey Herring

    General Chemistry: Principles and Modern Applications

    TABLE OF CONTENTS
    1 Matter - Its Properties and Measurement 2
    2 Atoms and Atomic Theory 32
    3 Chemical Compounds 64
    4 Chemical Reactions 96
    5 Introduction to Reactions in Aqueous Solutions 128
    6 Gases 162
    7 Thermochemistry 202
    8 The Atmospheric Gases and Hydrogen 240
    9 Electrons in Atoms 270
    10 The Periodic Table and Some Atomic Properties 314
    11 Chemical Bonding I: Basic Concepts 344
    12 Chemical Bonding II: Additional Aspects 386
    13 Liquids, Solids, and Intermolecular Forces 418
    14 Solutions and Their Physical Properties 466
    15 Chemical Kinetics 504
    16 Principles of Chemical Equilibrium 544
    17 Acids and Bases 580
    18 Additional Aspects of Acid-Base Equilibria 620
    19 Solubility and Complex Ion Equilibria 654
    20 Spontaneous Change: Entropy and Free Energy 688
    21 Electrochemistry 724
    22 Main Group Elements I: Metals 764
    23 Main Group Elements II: Nonmetals 794
    24 The Transition Elements 830
    25 Complex Ions and Coordination Compounds 864
    26 Nuclear Chemistry 896
    27 Organic Chemistry 928
    28 Chemistry of the Living State 962
    App. A Mathematical Operations A1
    App. B Some Basic Physical Concepts A11
    App. C SI Units A15
    App. D Data Tables A17
    App. E Glossary A31
    App. F Answers to Practice Examples and Selected Exercises A47
    Index I1

    Any comments?
     
  10. Jun 13, 2005 #9
    thanks Astronuc but it seems that both os these cover topics on overall chemistry
    but the topics which i need are mostly of organic chemistry but i think in a way general organic chemistry..
     
  11. Jun 13, 2005 #10

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    Ah, say no more, nudge, nudge, :wink: :wink:

    That's a different thread. :biggrin:
     
  12. Jun 14, 2005 #11
    i forgot its urs thread...Sorry
     
  13. Jun 14, 2005 #12

    Astronuc

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    It's an open thread. I just initiated it.

    I am hoping members will comment on the texts - strengths and/or weaknesses.
     
  14. Jul 9, 2005 #13
    Raymond Chang's Chemistry is probably the best I have found. I think it's the most used college general chemistry book on the market, at least that's what my prof said!
     
  15. Jul 9, 2005 #14

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    When i took Inorganic Chemistry I, i was taught with Raymond Chang's book, but for Inorganic Chemistry II, i was taught with Chemistry - The Central Science by Theodore Brown et al, i found it much better than Chang's which i used as my reference textbook for the rest of the course.
     
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