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Say goodbye to dry presentations, grueling formulas, and abstract theory that would put Einstein to sleep—now there's an easier way to master chemistry, biology, trigonometry, and geometry. McGraw-Hill's Demystified Series teaches complex subjects in a unique, easy-to-absorb manner and is designed for users without formal training, unlimited time, or genius IQs.

Organized like self-teaching guides, they come complete with key points, background information, questions at the end of each chapter, and final exams. There's no better way to gain instant expertise!


* Current, real-world examples illustrate the essential nature of the basic elements as they form various states of gases, liquids, and solids

* Covers essentials such as understanding matter; chemical building blocks; elements, electrons, and the periodic table; properties and reactions

* Includes unique Chembites, tips, scientific news, and cutting-edge industry applications not usually found in textbooks

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Editorial Reviews

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The new "Self-Teaching Guide" series from McGraw-Hill targets home-schooled students and career changers needing to brush up on science. Following earlier entries on physics, astronomy, and various mathematical topics, these latest are relatively readable but leave much to desired. Layman (biology, Joliet Junior Coll.) skimps on evolution, botany, and heredity and leans heavily toward etymology; one could score well on his tests by studying Latin and Greek instead of reading the text. Williams, a former technical writer, does not spend enough time on physical chemistry and electrochemistry. She exhibits a marked fondness for chemical history and foreign-language chemical terms-topics not generally given much weight in introductory chemistry courses. A glossary and additional practice problems would have been useful additions here. Both books offer idiosyncratic tests for self-assessment; both also lack thorough proofreading. Biology, for example, states that "modern land plants are the ancestors of primitive green algae," while Chemistry promises but omits an inside cover periodic table and describes bleach as a sodium hydroxide solution when it is a sodium hypochlorite solution. Biology's index is atrocious-incorrect page references and poor cross references abound-and Chemistry's needs improvement, too. Public and school libraries should instead consider other readable guides such as Donna Rae Siegfried's Biology for DummiesR or Ian Guch's The Complete Idiot's Guide to Chemistry, but they should also be checked for errors and gaps in coverage. Note also that John T. Moore's Chemistry for DummiesR lacks practice problems, and none of these titles includes tests. Academic libraries should purchase the companion study guides published for many introductory textbooks. Not recommended.-Nancy R. Curtis, Univ. of Maine Lib., Orono Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071410113
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
  • Publication date: 6/26/2003
  • Series: Demystified Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 280
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.55 (d)

Meet the Author

Linda Williams is a nonfiction writer with a specialty in science and medicine. A resident of Houston, Texas, Linda's work has ranged from biochemistry and microbiology to genetics and human enzyme research. She has worked as a technical writer and lead scientist for NASA and McDonnell Douglas, and has served as science speaker for the Medical Sciences Division at NASA-Johnson Space Center in Houston.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Chemistry; Chapter 2. Atomic Theory; Chapter 3. Elements, Symbols, and The Periodic Table; Chapter 4. Solids & Liquids; Chapter 5. Gases and the Gas Laws; Chapter 6. Molarity and Concentration; Chapter 7. Electron Configuration & Energy Levels; Chapter 8. Acids and Bases; Chapter 9. Ions and Bonding; Chapter 10. Electrochemistry; Chapter 11. Thermodynamics; Chapter 12. Organic Chemistry; Chapter 13. Biochemistry; Chapter 14. Nuclear Chemistry; Final Exam; Answers to Quiz and Final Exam Questions; Chemistry at a Glance; Periodic Table of Elements; SI Units and Conversions

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2004

    Too many errors

    I made it to page 64 before I returned the book. There are just too many errors. Example 1: p23 477/5 = 70 NOT! Example 2: p43 claims that a periodic table chart is on the inside cover of the book. NOT! Example 3: p48, question 8 the right answer does not appear in any of the choices! Example 4: p64 A Molecule is composed of the same kinds of atoms, chemically bonded. NOT! (what about H20, get rid of the phrase 'the same kinds of atoms') Example 5: p39, para 3 claims that the number 16, 32, 79!, and 128 are all multiples of the number 16 NOT! Don't buy this one. The writing style is accessible but there are too many errors.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2008

    Solid Science and Easy to Understand

    I picked up this book to brush up on my chemistry for my job. I was pleasantly surprised at the conversational descriptions. It was like learning from a friend. All the major chemistry topics are covered. The quizzes and tests helped me gain confidence that I had retained what I had reviewed. It also had a great 'fun' factor.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 20, 2004

    A well written and knowledgeable introduction to chemistry!

    I hadn't taken Chemistry since high school and needed to brush up on the basic principles for college and I found Chemistry Demystified to be a well written and a fun to read reintroduction to the subject. It was nothing like the stuffy old textbooks I remember from high school, it flows well, and packs your mind with information almost without you being aware of it. It's written in an engaging conversational style that I thoroughly enjoyed. The author is knowledgeable about her subject matter and presents even the most difficult concepts in a manner that the most obtuse reader should have no problem understanding. I highly recommend this book to anyone who needs a fun refresher in Chemistry or is studying Chemistry at an introductory level.

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