Chemistry For Dummies

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See how chemistry works in everything from soaps to medicines to petroleum

We're all natural born chemists. Every time we cook, clean, take a shower, drive a car, use a solvent (such as nail polish remover), or perform any of the countless everyday activities that involve complex chemical reactions we're doing chemistry! So why do so many of us desperately resist learning chemistry when we're young?

Now there's a fun, easy way to learn basic ...

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Overview

See how chemistry works in everything from soaps to medicines to petroleum

We're all natural born chemists. Every time we cook, clean, take a shower, drive a car, use a solvent (such as nail polish remover), or perform any of the countless everyday activities that involve complex chemical reactions we're doing chemistry! So why do so many of us desperately resist learning chemistry when we're young?

Now there's a fun, easy way to learn basic chemistry. Whether you're studying chemistry in school and you're looking for a little help making sense of what's being taught in class, or you're just into learning new things, Chemistry For Dummies gets you rolling with all the basics of matter and energy, atoms and molecules, acids and bases, and much more!

  • Tracks a typical chemistry course, giving you step-by-step lessons you can easily grasp
  • Packed with basic chemistry principles and time-saving tips from chemistry professors
  • Real-world examples provide everyday context for complicated topics

Full of modern, relevant examples and updated to mirror current teaching methods and classroom protocols, Chemistry For Dummies puts you on the fast-track to mastering the basics of chemistry.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781118007303
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 6/7/2011
  • Series: For Dummies Series
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 59,662
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

John T. Moore, EdD is regents professor of Chemistry at Stephen F. Austin State University, where he is also the director of the Teaching Excellence Center. He is the coauthor of Biochemistry For Dummies and Organic Chemistry II For Dummies.

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Table of Contents

Introduction.

Part I: The Basic Concepts of Chemistry.

Chapter 1: What Is Chemistry, and Why Do I Need to Know Some?.

Chapter 2: Contemplating Chemical Calculations.

Chapter 3: Matter and Energy.

Chapter 4: Something Smaller Than an Atom? Atomic Structure.

Chapter 5: The Periodic Table (But No Chairs).

Chapter 6: Balloons, Tires, and Scuba Tanks: The Wonderful World of Gases.

Part II: A Cornucopia of Chemical Concepts.

Chapter 7: Chemical Cooking: Chemical Reactions.

Chapter 8: The Mole: Can You Dig It?

Chapter 9: Mixing Matter Up: Solutions.

Chapter 10: Thermochemistry: Hot Stuff.

Chapter 11: Sour and Bitter: Acids and Bases.

Part III: Blessed Be the Bonds That Tie.

Chapter 12: Where Did I Put That Electron? Quantum Theory.

Chapter 13: Opposites Do Attract: Ionic Bonding.

Chapter 14: Sharing Nicely: Covalent Bonding.

Chapter 15: What Do Molecules Really Look Like? Molecular Geometry and Hybridization.

Chapter 16: Tackling Periodic Trends.

Chapter 17: Examining the Link between Intermolecular Forces and Condensed States.

Part IV: Environmental Chemistry: Benefits and Problems.

Chapter 18: Cough! Cough! Hack! Hack! Air Pollution.

Chapter 19: Examining the Ins and Outs of Water Pollution.

Chapter 20: Nuclear Chemistry: It’ll Blow Your Mind.

Part V: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 21: Ten Serendipitous Discoveries in Chemistry.

Chapter 22: Ten (Or So) Great Chemistry Nerds.

Chapter 23: Ten Terrifi c Tips for Passing Chem I.

Chapter 24: The Top Ten Industrial Chemicals.

Glossary.

Index.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2003

    Average

    This book explains BASIC chemistry. It won't be helpful to your studies if you're taking a college level class (AP Chem or beyond). Instead of recommending this book, I recommend "Barron's AP Chemistry: Advanced Placement Examination". It explains everything from basic chemistry and beyond. It's like an abridged version of your textbook. Also, "Barron's AP Chemistry: Advanced Placement Examination" costs less.

    9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 23, 2003

    A great Jeopardy study aid, but not so good for chemistry

    Chemistry for Dummies is a very interesting book. It's well written, has interesting stories, and goes through many of the applications of chemistry that you can expect to see in the 'real world'. Unfortunately, this book doesn't do a very good job when actually teaching chemical concepts. I found that my professors would go into topics much deeper than this book ever did, making it almost useless to study with. My recommendation is that if you're going on Jeopardy, read this book so you can nail all of the Chemistry questions. However, if you're a student, you're better off just trying to figure out your textbook.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2011

    Good info but very annoying layout

    This book is very annoying to read. It is setup as if you were just skipping through different chapters, so if you are just reading it cover to cover it gets very annoying. If I read "if you don't understand this, go back to chapter 3" or "read blah blah later in this chapter" one more time I'm going to light the thing on fire. Don't get me wrong the book has great information. I just very much dislike how it not setup for readers that are reading it from cover to cover.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 15, 2009

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    Depends on what you need it for.

    This does not cover all you need to know in a basic or organic chemistry class. However, it is a start and may help you understand SOME things. Chemistry is a difficult subject to grasp, but I have them full credit for trying to explain it.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2009

    Chemistry for Dummies

    One of the better written reference guides I have read in a long time. This is a difficult subject, but the author managed to make it easy to understand and follow, and related the concepts to the real world. I would highly recommend this guide to someone wanting to brush up on chemistry (as I did), or as a secondary source to a elementary chemistry class.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 26, 2004

    No Good

    Just skims the surface of chemistry. Not enough detail to explain concepts. It sort of asssumes you already know a lot, which, if that were the case, why would you be buying a 'For Dummies' book in the first place?!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 9, 2012

    I like this book but on page 166 of my 2003 copyright, the formu

    I like this book but on page 166 of my 2003 copyright, the formula for aluminum sulfate is calculated
    incorrectly.  For a new student to be confronted with errors like this is problematic. You carry the doubt of
    accuracy from that moment on. I doubt Moore is responsible for this; possibly a graphic artist or typist
    made the error. My point is, instructional material of the self help nature needs to be absolutely accurate.
    This is all the student has to rely on for instruction.  As a teacher, I have found numerous errors in
    text-books, such as incorrect cut lines explaining photographs. The publishing industry needs to do
    better.
    As for this book, A minus. 

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 7, 2011

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    Highly recommended

    If you are just a beginner chemistry, you should check out

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2009

    Written very well and simple.

    This book is for beginners with little knowlege of the subject.
    Yet it is interesting to read and useful in some everyday settings.
    I would recommend this book to anyone who wants a basic knowlege.

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