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We’re all natural born chemists. Every time we cook, clean, take a shower, drive a car, use a solvent, such as fingernail polish remover, or perform any of the countless everyday activities that involve complex chemical reactions we’re doing chemistry. You might even say that we’re all participating in a grand chemistry experiment that started with the first human who mixed pigments to do a cave painting. Why do so many of us desperately resist learning chemistry when we’re young? Maybe it has something to do ...
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Overview

We’re all natural born chemists. Every time we cook, clean, take a shower, drive a car, use a solvent, such as fingernail polish remover, or perform any of the countless everyday activities that involve complex chemical reactions we’re doing chemistry. You might even say that we’re all participating in a grand chemistry experiment that started with the first human who mixed pigments to do a cave painting. Why do so many of us desperately resist learning chemistry when we’re young? Maybe it has something to do with the way it’s taught in school.

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 for their own sake, Chemistry For Dummies gets you rolling with all the basics of matter and energy, atoms and molecules, acids and bases, and much more. In no time you’ll:



  • Understand atomic structure and function

  • Use the Periodic Table of elements

  • Know what happens when matter changes from one state to another

  • Explore ionic and covalent bonding

  • Get a handle on chemical reactions

  • Perform simple chemistry calculations

  • Understand acids, bases, pHs, antacids, and gases

  • Make sense Boyle’s Law, Avrogadro’s Law and other key laws in chemistry

Packed with examples of chemistry in action in everyday life, Chemistry For Dummies is a fascinating exploration of broad range of topics in chemistry, including:



  • States of matter, from the macroscopic to the microscopic

  • Understanding how the elements are arranged in the Periodic Table

  • Nuclear chemistry, radioactivity and radioactive decay

  • Positive and negative ions and ionic compounds

  • Covalent bonding in covalent compounds

  • Chemical reactions, chemical equilibrium, and electrochemistry

  • The mole and how it’s used to calculate chemical reactions

  • Great serendipitous discoveries in chemistry

  • Environmental chemistry

Written in plain English and requiring only basic math, Chemistry For Dummies puts you on the fast track to mastering the basics of chemistry.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780613915502
  • Publisher: San Val
  • Publication date: 11/1/2002
  • Series: For Dummies Series
  • Pages: 362
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

John T. Moore Ed.D. has been a teacher for more than thirty years. Numerous grants have permitted him to focus on the professional development of elementary and middle school teachers in science.
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Table of Contents

Introduction.

Part I: Basic Concepts of Chemistry.

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

Chapter 2: Matter and Energy.

Chapter 3: Something Smaller Than an Atom? Atomic Structure.

Chapter 4: The Periodic Table (But No Chairs).

Chapter 5: Nuclear Chemistry: It'll Blow Your Mind.

Part II: Blessed Be the Bonds That Tie.

Chapter 6: Opposites Do Attract: Ionic Bonds.

Chapter 7: Covalent Bonds: Let's Share Nicely.

Chapter 8: Chemical Cooking: Chemical Reactions.

Chapter 9: Electrochemistry: Batteries to Teapots.

Part III: The Mole: The Chemist's Best Friend.

Chapter 10: The Mole: Can You Dig It?

Chapter 11: Mixing Matter Up: Solutions.

Chapter 12: Sour and Bitter: Acids and Bases.

Chapter 13: Balloons, Tires, and Scuba Tanks: The Wonderful World of Gases.

Part IV: Chemistry in Everyday Life: Benefits and Problems.

Chapter 14: The Chemistry of Carbon: Organic Chemistry.

Chapter 15: Petroleum: Chemicals for Burning or Building.

Chapter 16: Polymers: Making Big Ones from Little Ones.

Chapter 17: Chemistry in the Home.

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

Chapter 19: Brown, Chunky Water? Water Pollution.

Part V: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 20: Ten Serendipitous Discoveries in Chemistry.

Chapter 21: Ten Great Chemistry Nerds.

Chapter 22: Ten Useful Chemistry Web Sites.

Appendix A: Scientific Units:The Metric System.

Appendix B: How to Handle Really Big or Really Small Numbers.

Appendix C: Unit Conversion Method.

Appendix D: Significant Figures and Rounding Off.

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.

    8 out of 8 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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