Chemistry : The Central Science

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Chemistry: The Central Science, Seventh Edition is designed to provide you with an introduction to the concepts of chemistry. The goals of this text are several: to introduce you to the fundamental science of chemistry, including chemical reactions, the composition of atoms and elements, the structure and bonding of molecules, the characteristics of different chemical substances, and the dynamic ways in which chemists are able to control the properties of matter; to give you a sense of how the world at the atomic and molecular levels relates to that of the macroscopic world in which we live; to provide you with the tools to solve chemical problems and to undertake the critical thinking necessary to make chemistry enjoyable, comprehensible, and useful to you; and to show some of the many ways in which chemistry has an impact on your everyday life. By using this text, you will see the beauty and power of chemistry and the intimate role that chemistry plays in our understanding of other areas of science and of the world around us. In other words, you will learn why chemistry is the central science.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780136750918
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall
  • Publication date: 6/1/1999
  • Edition description: 7TH PACKAG

Table of Contents

Chemical Applications and Essays
Preface
A Student's Guide to Using this Text
About the Authors
1 Introduction: Matter and Measurement 1
2 Atoms, Molecules, and Ions 37
3 Stoichiometry: Calculations with Chemical Formulas and Equations 71
4 Aqueous Reactions and Solution Stoichiometry 107
5 Thermochemistry 145
6 Electronic Structure of Atoms 183
7 Periodic Properties of the Elements 223
8 Basic Concepts of Chemical Bonding 255
9 Molecular Geometry and Bonding Theories 295
10 Gases 343
11 Intermolecular Forces, Liquids, and Solids 383
12 Modern Materials 423
13 Properties of Solutions 453
14 Chemical Kinetics 491
15 Chemical Equilibrium 539
16 Acid-Base Equilibria 573
17 Additional Aspects of Equilibria 621
18 Chemistry of the Environment 663
19 Chemical Thermodynamics 691
20 Electrochemistry 723
21 Nuclear Chemistry 771
22 Chemistry of the Nonmetals 807
23 Metals and Metallurgy 869
24 Chemistry of Coordination Compounds 901
25 The Chemistry of Life: Organic and Biological Chemistry 933
Appendices 976
Answers to Selected Exercises A-1
Glossary G-1
Photo/Art Credits C-1
Index I-1
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 27, 2006

    Student of Dr. LeMay

    As a chemistry major in University of Nevada, Reno, I have taken a course from Dr. LeMay (one of the author) - he is a fabulous teacher as much as he is an author. I used his book in high school AP chemistry course, which prepared me well for the undergraduate level first year chemistry class. We used a different textbook for that course (Chemical Principles by Zumdahl), which was definitely not as good as Brown-LeMay-Bursten. For high school AP chemistry or 1st year college chemistry, I would recommend this book in a heartbeat. It is an indespensible tool for grasping the basic concepts of chemistry. It is also a good reference to keep around for those who wish to dive into 'deeper' chemistry.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2005

    Fabulous Book

    I'm currently taking chemistry in college and the book we're using is terrible. THIS book, however, has saved my life. It explains things in an orderly fashion, it doesn't jump around, it goes straight to the point, the examples are great, and it actually makes chemistry fun to learn. I highly recommend this book to AP students in high school and to undergradutes in college if they want to do well in their chem.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 19, 2008

    I Also Recommend:

    Great Book!!!!!

    Explains everything, gives great practice problems that are included for almost every type of question with variability. Great to review with. Includes a list in the front for chapters and sections included in AP cirriculum, have not used cd yet for virtual labs. Includes answers for some problems in back of book, which is helpful in reviewing material. GREAT BOOK!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2007

    Amazin!

    This book is so helpful and makes chemistry seem easy. I used it for AP chemistry and its perfect!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 5, 2006

    great book

    Excellent book. also check student guide.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 20, 2003

    Great Book

    I really recomend this book for first year chemistry. I am using it to study for the AP Chem and it is very useful. I sugest buying the lecture notes while your at it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2002

    The best textbook I've used --in ANY subject

    Some textbooks have lucid explainations, despite the fact that they are from the 50s with paper that is already yellowing. Others are beautiful, clear, concise, with computer generated images and colors, but lack that beauty in the text itself. This book --you guessed it-- has both. It is excellently written, with apt metaphors introducing difficult concepts, conversational style in general, and interesting examples that bring the world of chemistry home. The new 8th edition is also a well-designed text, with clean and crips images, sharp colors (and a variety of them as well) that stand out, lists of critical information, and worked-out problems that make reading it a joy. The CD contains movies of experiments that illustrate what the book is talking about, and the website offers further resources: so I suggest you get it new, or at least with the CD and key. This is not just my opinion, but nearly the entire summer '01 chem class (~60 persons) at CUNY BC agrees.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2001

    Chemistry book hard to follow

    Textbook was very hard to follow and understand. From a college student's perspective, this book didn't clearly identify and explain the formulas and applications that were used in class. If you are required to purchase this book for class be prepared to search for an additional book for help. I needed this class to fill a requirement for my major. Chemistry isn't my major and this book was required for a 200 level class. I have a 4.0 gpa and this book was hard to follow.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 19, 2001

    For High School AP Chemistry

    This book is hard to understand.I use it as a junior in high school, and some of the problems they give, there are no examples or explanations for. The main reason you have a textbook for class is so that you can refer back to this when you cannot understand your teacher. I think if you have this book, you will need an additional review book on he side.

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