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Do you fear mole conversions and Avogadro's number? Are oxidation-reduction reactions just too much to handle? Are the Ideal Gas Laws getting you down? When your teacher tries to teach you how to name organic compounds, is he or she speaking a language you never learned?

Homework Helpers: Chemistry is a user-friendly review book that will make every student-or parent trying to help their child-feel like he or she has a private Chemistry tutor. Concepts are explained in clear, easy-to-understand language, and problems are worked out with step-by-step methods that are easy to follow. Each lesson comes with numerous review questions and answer keynotes that explain each correct answer and why it's correct.

The Homework Helpers Series is just what students need to boost their confidence and give them the help they need to ace even the most challenging classes.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781564147219
  • Publisher: Career Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/1/2004
  • Series: Homework Helpers Series
  • Pages: 1
  • Product dimensions: 4.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Greg Curran has degrees in Biology and Psychology from the State University of New York at Purchase and a MS in Curriculum and Teaching from Fordham University. He has been teaching Science for 20 years, and is currently teaching Chemistry and Physics at Fordham Preparatory School in New York, where he also serves as the chairman of the Science Department.
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Table of Contents

Preface 11

Chapter 1 An Introduction to Chemistry: The Science of Chemistry 13

Lesson 1-1 Classification of Matter 13

Lesson 1-2 Phases of Matter 19

Lesson 1-3 Chemical and Physical Properties 23

Lesson 1-4 Chemical and Physical Changes 25

Lesson 1-5 Energy and Chemical Reactions 28

Chapter 2 Measurements and Calculations 39

Lesson 2-1 The International System of Measurements (SI) 39

Lesson 2-2 Measuring Matter 44

Lesson 2-3 Uncertainty in Measurements 47

Lesson 2-4 Calculating with Significant Digits 50

Lesson 2-5 The Factor-Label Method 54

Lesson 2-6 Density Calculations 59

Chapter 3 Atomic Structure 73

Lesson 3-1 Modern Atomic Theory and Model 73

Lesson 3-2 Elemental Symbols 77

Lesson 3-3 Quantum Numbers 82

Lesson 3-4 Electron Configuration 85

Lesson 3-5 Orbital Notation 93

Lesson 3-6 Lewis Dot Notation 96

Lesson 3-7 The Periodic Table of Elements 99

Chapter 4 Bonding and Molecular Structure 113

Lesson 4-1 Types of Bonds 113

Lesson 4-2 Ionic vs. Molecular Compounds 117

Lesson 4-3 Lewis Dot Diagrams for Compounds 120

Lesson 4-4 Structural Formulas 124

Lesson 4-5 Geometry of Molecules 131

Lesson 4-6 Polarity of Molecules 133

Chapter 5 Chemical Formulas 143

Lesson 5-1 Oxidation Numbers 143

Lesson 5-2 Writing Chemical Formulas 146

Lesson 5-3 Naming Compounds 150

Lesson 5-4 Molecular and Empirical Formulas 154

Lesson 5-5 Molecular and Formula Mass 157

Lesson 5-6 Using Coefficients With Formulas 159

Chapter 6 Chemical and Nuclear Reactions 173

Lesson 6-1 Balancing Chemical Equations 173

Lesson 6-2 Classifying Chemical Reactions 180

Lesson 6-3 Ionic Equations 183

Lesson 6-4 Oxidation and Reduction Reactions 189

Lesson 6-5 Nuclear Reactions 194

Chapter 7 Stoichiometry 207

Lesson 7-1 The Mole 207

Lesson 7-2 Molar Conversions 211

Lesson 7-3 Mole-Mole Problems 219

Lesson 7-4 Mass-Mass Problems 222

Lesson 7-5 Mixed Mass-Volume Problems 228

Lesson 7-6 Volume-Volume Problems 232

Chapter 8 Gases 251

Lesson 8-1 Measuring Gas Pressure 251

Lesson 8-2 Boyle's Law 254

Lesson 8-3 Charles's Law 257

Lesson 8-4 Dalton's Law 261

Lesson 8-5 Combined Gas Law 264

Lesson 8-6 Graham's Law 267

Lesson 8-7 Ideal Gas Law 270

Chapter 9 Solutions, Acids, and Bases 285

Lesson 9-1 Solutions 285

Lesson 9-2 Properties of Acids and Bases 293

Lesson 9-3 Naming Acids 299

Lesson 9-4 Theories of Acids and Bases 302

Lesson 9-5 Strengths of Acids and Bases 308

Lesson 9-6 Acid-Base Titrations 311

Glossary 323

Index 329

About the Author 335

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 27, 2013

    Im sure its a good book even though it didn't really cover what

    Im sure its a good book even though it didn't really cover what I am learning in my Chemistry class but the one GLARING problem I had with it was the amount of Typos.
    Like giving me an example of Protons and electrons on the element Ag (which is silver) but yet all the numbers associated with the Ag were actually for Ar (Which is Argon) So that made things especially confusing for someone who is already struggling with Chemistry.

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  • Posted March 16, 2009

    I haven't studied Chemistry in years!

    So, my daughter asked me to help her with her high school chemistry homework. In a panic I ran to the computer and googled chemistry homework. The webpage I found by Greg Curran was so helpful that I went out and bought the book. It was a great help. I was able to recall some of my high school and college chemistry and my daughter had a well organized, very well preesented reference book. I have found that some of our high school teachers prefer to copy handouts and have the students use handouts rather than a text. This was a great help and added so much to her grasp of concepts. My son is next in line for a chemistry class in two years. This is a book that we will hang onto.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2008


    I needed something to help prepare for the nursing entrance exam I needed HS chem, physics and math. The author's way of explaining chemistry is easy to follow and he avoids all the fancy terminology which can definitely confuse people. I never like chemistry before but by reading this book, I have such an appreciation for it because it's all around us. The author makes the subject fun and interesting to learn. Great buy for a refresher in the subject. You wouldn't even need an expensive text. All you need is this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2008

    Excellent resource for struggling students.

    I have purchased both the Chemistry and Biology 'Homework Helpers' books as supplemental materials to assist students who are struggling or are in need of review. These are wonderful materials for students who need additional assistance in the areas of learning how to balance equations, molarity, etc....Mr. Curran successfully explains areas of science that are often frightening to both students and parents. I highly recommend both books to parents and students who need to 'brush up' on specific topics.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2004

    Chemists Friend

    Homework Helpers Chemistry is an excellent book easy to use and understand. Full of charts, tables and valuable knowledge, everything the beginner chemist needs to get started with ease. This book has made my learning chemistry enjoyable, and fulfilling.

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