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Serious Glance At Chemistry, A: Basic Notions Explained

Serious Glance At Chemistry, A: Basic Notions Explained

by Evelyn Jeniffer De Lima Toledo, Milan TrsicEvelyn Jeniffer De Lima Toledo


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This book primarily focuses on what is generally taught in the first two years of an undergraduate university chemistry program. Yet, it is suitable not just for students, but professionals in fields where a basic background in chemistry is required as well.Topics in electronic structure of atoms and molecules, biochemistry, chemical reactions, energy production and even modern topics such as quantum chemistry and molecular orbital theory are covered comprehensively, while eschewing the more complex mathematics and technicalities. The authors, thus, place much emphasis on learning concepts in this highly accessible work. At the same time, they have taken care to highlight the pivotal role chemistry has to play in the ongoing challenge of climate change. As the world continues to search for alternative fuel and energy sources, this book discusses the relative merits of the latest trends in alternative energy production, and allows readers to draw their own conclusions on their viability.Clearly, this is a remarkable textbook, unique in its clear presentation of both basic and modern concepts in chemistry. Any reader with a basic understanding of high-school chemistry will find their understanding of the subject deepened, and their perspective broadened.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781848165304
Publisher: Imperial College Press
Publication date: 10/18/2010
Pages: 204
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Preface xi

Chapter 1 Introduction 1

Chapter 2 The Electronic Structure of Atoms 3

Chapter 3 The Electronic Structure of Molecules 15

Chapter 4 Organic Molecules 33

Chapter 5 Inorganic Molecules 49

Chapter 6 The Birth of Quantum Mechanics and Modern Chemistry 63

Chapter 7 Molecular Orbital Theory and the Recovery of Classical Chemical Notions 69

Chapter 8 The Nature of the Atomic Nucleus 91

Chapter 9 Chemical Transformations and Reactions: Velocity and Energy Balance 101

Chapter 10 Chemistry and Energy Sources 121

Chapter 11 Chemistry and Living Beings 133

Final Remarks 151

Interview with Professor Rezende (Environmental Chemistry) 157

Notes 163

Further Reading 167

Appendix I Spherical Co-ordinates 171

Appendix II Periodic Table of the Elements 173

Appendix III Constants and Conversion Factors 175

Appendix IV The Most Stable Ions of the Common Elements 179

Appendix V Isotopes of the Elements and Their Relative Abundance 181

Index 185

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