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Re: Good General Chemistry Books
« Reply #46 on: January 27, 2009, 01:17:23 AM »

General Chemistry by Linus Pauling seems a bit more advanced than what we covered in Gen Chem.  It is quite a nice book to have around though, I've read through a lot of it.  In school, we used Zumdahl and Zumdahl's "Chemistry".  The book itself wasn't bad, but what really made it shine was the companion website.  It has videos for every chapter explaining each important topic from the ground up.  It was especially helpful for the later chapters on ligand field theory and main group elements.  It also has videos of fun reactions dealing with each section of the book.  I still get on there from time to time...

Good stuff.

The General Chemistry by Silberberg is also useful and pedantic.
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Re: Good General Chemistry Books
« Reply #47 on: March 06, 2009, 11:08:32 PM »

Try out J.D. Lee's Concise Inorganic Chemistry. It is great!!
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Re: Good General Chemistry Books
« Reply #48 on: March 29, 2009, 02:13:59 PM »

I'm really starting to like General, Organic, and Biological Chemistry by Timberlake.  Some of the lower chemistry classes use it, but I've found that it's a great way to review things I've learned in general and organic chem as well as molecular biology.  It condenses things down to the meat of the material so you only have to read ~20 pages of material instead of 50-60 like some other books.
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Re: Good General Chemistry Books
« Reply #49 on: April 03, 2009, 11:17:38 PM »

My nomination of good General Chemistry book is:

CHEMISTRY & Chemical Reactivity by KOTZ/TREICHEL
published by Saunders College Publishing


The Hardcover text came with a study guide, which summarizes the important points in each chapters, and points you out any common sense that you need to know in Chemistry.
It is a good book, especially for those who find Chem isn't their best subject but is interested to learn.
In fact it is this text book and the General Chem course I took, which encouraged me to keep study it.

It is readable, and giving insights and little bit of back ground here and there. And most imporantly, it provides examples and exercise to practice.

I still keep what my first chem prof told us. "Practice, practice and practice! Practice is what makes it perfect."
It rings true, especially for this subject.
And this book has served so well in this context. Above all, highly recommended! ;D
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Re: Good General Chemistry Books
« Reply #50 on: May 01, 2009, 04:38:24 AM »

It is difficult to name any one book as a good general chemistry book but one book I would recommend to every undergrad or post grad is Organic Chemistry by Clayden, Greeves, Warren and Wothers. It really is a superb book very well explained and accessible to all levels of experience.

http://www.amazon.com/Organic-Chemistry-Jonathan-Clayden/dp/0198503466/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1241186178&sr=8-1
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Re:Good General Chemistry Books
« Reply #51 on: May 27, 2009, 08:45:32 PM »

chemistry books for graduate students is this,

Title of book:  Biochemistry

Author:

Magnus Manske
Cyclop 
Brandon
Justin

One an other general book for graduate students is this,

Title of book:

General Chemistry
Principles and Modern Applications
Eighth Edition

Author:

Ralph H. Petrucci
California State University, San Bernadino
William S. Harwood
Indiana University, Bloomington
and
F. Geoffrey Herring
University of British Columbia
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Re: Good General Chemistry Books
« Reply #52 on: June 16, 2009, 06:30:52 AM »

I took Gen Chem I & II five years ago (received A's in both), and I'm taking organic chemistry this fall.  Will Pauling's General Chemistry book be a good review for me?
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Reccomended books for all undergraduate levels.
« Reply #53 on: August 17, 2009, 04:54:18 AM »

Here are the books I was supplied by my course. I have found them extremely helpful.

Organic Chemistry, Clayden Greaves.
Physical Chemistry, Engel and Reid.
Atkins - The Elements of Physical Chemistry, Oxford Uni. Press.   (Very basic and helpful).
Inorganic Chemistry, Housecroft and Sharpe.

These books supposedly have everything you will need to complete an undergraduate course in Chemistry. I am currently just about to go in to my 3rd year and these books have covered everything (and in the case of Physical Chemistry, Engel and Reid) even higher level.

The Atkins has been brilliant for the basics and is very easily understandable but will lack in areas.
The Organic Chemistry is fantastic. It is full of well described mechanisms and beautifully organised. There are plenty of practice questions at the end of each section with a separate book with the model answers (an absolute must).
Inorganic Chemistry is also as good as the Organic Chemistry by Clayden Greaves et. al.

Hope you find some copies :).
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Re: Good General Chemistry Books
« Reply #54 on: February 03, 2010, 07:56:52 PM »

Hey all. I see a lot of books recommended here. I myself have picked up General Chemistry by Linus Pauling, but it has a major flaw in that there is no solutions manual for the problems at the end of each chapter. Since I am teaching myself chemistry, I don't have a teacher telling me whether or not I'm doing them right!

So can someone recommend a decent college level text book that has a full solutions manual?
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Re: Good General Chemistry Books
« Reply #55 on: June 06, 2010, 08:54:30 AM »

I need to brush up on a few subjects from general chemistry before I start organic in the fall; so I need a not so expensive book that covers most of the basics in clear, concise language. I'm a bit dislexic so I have issues with books written with too much flowery language.  :-[
Any suggestions on this?
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Re: Good General Chemistry Books
« Reply #56 on: June 28, 2010, 05:30:53 AM »

I thought I posted this already but I guess not.

Nivaldo Tro's, 'Chemistry, A Molecular Approach,' is pretty solid.
 
The readability is exceptional from what I've seen from general chemistry textbooks and the level of understanding he presents is spot on.

But the problems at the end of the chapter... are just about worthless imo.
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Re: Good General Chemistry Books
« Reply #57 on: October 19, 2010, 05:54:37 PM »

Thank you,I learn a lot!
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Re: Good General Chemistry Books
« Reply #58 on: January 29, 2011, 12:59:52 PM »

I'm using Chemistry: Structure and Dynamics, 4th ed. by Spencer, Bodner, and Rickard for U Chem II (used 3rd ed. for U Chem I about 3-4 years ago). I think it's an OK book - on some things, they are a little unclear, but overall it's decent. Anyone used this one before? :)
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Re: Good General Chemistry Books
« Reply #59 on: April 03, 2011, 05:59:00 AM »

"Chemistry"  By Raymond Chang
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