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Chemistry³: Introducing inorganic, organic and physical chemistry Paperback – 9 Apr 2009

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  • Paperback: 1416 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford (9 April 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199277893
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199277896
  • Product Dimensions: 27.4 x 5.8 x 21.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 219,701 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This is a book that shines out amongst so many other graduate texts in the field of chemistry. It does not try to encompass the whole of a degree course in a single text; rather it addresses the specific needs of the first year undergraduate. It does so in a refreshingly open and 'familiar way'. Reviews, The Higher Education Academy UK Physical Sciences Centre

This comprehensive textbook covers all of the material normally included in the first year of BSc and MChem chemistry courses at UK universities. It provides breadth of coverage of the whole of chemistry and combines this with depth of information on individual topics. (Education in Chemistry, January 2010)

It is an UTTERLY FANTASTIC textbook (Jennifer Lawson, first year Chemistry student, Loughborough University)

This book would be ideal for introductory courses in organic, inorganic and physical chemistry (Chemistry World)

In view of its quality and advantageous price this book is especially recommended to its target audience, as well as everyone for whom an up-to-date introduction to chemistry is suitable. (CLB Chemie in Labor und Biotechnik, April 2010)

A simple uncluttered layout, amply illustrated with contemporary "real world" examples, clearly demarcates diffe rent sections. The book positively blooms; it is beautifully illustrated and operates on many levels without feeling cluttered, juggling chemistry theory, equations and history in a manner that enriches rather than overloads the reading experience (Ewan Miller, second-year medicine Undergraduate, University of Aberdeen)

I was particularly impressed by the way in which the physical basis of key mathematical equations was presented and discussed in clear simple language. The authors adopt the approach taken by myself in my lectures, in which I attempt to convey to the students the sense that an equation is not only a jumble of arcane symbols but contains a clear meaning which can be subjected to a clear and concise explanation and interpretation. (Mike Lyons, Trinity College, Dublin)

Where it is superior, is in its ability to actually teach the students rather than just lecture to them. (James Barker, University of Kingston)

This textbook is excellent value for money. I would definitely recommend it for first year students and can see myself finding it useful for years to come. (Annabelle Lacey, student, University of St Andrews)

This is the only textbook I will need to use for all of first year due to the well explained, detailed content. (Kirsty Purchase, student, University of St Andrews)

About the Author

The authors All three content authors are actively involved in first year chemistry teaching at their respective institutions, and are well placed to appreciate the challenges that incoming students face when studying undergraduate chemistry. By bringing together authors from the three 'strands' of chemistry, the book offers consistently authorative coverage across the subject. Andy Burrows, University of Bath (Inorganic chemistry)Andy Parsons, University of York (Organic chemistry)Gareth Price, University of Bath: (Physical chemistry) The editors The editors were chosen not only for their work on context/problem-based learning, but for their detailed working knowledge of school education. They are aware of the level of knowledge with which students leave school and are best placed to contribute to and edit a textbook, which bridges the gap between school and undergraduate chemistry. John Holman, Professor of Science Education, Director of the National Science Learning Centre, University of York. John Holman was co-director of the new 21st Century Science curriculum and is advisor to the government on science education issues. Gwen Pilling, formerly of the Science Education Group, University of York. Gwen Pilling is involved in the development of the Salters Advanced Chemistry curriculum and has written many resources to support teaching and learning.

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I bought this book prior to starting a chemistry degree at York, and have so far found it indispensable. I must begin by admitting my skepticism, buying the newly released first-edition of a book written largely in the department I am attending, however the book has proved its worth many times over.

This text is clearly aimed at A-level and first year degree students, and with its target audience in mind, the book begins at the basics and works through all essential areas of chemistry for anyone from the lay-person to the first year undergrad student, and also performs admirably refreshing the memory of second or third year undergrads. The book begins at a basic level, introducing the student gently to concepts, and uses mathematics in such a way that reinforces rather than intimidates. Worked examples and real-life applications are used intelligently to aid understanding and hold interest. This book is one of the rare few I have used in my three years as an undergrad that has been read cover to cover, giving a very broad - and appropriate - introduction to all areas of chemistry. An almost unique feature in academic chemistry texts, this book is distinctly readable.

I'll pull no punches, however, and admit that this is a basic book. As a chemistry student, this book performs exceptionally well as an *introduction* to all areas of chemistry, but towards the end of first year you will require increasingly specialised texts. Think of it as a stepping stone, aiding the transition from A-level to degree level chemistry and serving as a solid foundation on which to build on. I have yet to see another undergrad level general chemistry text which is as broad, thorough and yet also clear without being condescending. For those studying another area requiring a grounding in chemistry, I cannot recommend this book enough.
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This book is great, it is concise, easy to read and it links parts of Chemistry together so you can begin to put together the bigger picture that is Chemistry.

As anyone in their first year of a Chemistry degree and the courses that run along side pure Chemistry you will know that a lot of the more advanced publications can be a little too overwhelming in terms of vast quantity of data.

For example you want to look up molecular orbital theory and suddenly you have integrals and wave functions coming at you from all directions and it is hard to pick out what you need and what you don't since not every course and year does the same thing.

This book helps get around this by giving you a firm foundation on which to build your knowledge. Instead of inundating your senses with mathematics and problems that you aren't expected to tackle (yet) it lets you look at a subject with as little confusion as possible. This means if you don't understand something the first time around you can read this and get that prior understanding, you can then go on and read the extra information in the more advanced texts to pad out your knowledge. It makes the transition from A-Level student to Chemist that little bit smoother, in my opinion anyway.

If you are the sort of person that prefers to jump in at the deep end and just thrash out the knowledge then this book probably isn't for you. If you are like me and prefer to get to where you need and gain as much knowledge as possible, with well rounded understanding and have a fun time on the way then just buy it.

I would probably say it is a little expensive but then again this is a large book and so in the end you will get a lot of use from it so it is probably worth it overall.
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This is a well written book which works from the persective of a student reader and covers most of the ground of general undergraduate chemistry (organic, inorganic and physical). The explanations in the main text are accompanied by well written, short marginal reminders of what particular terms mean and where (in the book) more comprehensive explanations may be found. Unlike many general chemistry books it does not asume that you have remembered absolutely everything up to that point and it gives the reader gentle reminders of the sorts of things which ought to be thought about.

The practical implications of particular chemical concepts are well written, are placed in break out boxes and are not too long. Some of the explanatory photographs are even half humerous, such as the section on molecules which have a right and left handness aspect to them where the point is illustrated by showing a pair of American cowboy boots. The molecular diagrams are fantastic as are the diagrams generally and, for the price, it is a good university level text and well worth getting.
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I was interested in reading up on some chemistry for a bit of light reading, and thought this book was to good to be true. However upon receiving the book (within 24 hours of ordering on a sunday afternoon!) it is every bit as good as it looks. It covers a vast array of topics, with each being explained very well. Everything is well presented and easy to read, I fully recommend this book for anyone who is searching for reading material regarding chemistry, be it for studying A-level or degree level chemistry or even a bit of light reading, I think it will satisfy my chemistry needs for a while now.
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