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Chemistry the Easy Way (Barron's E-Z) [Paperback]

Joseph A. Mascetta
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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Barron's Educational Series (Mar 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0812091388
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812091380
  • Product Dimensions: 27.3 x 19.3 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,201,268 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Explanations of the basic principles of chemistry are combined with practice tests to help students prepare for chemistry achievement tests. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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This book covers the basics of a good introductory course.
The basic concepts of chemistry are presented in my book in a concise and simplified manner with many examples, charts, and graphs to give the reader an excellent foundation in chemistry. The book includes sample tests with explained answers. The content includes all the topics that are tested by the College Board SAT II Chemistry Test.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Learn chemistry the easy way with this book. 17 July 1998
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The book title says it all. There is simply no other way to learn chemistry in less time or with less effort. You will learn basic introductory chemistry as well as many more detailed aspects of chemistry. The chemistry essentials are developed in a simplified manner with the visual reinforcement of charts, graphs, lists, and simplified drawings. I recommend it highly.
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5.0 out of 5 stars you got to buy this book 30 Jun 2013
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our daughter learnt more of this book than school text book, easy to follow and easy to understand. thank you for the author
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3.0 out of 5 stars It Could've Been Easier. 21 Jan 2000
By Tiffany K. Ng - Published on Amazon.com
While this book offers clear explanations, its attempt to be succint may frustrate readers who are teaching themselves chemistry. The author assumes that the reader is taking a chemistry course and therefore does not always explain topics in enough depth to give the reader a clear understanding. This makes reading a bit more difficult. Furthermore, there are a number of errors in the problems and answers. However, considering some of the other books available, this book does a relatively good job of clarifying and summarizing essential concepts.
33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Chemistry The Confusing Way? 23 Jan 2001
By A. Cooper - Published on Amazon.com
Okay, while this book is a wealth of information, it does not meet the two most important elements of a self-teaching book - 1) to be slow, deliberate, repetitive, and concise, and 2) no errors in the formulas or answers! As far as the second, there is nothing more frustrating when you are learning on your own than to waste time trying to figure out if it is your error or a book error. My second problem with this book is that, while it started out slowly enough, by the second chapter it seemed as if the author got impatient having to explain everything. The diagrams in Chapter 2 (which is when I tossed the book) were the most eye-aching, confusing mess of drawings that I've seen in an introductory book, not to mention they came with only limited explanation. I've started another book that was recommended, called Chemistry Concepts and Problems, by Clifford Houk and Richard Post. I'm still in the first chapter, but I think I can comfortably recommend that book for chemistry beginners. Perhaps I will use Chemistry The Easy Way sometime in the future, when I know more about chemistry and would like another backup book. But as a starter book, I do not recommend it.
20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Horrible for self-study 11 Jun 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
This book is horrible for self-study. While it may help improve grades for those already taking chemistry, the book is NOT one that I would recommend for those wanting to take college level exams. I have worked in the education field for eight years as an instructor, curriculum developer, and as a chief of non-resident correspondence course development, and my opinion is that this book is pitiful. The chapter review exercises are especially awful. For example, the review exercises ask questions on information that was never even covered in the lessons themselves. I'm certain that this leaves a lot of poor souls wondering just where the information lies. Perhaps I'm spoiled, but as a professional technical writer, my ethics with teaching tools begin by asking questions on material that is covered in the text.
This book may be designed to help those already taking chemistry improve their grades, but nothing more. My suggestion for those who want to learn chemistry on their own, please look elsewhere. My editors would laugh if I had attempted to publish this kind of publication, especially with the misleading forward that led me to buy the book. Claims that you can use the review exercises to check your comprehension of the material are pure bunk (paragraph one, above). Additionally, don't expect this book to help you prepare for College Entrance Exam Boards or the like. The book is not a good teaching tool, but rather, may be a good book for reinforcing what you may have already learned about chemistry from some other source.
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Chemistry the HARD way 10 July 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
If you are looking for a good introductory chemistry book, don't get this one. It will save you time, money, and effort if you get something else like Chemistry: A self teaching guide. The diagrams are horribly explained, the text is downright confusing, and to top it all off the author introduces random bits of information in the text just when you get frustrated. Don't get this book.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Laboratory Aspects 27 April 2003
By W. Watson - Published on Amazon.com
I borrowed this book from the library and am barely into it, but I thought I would look at some of the Amazon reviews before buying it. One thing I see missing from the customer and editorial reviews is no mention of the fact that it has laboratory experiments. I find that valuable. It seems that most reviewers miss the idea that the book is meant to be supplemental. Perhaps the editorial reviews suggest otherwise, maybe to increase sales, but it hardly seems like one should expect a full treatment of the concepts in this book.
Returning to my laboratory comment, I think many books these days omit this aspect. That I think is unfortunate. Perhaps it's just harder to do independently because of limits imposed by 9/11 and our society's touchiness over chemical dangers. The availability of chemicals and labware are not so easily available as they once were. However, I suspect for those who might want to tackle lab exercises that such books exist, although they may be older ones.
I don't really feel that I can give the book a fair review at this point, but thought I would at least express the above thoughts. Since Amazon doesnt' really provide a non-review way to comment (Yes, I know they have some supplemental comments form, but it really misses the comment but no review idea.) I've used the review form. My rating just reflects the average review. I'll update it after I've gotten into the book.
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