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Excellent teaching book for first year of a degree,
This review is from: Chemistry with Mastering Chemistry: An Introduction to Organic, Inorganic and Physical Chemistry (Paperback)I purchased this book a month ago and have found it so enjoyable that I've read it most days since. The achievement is the way the writing in conjunction with the fabulous diagrams makes university chemistry so accessible. The chapters fully cover the core topics in first year inorganic, physical and organic chemistry, and therefore there are no chapters on for example: lanthanoids, actinoids, or organometalic chemistry, etc. In my view the only topic area that is a little light is the elementary reaction chemistry of the elements, for example metal plus acid gives, and oxide in water gives acidic/basic ... with typically only 2 to 3 pages per table group. Although this would be adequate for a first year course and the standard content is there, four pages of cross group comparative content such as is found in the Shriver and Atkins "Inorganic Chemistry" book (chapter 4.6) would have really been the touch of supremacy for a first year teaching book. And yet the book truly pushes up to higher years in its clear and exceptionally well illustrated MO theory anti/bonding coverage (chap.4, 5) and its coverage of crystal field theory orbital splitting and high/low spin configurations (chap. 23). Any average content in simple element reaction chemistry is more than compensated for by chapter after chapter of carefully chosen, lucid explanation of essential chemical principles and properties. The use of attractive pastel colour highlights and photographic boxes throughout adds to a most welcoming book of introductory university chemistry.
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