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Indispensable general chemistry text
on 8 January 2012
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.