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Chemistry for Environmental and Earth Sciencesby C.d. Williams
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Tackling environmental issues such as global warming, ozone depletion, acid rain, water pollution, and soil contamination requires an understanding of the underlying science and chemistry of these processes in real-world systems and situations. Chemistry for Environmental and Earth Sciences provides a student-friendly introduction to the basic chemistry used for the mitigation, remediation, and elimination of pollutants.
Written and organized in a style that is accessible to science as well as non-science majors, this textbook divides its content into four intuitive chapters: Fire, Earth, Water, and Air. The first chapter explains classical concepts in chemistry that occur in nature such as atomic and molecular structures, chemical bonding and reactions, states of matter, phase transitions, and radioactivity. Subsequent chapters focus on the chemistry relating to the geosphere, hydrosphere, and atmosphere?including the chemical aspects of soil, water, and air pollution, respectively.
Chemistry for Environmental and Earth Sciences uses worked examples and case studies drawn from current applications along with clear diagrams and concise explanations to illustrate the relevance of chemistry to geosciences. In-text and end-of-chapter questions with complete solutions also help students gain confidence in applying concepts from this book towards solving current, real-world problems.
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Duke and Williams (both chemistry, U. of Wolverhampton, England) offer a chemistry text devoted to the concepts and procedures needed by environmental and earth scientists. They begin with atoms and molecules, then move on to the three spheres--geosphere, hydrosphere, and atmosphere--and finally to the biosphere. The math required is at the high school level up to exponents and logarithms, for which reminders are provided. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Providing a student-friendly introduction to the basic chemistry used for the mitigation, remediation, and elimination of pollutants, this resource uses case studies drawn from current applications along with clear diagrams and concise explanations to illustrate the relevance of chemistry to geosciences.
An ideal textbook for first and second year undergraduate students in environmental sciences, physical geography, geology as well as earth sciences, Chemistry for Environmental and Earth Sciences provides basic concepts, background, and applications of chemistry to environmental and earth science examples. It offers in-depth coverage of different areas along with case studies to assist students who have not studied chemistry at an advanced level. The topics are divided into fire, earth, water, and air to make the material easily accessible and comprehensible. The text includes chapter problems, a solutions manual, and suggestions for further reading.
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