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A matter-of-fact guide to mastering the basics of chemistry
Now there's a fun, easy way to master the basics of chemistry. If you're confounded by compounds and want a little help making sense of what's being taught in your chemistry course, Chemistry For Dummies gets you rolling with all the basics of matter and energy, atoms and molecules, acids and bases, and much more!
Chemistry 101 — get an easy-to-follow intro on the foundations of chemistry, understand where it fits in among the other sciences, and grasp the chemical world around you
First there was Atom — delve into the microscopic world of atoms and get the lowdown on how they consist of protons, neutrons, and electrons
It's a gas — discover the wonderful world of gases and comprehend Boyle's law, Charles's law, Gay-Lussac's law, the combined gas law, and more
Get a reaction — find out everything you need to know about chemical reactions, from the many types you may encounter to the skills you need to balance them
The bonds that tie — follow a plain-English explanation of quantum theory and eye an explanation on ionic bonding (and their real-life applications)
Open the book and find:
Helpful tips for solving problems in high school and college chemistry
How to use the periodic table like a pro
Guidance on using the mole method
Calculations you need to know
Environmental pollutants, and what chemistry can do to fix them
Basics of thermochemistry
Lots of illustrations and figures
How chemistry works in everything from soaps to medicine to petroleum
Grasp basic chemistry principles
Make sense of matter and energy, atoms and molecules, and acids and bases
Tackle problems you may face in your Chem I course
See how chemistry works in everything from soaps to medicines to petroleum
We're all natural born chemists. Every time we cook, clean, take a shower, drive a car, use a solvent (such as nail polish remover), or perform any of the countless everyday activities that involve complex chemical reactions we're doing chemistry! So why do so many of us desperately resist learning chemistry when we're young?
Now there's a fun, easy way to learn basic chemistry. Whether you're studying chemistry in school and you're looking for a little help making sense of what's being taught in class, or you're just into learning new things, Chemistry For Dummies gets you rolling with all the basics of matter and energy, atoms and molecules, acids and bases, and much more!
- Tracks a typical chemistry course, giving you step-by-step lessons you can easily grasp
- Packed with basic chemistry principles and time-saving tips from chemistry professors
- Real-world examples provide everyday context for complicated topics
Full of modern, relevant examples and updated to mirror current teaching methods and classroom protocols, Chemistry For Dummies puts you on the fast-track to mastering the basics of chemistry.
About the Author
John T. Moore, EdD is regents professor of Chemistry at Stephen F. Austin State University, where he is also the director of the Teaching Excellence Center. He is the coauthor of Biochemistry For Dummies and Organic Chemistry II For Dummies.
Table of Contents
Part I: The Basic Concepts of Chemistry.
Chapter 1: What Is Chemistry, and Why Do I Need to Know Some?.
Chapter 2: Contemplating Chemical Calculations.
Chapter 3: Matter and Energy.
Chapter 4: Something Smaller Than an Atom? Atomic Structure.
Chapter 5: The Periodic Table (But No Chairs).
Chapter 6: Balloons, Tires, and Scuba Tanks: The Wonderful World of Gases.
Part II: A Cornucopia of Chemical Concepts.
Chapter 7: Chemical Cooking: Chemical Reactions.
Chapter 8: The Mole: Can You Dig It?
Chapter 9: Mixing Matter Up: Solutions.
Chapter 10: Thermochemistry: Hot Stuff.
Chapter 11: Sour and Bitter: Acids and Bases.
Part III: Blessed Be the Bonds That Tie.
Chapter 12: Where Did I Put That Electron? Quantum Theory.
Chapter 13: Opposites Do Attract: Ionic Bonding.
Chapter 14: Sharing Nicely: Covalent Bonding.
Chapter 15: What Do Molecules Really Look Like? Molecular Geometry and Hybridization.
Chapter 16: Tackling Periodic Trends.
Chapter 17: Examining the Link between Intermolecular Forces and Condensed States.
Part IV: Environmental Chemistry: Benefits and Problems.
Chapter 18: Cough! Cough! Hack! Hack! Air Pollution.
Chapter 19: Examining the Ins and Outs of Water Pollution.
Chapter 20: Nuclear Chemistry: It’ll Blow Your Mind.
Part V: The Part of Tens.
Chapter 21: Ten Serendipitous Discoveries in Chemistry.
Chapter 22: Ten (Or So) Great Chemistry Nerds.
Chapter 23: Ten Terrifi c Tips for Passing Chem I.
Chapter 24: The Top Ten Industrial Chemicals.