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Author / Creator:McQuarrie, Donald A. (Donald Allan)
Imprint:New York : W.H. Freeman, c1984.
Description:xviii, 1063, [80] p. : ill. (some col.) ; 27 cm.
Format: Print Book
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Other authors / contributors:Rock, Peter A., 1939-2006
Notes:Includes index.
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This new edition (3rd ed., 1991; 2nd ed., 1987; 1st ed., 1984) differs from the former works by using the "'atoms first' approach." The late McQuarrie (Univ. of California, Davis) completed the revision with Gallogly (Santa Monica College). Rock (deceased, Univ. of California, Davis) was a coauthor of earlier editions. Much like other general chemistry books, it begins with atomic structure, moves to chemical bonding, and then to molecules before introducing reactions. The text then follows the usual sequence: chemical calculations; properties of gasses, liquids, solids, and solutions; thermochemistry; chemical equilibria; chemical kinetics; acids and bases; thermodynamics; oxidation-reduction; electrochemistry; and transition metals. Each chapter is introduced by the profile of a famous chemist. Good use is made of the wide margins to include tables and illustrations (in color). Numerous helpful problems drill concepts and challenge students. Short interchapters are available online to provide a supplement to topics that instructors may normally omit: organic, polymer, biological, and descriptive chemistry. Electronic homework is also available as an optional supplement.. Overall, a good resource for a first course in chemistry. Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-division undergraduates. J. Landesberg Adelphi University

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