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By: Rob Lewis and Wynne Evans

488 pages, col illus


Paperback | Jun 2011 | Edition: 4 | #190834 | ISBN-13: 9780230291829
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The fourth edition of this popular, student-friendly textbook provides a course in chemical literacy. With complete yet concise coverage of core topics, it starts from scratch and assumes only minimal prior experience of mathematics and science.

This new edition has been fully updated and now features full-colour throughout. It contains a section on special topics such as environmental chemistry, forensic chemistry and nuclear and radiochemistry and also includes two new chapters on 'chemistry saving lives' and the hydrogen economy. A companion website provides additional material and enables students to watch experiments.

Reviews for previous editions '[A] comprehensive introductory undergraduate text covering all the essentials required for a foundation chemistry course.' - Education in Chemistry '[G]ood value for money... Well written - clear explanations of concepts...' -- Dr Jennifer Bochmann, School of Chemical Sciences and Pharmacy, University of East Anglia, UK 'I like it and more importantly so do a range of students.' -- Paul Kneller, School of Conservation Sciences, University of Bournemouth, UK 'The book is well structured, comprehensive and readable and covers key material that students should know' -- Leonard Stevenson, Department of Consumer Studies, Liverpool John Moores University, UK Customer reviews on 'Student friendly. Well thought out. For learners not teachers' 'I have been training as a paramedic and I needed a basic chemistry book for some sections of the syllabus. I was very pleased to find this book: it seems designed for people like me rather than super students of chemistry. There are plenty of problems which test you before you move on to the next text.' 'It picks up with GCSE level Chemistry and quickly covers the basics of atoms, molecules, structures etc and then diverges into a good coverage of most branches of Chemistry - certainly all the ones I need, including Organic, Nuclear, Forensic and some very basic Biochemistry. The appendices are useful and having answers to all exercises is good for a book used outside a course curriculum... I use it to dip into and so far it has answered all my questions at exactly the right level of detail. I only wish I'd had it while at University!' 'This book was recommended to me by a university lecturer... It's a great book for A'Level or Foundation degree level students as the topics covered are fairly basic but it explains everything very clearly. Made my first year much easier as I was always dipping into this book. The questions do help with revision too.'


Periodic Table
How to Use this Book
Numbers, Units and Measurement
Elements, Compounds and Reactions
Inside the Atom
Bonding Between Atoms
More about Bonding
Reactions of Ions in Solution
Oxidation and Reduction
The Mole
Calculating Concentrations
Gases, Liquids and Solids
Solutions and Solubility
Chemical Families
Energy Changes in Chemical Reactions
Speed of Chemical Reactions
Dynamic Chemical Equilibria
Acid-Base Equilibria
Organic Chemistry: Hydrocarbons
Common Classes of Organic Compounds
Separating Mixtures
Nuclear and Radiochemistry
Environmental Chemistry
Forensic Chemistry
Chemistry Saving Lives
The Hydrogen Economy
Electronic Structures
Answers to Exercises and Revision Questions
Valencies of Common Ions

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ROB LEWIS is Head of Physical Sciences at the University of Glamorgan, UK. He is an experienced Lecturer of Chemistry and Forensic Science in the tertiary and university sectors and is a former chief examiner at A- and AS-level. His research interests include the industrial applications of spectroscopy.

WYNNE EVANS is Head of Department for Chemistry at the University of Glamorgan, UK. She has worked as a senior tutor in Inorganic Chemistry for the Open University and as an A-Level examiner. Her research interests include organometallic and coordination chemistry .

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