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The fifth edition of this engaging and established textbook provides students with a complete course in chemical literacy and assumes minimal prior experience of science and maths. Written in an accessible and succinct style, Chemistry offers comprehensive coverage of all the core topics in organic, inorganic and physical chemistry. Topics covered include bonding, moles, solutions and solubility, energy changes, equilibrium, organic compounds and spectroscopy. Each unit contains in-text exercises and revision questions to consolidate learning at every step, and is richly illustrated with diagrams and images to aid understanding. This popular text is an essential resource for students who are looking for an accessible introductory textbook. It is also ideal for non-specialists on courses such as General Science, Engineering, Environmental, Health or Life Sciences.
How to Use this Book
Numbers, Units and Measurements
Elements, Compounds and Reactions
Inside the Atom
Bonding Between Atoms
More about Bonding
Reactions of Ions in Solution
Oxidation and Reduction
Gases, Liquids and Solids
Solutions and Solubility
Energy Changes in Chemical Reactions
Speed of Chemical Reactions
Gibbs Energy Changes
Organic Chemistry: Hydrocarbons
Common Classes of Organic Compounds
Nuclear and Radiochemistry
Chemistry Saving Lives
Fire and Flame
Answers to Exercises and Revision Questions
Valencies of Common Ions
Rob Lewis was formerly Dean of the Faculty of Computing, Engineering and Science at the University of South Wales, UK. He is an experienced lecturer in Chemistry and Forensic Science and a former chief A-Level examiner.. His research interests include the industrial applications of spectroscopy.
Wynne Evans was formerly Principal Lecturer and Subject Head for Chemistry at the University of South Wales, 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 coordination and organometallic chemistry and molecular modelling.
Reviews of 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