The Bottom Line
- Perforated periodic table that you can move around for easy reference.
- "Least You Should Know" section sums up key concepts.
- Example problems and fully worked answers to practice problems.
- No experiments or demonstrations, even using home chemicals.
- Offers introductory chemistry concepts in a way that's easy to understand, yet isn't condescending.
- Comparable coverage to a high school general chem text, with introductions to electrochemistry, organic and nuclear chem.
- Includes a tear-out periodic table, explanations of practice problems and glossary.
- 371 pages (Second Edition, paperback)
- Important definitions are explained in boxes to the side of the text.
- Black and white line drawings and photos are clear and easy to read.
- Step-by-step instructions for problem solving strategies.
Guide Review - The Complete Idiot's Guide to Chemistry - Book Review
The paperback book is organized much like a high school introductory chemistry text, with sections entitled:
- Firing Up the Bunsen Burner (intro and history)
- A Matter of Organization (intro to matter and the periodic table)
- Solids, Liquids, and Gases
- How Reactions Occur
- Chemical Reactions
- Thermodynamics 101