Chemistry: A Project of the American Chemical Society

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Jerry A. Bell, American Chemical Society
W.H. Freeman, 2005 - Science - 858 pages
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The American Chemical Society has launched an activities-based, student-centered approach to the general chemistry course, a textbook covering all the traditional general chemistry topics but arranged in a molecular context appropriate for biology, environmental and engineering students. Written by a team of industry chemists and educators and thoroughly class-tested, Chemistry combines cooperative learning strategies and active learning techniques with a powerful media/supplements package to create an effective introductory text.

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The book is an unorganized mass of nonsense. They ask you to do impossible experiments; it seems they expect the average high school student to have access to random chemicals. If you don't do the experiment half of the chapter doesn't make any sense. They 'explain' by example, but the examples are always needlessly convoluted and confusing. The questions in the back of the book cannot be answered just from knowledge gained in the chapter, instead one must spend hours online before finding an answer. The organization of this book is frankly backwards, who the hell starts with Lewis diagrams. There isn't even a section about nomenclature, which is something every chemistry class spends a considerable amount of time on. The explanations of definitions are poorly written at best and incomprehensible at worst. In summary, this book is quite possibly the worst book to use in any chemistry class and all copies should be burned immediately. 

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this is the worst fucking text book i have ever had to deal with. there is so much extra crap in here i do not need to read. im the in 10th grade! you should be ashamed who ever wrote this

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