General Chemistry

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Courier Corporation, Nov 24, 2014 - Science - 992 pages
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"An excellent text, highly recommended." — Choice
When it was first published, this first-year chemistry text revolutionized the teaching of chemistry by presenting it in terms of unifying principles instead of as a body of unrelated facts. Those principles included modern theories of atomic and molecular structure, quantum mechanics, statistical mechanics and thermodynamics. In addition, Dr. Pauling attempted to correlate the theories with descriptive chemistry, the observed properties of substances, to introduce the student to the multitude of chemical substances and their properties.
In this extensively revised and updated third edition, the Nobel Prize–winning author maintains an excellent balance between theoretical and descriptive material, although the amount of descriptive chemistry has been decreased somewhat, and the presentation of the subject, especially in relation to the nonmetals, has been revised in such a way as to permit greater correlation with the electronic structure of atoms, especially electronegativity.
The principles of quantum mechanics are discussed on the basis of the de Broglie wavelength of the electron. The quantized energy levels of a particle in a box are derived by means of a simple assumption about the relation of the de Broglie waves to the walls of the box. No attempt is made to solve the Schrodinger wave equation for other systems, but the wave functions of hydrogen-like electrons are presented and discussed in some detail, and the quantum states for other systems are also covered. Statistical mechanics is introduced before thermodynamics, and the discussion of thermodynamics is based on it. This arrangement reflects the author's belief that beginning students can understand statistical mechanics better than chemical thermodynamics.
Aimed at first-year college students who plan to major in chemistry or closely related fields, the book is written in a logical, clear and understandable style. In addition, many excellent figures are included, along with numerous problems and 75 pages of appendixes covering such topics as symmetry of molecules and crystals, hybrid bond orbitals, and magnetic properties of substances.

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General Kiimesstree?
Yeah, whatever.
Look, if you don't want to handle calculus and other beginner's topics ... don't waste your time. It's not like, what, you're going to get a great job and win a Nobel prize or something.
If they're not paying you to sit on your can and drink beer after class, what makes you think they'll pay you to use this hooey?
If you are getting paid to study chemistry, why read it? We don't need no stinkin' scientists or something like that. That's what Chindia is for ... You just have to know the party line. I know b/c everything we need to know is in the NYT.
Oh, by the way, G.C. was my 'secret weapon' in college. This book is one of the many reasons why the masters that be called for me by name to train the people they hired for the jobs they would not pay me to do.
Study this at your own risk. Remember ... if you use the science in this book, not even your suntan or your surname will protect you from the consequences. You could easily become more radioactive than Three Mile Island.
If you want a Nobel prize, just stick your finger in the wind and find out what Scandinavian communists think is the most important piece of Western Civilization to destroy next.
And if you cannot understand this post, you shouldn't be risking people's lives by taking a slot in science, engineering, or health care. ...
Just sayin...
 

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Linus Pauling: Two-Time Nobel Laureate
In 1985 Dover reprinted Introduction to Quantum Mechanics with Applications to Chemistry, a well-known older book by Linus Pauling and E. Bright Wilson. This book had been first published fifty years earlier and remarkably still found readers in 1985, and still does today, twenty-five years further on.

The first edition of Pauling's General Chemistry was a short book of less than 250 pages published in 1944, during World War II. Three years later, it had more than doubled in size to almost 600 pages, and the 1953 edition was over 700 pages. Fifteen years later, for the 1970 edition, it reached its final size and configuration at almost 1,000 pages ― and that is the edition which Dover reprinted in 1988. Dr. Pauling's one request at that time was that we keep the price affordable for students.

Linus Pauling is of course the only Dover author to win two Nobel prizes, for Chemistry in 1954 and for Peace in 1962; he is the only winner in history of two unshared Nobel Prizes.

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"Do unto others 20% better than you would expect them to do unto you, to correct for subjective error."

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"Facts are the air of scientists. Without them you can never fly." — Linus Pauling

Critical Acclaim for General Chemistry:
"An excellent text, highly recommended." — Choice

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