Textbook: Biological Chemistry
Author(s): Larsen
Reviewer: Anu Suresh, Biotechnology Instructor, Mission Valley ROP
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Reviewer’s Summary I recommend this book for chemistry, biology, or biotech classes at high schools, community colleges, or trade schools. For biology and biotech it can be used as a supplementary textbook and or reference. For chemistry it is suitable as a primary textbook. All of the sections had reasonable content. Some of the sections were adequately elaborate, and others were too a bit too short. Some contained interesting information discoveries while others helpfully reiterate lab techniques.
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Textbook: Chem1 Virtual Textbook
Author(s): Lower
Reviewer: Peter Hamlet, South Florida Community College
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Reviewer’s Summary I recommend this textbook for any major that requires general chemistry. This text, though a reference-type work, can be used as a primary text if the instructor provides problems from elsewhere. Some chapters have a much greater scope than most texts, covering a broad range of topics. It has helpful color illustrations and concept maps. Each chapter ends with list of “What you should be able to do.” The authors make many connections between text topics and phenomena familiar in everyday life, plus there are many links to supplementary material.
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Textbook: Concept Development Studies in Chemistry
Author(s): Hutchinson
Reviewer: Dr. Mei-Ling Shek-Stefan, Adjunct Faculty, Santa Clara University
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Reviewer’s Summary I recommend this book. It is suitable as a primary text for first-year community college students. It is a very well-written introductory general chemistry textbook. This book is especially well suited for students who intend to take more advanced science courses. Each chapter develops a key concept from experimental observations and inductive reasoning. There is a preface that explains the motivation for this approach, and an index of key words and terms.
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Textbook: Introductory Chemistry
Author(s): Ball
Reviewer: Grace Lasker, Faculty, Lake Washington Institute of Technology
Review Date: January, 2012
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Reviewer’s Summary This textbook is recommended for Community College and High School AP. It is appropriate for Allied Health and science-related majors. The book is excellent, of sufficient quality to be used as a primary chemistry text. The book’s overall approach is that “Chemistry is in everything” which is very true. The author uses language to explain Chemistry, not so much mathematical equations, so the book is better suited to Intro/non-major students than chemistry majors. The flow can be improved by moving Chapter 8 after Chapter 3, and Chapter 10 after Chapter 6. The final Chapter 16 is a good introduction to Organic Chemistry, but could be removed for a General Chemistry course.
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Textbook: Virtual Textbook of Organic Chemistry
Author(s): Reusch
Reviewer: Peter Hamlet, South Florida Community College
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Reviewer’s Summary I recommend this textbook as the primary text for community college year-2 students. I also plan to adopt this book for my classes. It covers all the core reactions studied in one-year organic courses and has excellent color figures, reactions, and animations. For example, it illustrates application of IUPAC rules with color to show connection between name and structural feature. An extensive index has interactive links. The textbook offers interactive problems and links to several sources of problems.