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Chemistry books -opinions
    #1351554 - 03/05/03 06:22 AM (15 years, 1 month ago)

okay i am at the library right now and am picking up some chemistry text books. I am going to be learning this material on my own so i wanted some opinions on the books i have chosen to use. Okay first off i got a book by G. William Daub and William S. Seese. The book is cale basic chemistry (seventh edition), now so far from what i have read in the book it seems okay, not too entertaining to read but hey, you can't always get what u want. I also got a book which i recomend to everyone that is trying to learn any type of science. The book is called The facts on file dictionary of chemistry. This will help you out a great deal. Unlike other chemistry dictionarys i have seen today, this one explains in simple english instead of just bobarding(sp?) you with more and more scientific terms.

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    #1351709 - 03/05/03 07:23 AM (15 years, 1 month ago)

OK, if this is going to be a thread about recommending good books for people who want to learn chemistry, I want to recommend The Merck Index. My copy is a bit old (1976), but it's one of the best chemical references around. Most of the book is a list of about 10,000 chemicals and information about them. That includes structures, physical properties, actual uses, and references on their synthesis. Most chemicals you might have an interest in finding some basic information about are in there. There are also sections at the back on topics like Organic Name Reactions, First Aid for Poisoning, and Indicators for Volumetric Work and pH Determination.

I'm sure the price has gone up a bit, but my copy only cost $18 at the university bookstore, new.

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Re: Chemistry books -opinions [Re: ToxicMan]
    #1352018 - 03/05/03 09:31 AM (15 years, 1 month ago)

wow that sounds great, but i am more than certain the price has gone up, now text books usually cost 100$ and up

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    #1352056 - 03/05/03 09:54 AM (15 years, 1 month ago)

i got my '68 Merck index of chremicals & drugs in a bag o books for a buck sale near naperville IL several years ago...
libraries often divest themselves of "outdated" reference materials (Merck index, CRCs, Lange's, PDRs, yaddayadda...)
some organic chem texts & lab manuals from your local college student could ba a possibility...
or even consider taking some general chem & o chem courses at the local college, eh?

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Re: Chemistry books -opinions [Re: gnrm23]
    #1352208 - 03/05/03 11:06 AM (15 years, 1 month ago)

i have not yet decided what i want to do with my life, so i am considering chemstry. not sure if i'l like it so i went to the library and am going to try and finish this text book, if i like it i will continue, if not then hey, it was free :grin:

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