Author(s): Andrew Burrows
Chemistry is widely considered to be the central science: it encompasses concepts from which other branches of science are developed. Yet, for many students entering university, gaining a firm grounding in chemistry is a real challenge. Chemistry� responds to this challenge, providing students with a full understanding of the fundamental principles of chemistry on which to build later studies. Uniquely amongst the introductory chemistry texts currently available, Chemistry� is written by a team of chemists to give equal coverage of organic, inorganic and physical chemistry - coverage that is uniformly authoritative. The approach to organic chemistry is mechanistic, rather than the old-fashioned 'functional group' approach, to help students achieve a fuller understanding of the underlying principles. The expertise of the author team is complemented by two specialists in chemistry education, who bring to the book a wealth of experience of teaching chemistry in a way that students enjoy and understand, and who understand the challenges of the transition from school to university. The result is a text that builds on what students know already from school and tackles their misunderstandings and misconceptions, thereby providing a seamless transition from school to undergraduate study. The authors achieve unrivalled accessibility through the provision of carefully-worded explanations and reminders of students' existing knowledge; the introduction of concepts in a logical and progressive manner; and the use of annotated diagrams and step-by-step worked examples. Students are encouraged to engage with the text and appreciate the central role that chemistry plays in our lives through the unique use of real-world context and photographs. Chemistry� tackles head-on two issues pervading chemistry education: students' mathematical skills, and their ability to see the subject as a single, unified discipline. Instead of avoiding the maths, Chemistry� provides structured support, in the form of careful explanations, reminders of key mathematical concepts, step-by-step calculations in worked examples, and a Maths Toolkit, to help students get to grips with the essential mathematical element of chemistry. Frequent cross-references highlight the connections between each strand of chemistry and explain the relationship between the topics, so students can develop an understanding of the subject as a whole.
The topics are very thoroughly explained and are at exactly the right level for the student. There are many great examples illustrating the topics. It is a great book to read and study from as a student starting university. This is definitely a book I would buy, read and return to, when I needed an explanation for some basic chemistry. * Michelle Rasmussen, student at the University of Roskilde, Denmark * Plenty of facts and figures are scattered throughout the text which makes reading not solely an educational, but also a fun activity. The examples of real life chemistry applications maintain the connection between theory and practice. The interdisciplinary approach provides a broader chemical understanding while not losing the comprehensiveness of the book. In short, a good all-in-one textbook for first-year students in chemistry. * Jelte van der Valk, student at the University of Groningen, the Netherlands * This material is fantastic and should be used alongside courses. The level of detail is exactly right for undergraduate courses and the colour coding of the boxes for worked examples and summaries make them really easy to find. There are lots of questions for you to have a go at which makes it easy to practice the new skills the book is helping to teach. * Rebecca Snelgrove, student at Keele University * Chemistry3 is the best university chemistry text book for first and second year science students. It is comprehensive and contains all the fundamentals for chemists to know- from analytical to organic chemistry. It is also a student friendly book with tons of pictures and applications of chemistry in the real world. * Christian Nichol J. Geronimo, student at Dublin Institute of Technology * A fantastic all-round reference for university-level chemistry. It is a perfect way to bridge between school and university. * Adam Stubbs, student at Newcastle University * This is an exemplar modern chemistry resource with a very rounded pedagogical approach to engaging students and supporting staff in delivering key chemical concepts and supporting facts. It is a one stop shop for mainstream chemistry fundamentals. * Dr Loretta M. Murphy, Bangor University * Chemistry3 is the best introductory chemistry textbook currently available. It is well written, excels in clarity of presentation, and is an outstanding book from the student learning perspective. All of the concepts covered are well explained and supported by excellent artwork. This is a book that all first and second year chemistry undergraduates should have. * Dr Gareth Owen, University of South Wales * It is a great textbook for first year courses with really good use of visual aids and excellent provision of worked examples to illustrate the concepts and their applications. It is a perfect transition from A-Level to Higher Education Chemistry. * Dr Rossana Wright, University of Nottingham *
Professor Andrew Burrows, Department of Chemistry, University of Bath Professor John Holman, Emeritus Professor of Chemistry, University of York, President of the Royal Society of Chemistry Professor Andrew Parsons, Department of Chemistry, University of York Dr Gwen Pilling, Formerly of the Science Education Group, University of York Professor Gareth Price, Department of Chemistry, University of Bath