Chemistry for Dummies

ISBN-10: 0764554301
ISBN-13: 9780764554308
Edition: 2003
Authors: John T. Moore
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Description: With this book you will be able to understand everything from atoms to elements, combustion to cosmetics and compounds to chemical structures. The fundamentals of chemistry are explored in a fun, easy-to-understand manner.

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List price: $19.99
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 12/6/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 384
Size: 7.50" wide x 9.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.562
Language: English

With this book you will be able to understand everything from atoms to elements, combustion to cosmetics and compounds to chemical structures. The fundamentals of chemistry are explored in a fun, easy-to-understand manner.

Introduction
About This Book
How to Use This Book
Assumptions (And You Know What They Say about Assumptions!)
How This Book Is Organized
Icons Used in This Book
Where to Go from Here
Basic Concepts of Chemistry
What Is Chemistry, and Why Do I Need to Know Some?
What Exactly Is Chemistry?
So What Does a Chemist Do All Day?
And Where Do Chemists Actually Work?
Matter and Energy
States of Matter: Macroscopic and Microscopic Views
Ice in Alaska, Water in Texas: Matter Changes States
Pure Substances and Mixtures
Measuring Matter
Nice Properties You've Got There
Energy (Wish I Had More)
Measuring Energy
Something Smaller Than an Atom? Atomic Structure
Subatomic Particles: So That's What's in an Atom
The Nucleus: Center Stage
Where Are Those Electrons?
Electron configurations (Bed Check for Electrons)
Isotopes and Ions: These Are a Few of My Favorite Things
The Periodic Table (But No Chairs)
Repeating Patterns of Periodicity
Understanding How Elements Are Arranged in the Periodic Table
Nuclear Chemistry: It'll Blow Your Mind
It All Starts with the Atom
Radioactivity and Man-Made Radioactive Decay
Natural Radioactive Decay: How Nature Does It
Half-Lives and Radioactive Dating
Gone (Nuclear) Fission
Nuclear Fusion: The Hope for Our Energy Future
Am I Glowing? The Effects of Radiation
Blessed Be the Bonds That Tie
Opposites Do Attract: Ionic Bonds
The Magic of an Ionic Bond: Sodium + Chlorine = Table Salt
Positive and Negative Ions: Cations and Anions
Polyatomic Ions
Putting Ions Together: Ionic Compounds
Naming Ionic Compounds
Electrolytes and Nonelectrolytes
Covalent Bonds: Let's Share Nicely
Covalent Bond Basics
Naming Binary Covalent Compounds
So Many Formulas, So Little Time
Some Atoms Are More Attractive Than Others
What Does Water Really Look Like? The VSEPR Theory
Chemical Cooking: Chemical Reactions
What You Have and What You'll Get: Reactants and Products
How Do Reactions Occur? Collision Theory
What Kind of Reaction Do You Think I Am?
Balancing Chemical Reactions
Chemical Equilibrium
Le Chatelier's Principle
Reacting Fast and Reacting Slow: Chemical Kinetics
Electrochemistry: Batteries to Teapots
There Go Those Pesky Electrons: Redox Reactions
Power On the Go: Electrochemical Cells
Five Dollars for a Gold Chain? Electroplating
This Burns Me Up! Combustion of Fuels and Foods
The Mole: The Chemist's Best Friend
The Mole: Can You Dig It?
Counting by Weighing
Pairs, Dozens, Reams, and Moles
Chemical Reactions and Moles
Mixing Matter Up: Solutions
Solutes, Solvents, and Solutions
Solution Concentration Units
Colligative Properties of Solutions
Smoke, Clouds, Whipped Cream, and Marshmallows: Colloids All
Sour and Bitter: Acids and Bases
Properties of Acids and Bases: Macroscopic View
What Do Acids and Bases Look Like?--Microscopic View
Acids to Corrode, Acids to Drink: Strong and Weak Acids and Bases
An Old Laxative and Red Cabbage: Acid-Base Indicators
How Acidic Is That Coffee: The pH Scale
Buffers: Controlling pH
Antacids: Good, Basic Chemistry
Balloons, Tires, and Scuba Tanks: The Wonderful World of Gases
Microscopic View of Gases: The Kinetic Molecular Theory
I'm Under Pressure--Atmospheric Pressure, That Is
Gases Obey Laws, Too--Gas Laws
Stoichiometry and the Gas Laws
Dalton's and Graham's Laws
Chemistry in Everyday Life: Benefits and Problems
The Chemistry of Carbon: Organic Chemistry
Hydrocarbons: From Simple to Complex
Functional Groups: That Special Spot
Petroleum: Chemicals for Burning or Building
Don't Be Crude, Get Refined
The Gasoline Story
Polymers: Making Big Ones from Little Ones
Natural Monomers and Polymers
Classifying Unnatural (Synthetic) Monomers and Polymers
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle--Plastics
Chemistry in the Home
Chemistry in the Laundry Room
Chemistry in the Kitchen
Chemistry in the Bathroom
Chemistry in the Medicine Cabinet
Cough! Cough! Hack! Hack! Air Pollution
Civilization's Effect on the Atmosphere (Or Where This Mess Began)
To Breathe or Not to Breathe: Our Atmosphere
Leave My Ozone Alone: Hair Spray, CFCs, and Ozone Depletion
Is It Hot in Here to You? (The Greenhouse Effect)
Brown Air? (Photochemical Smog)
"I'm Meltingggggg!"--Acid Rain
Brown, Chunky Water? Water Pollution
Where Does Our Water Come From, and Where Is It Going?
Water: A Most Unusual Substance
Yuck! Some Common Water Pollutants
Wastewater Treatment
Drinking Water Treatment
The Part of Tens
Ten Serendipitous Discoveries in Chemistry
Archimedes: Streaking Around
Vulcanization of Rubber
Right- and Left-Handed Molecules
William Perkin and a Mauve Dye
Kekule: The Beautiful Dreamer
Discovering Radioactivity
Finding Really Slick Stuff: Teflon
Stick 'Em Up!! Sticky Notes
Growing Hair
Sweeter Than Sugar
Ten Great Chemistry Nerds
Amedeo Avogadro
Niels Bohr
Marie (Madame) Curie
John Dalton
Michael Faraday
Antoine Lavoisier
Dmitri Mendeleev
Linus Pauling
Ernest Rutherford
Glenn Seaborg
That Third-Grade Girl Experimenting with Vinegar and Baking Soda
Ten Useful Chemistry Web Sites
American Chemical Society
Material Safety Data Sheets
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Chemistry .About.Com
Webelements.com
Plastics.com
Webbook
ChemClub.com
Institute of Chemical Education
The Exploratorium
Scientific Units: The Metric System
SI Prefixes
Length
Mass
Volume
Temperature
Pressure
Energy
How to Handle Really Big or Really Small Numbers
Exponential Notation
Addition and Subtraction
Multiplication and Division
Raising a Number to a Power
Using a Calculator
Unit Conversion Method
Significant Figures and Rounding Off
Numbers: Exact and Counted Versus Measured
Determining the Number of Significant Figures in a Measured Number
Reporting the Correct Number of Significant Figures
Addition and subtraction
Multiplication and division
Rounding Off Numbers
Index

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