Two Book Versions -- The Differences
Two book versions of the ChemReview lessons are available. Which version is appropriate for your course?
· For students who intend to take college General Chemistry or AP chemistry, the book volumes of Calculations In Chemistry are recommended. These books include all of the 39 Chemreview modules.
Using Calculations In Chemistry, selected lessons cover the topics included in courses that are preparation for General or AP Chemistry. During General or AP Chemistry that follows, the lessons provide a review of fundamentals and additional math-oriented topics in a two-semester General Chemistry or AP sequence.
· For students who are not sure that they will take physical-science-major General Chemistry, or for students who intend to take chemistry for health-science majors, the less expensive Calculations in Chemistry -- An Introduction is recommended. This printed version of selected ChemReview lessons includes the math-oriented topics most often included in Preparatory and GOB/Health courses in a single volume.
Introduction omits topics that are generally taught only in General Chemistry for physical-science majors, such as rate-law kinetics, Q calculations, weak bases and buffers, KMT calculations and Nernst-equation electrochemistry. However, Introduction emphasizes exponential notation, metric prefixes, unit use and unit cancellation, algebra, and structured problem solving. Base 10 log calculations are taught with pH, and the math of natural logs is taught using half-life calculations in nuclear chemistry.
Math background is a major stumbling block for students in college chemistry. In Introduction, while learning chemistry fundamentals, students prepare for and practice the math needed for General/AP Chemistry and upper-level health and physical science courses.
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