9780131346857: Basic Chemistry

Basic Chemistry gives readers the problem-solving tools and techniques they need to be successful in chemistry. The book's unique Guide to Problem-Solving strategy provides a visual, step-by-step plan that helps readers solve a wide variety of chemical problems. Abundant sample problems and practice problems throughout the chapter allow readers to practice and master quantitative skills. With two best-selling books under her belt, Timberlake emphasizes problem solving and engages readers with a clear writing style. Students learn about the importance of chemistry in their future careers through interviews with chemists, engineers, doctors, and others in the chapter openers. Chemistry in Our Lives, Measurements, Atoms and Elements, Modern Atomic Theory and Periodic Properties, Ions and Ionic Compounds, Covalent Compounds, Chemical Quantities, Chemical Reactions, Energy and States of Matter, Gases, Solutions, Equilibrium, Acids and Bases, Oxidation and Reduction Reactions, Nuclear Radiation, Introduction to Organic Chemistry, Biological Chemistry For all readers interested in learning the basics of chemistry.

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Basic Chemistry, Third Edition gives you the problem-solving tools and techniques you'll need to succeed in future chemistry courses and in the work force. In a clear, friendly writing style, Timberlake continues to make chemistry relevant and engaging. Her unique "Guide to Problem-Solving" strategy provides a visual, step-by-step plan that helps to solve a wide variety of problems. Sample and practice problems throughout each chapter help you practice and master quantitative skills. Real-world applications cover modern, interesting topics in helping connect chemical principles to events in today's world, while interviews with engineers, doctors, veterinarians, and biochemists show the importance of chemistry in future careers.

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Karen Timberlake is an emeritus professor of chemistry at Los Angeles Valley College, where she has taught chemistry for allied health and preparatory chemistry for 36 years. She received her bachelor's degree in chemistry from the University of Washington in 1962 and her master's degree in biochemistry from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1965. She has also taken graduate courses in science education during a sabbatical at the University of Northern Colorado.

Professor Timberlake has been writing textbooks for general, organic, and biological chemistry for 28 years. During that time, her name has become associated with the strategic use of pedagogical tools that promote student success in chemistry and the application of chemistry to real-life situations in health and medicine. More than one million students have learned chemistry using texts, laboratory manuals, and study guides written by Karen Timberlake. In addition to General, Organic, and Biological Chemistry: Structures of Life, Platinum Edition, she is also the author of Chemistry: An Introduction to General, Organic, and Biological Chemistry and the accompanying Study Guide with Solutions for Selected Problems, Laboratory Manual and Essentials Laboratory Manual.

Professor Timberlake belongs to numerous science and education organizations, including the American Chemical Society (ACS) and the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA). In 1987, she was the Western Regional Winner of Excellence in College Chemistry Teaching Award given by the Chemical Manufacturers Association. She has participated in education grants for science teaching including the Los Angeles Collaborative for Teaching Excellence (LACTE) and the Title III grant at her college. She often speaks at conferences and education meetings on using student-centered teaching methods in chemistry to promote the learning success of students.

Her husband, Bill, is also a chemistry professor and contributes much to Professor Timberlake's textbooks. When the Professors Timberlake are not writing textbooks, they relax by hiking, traveling to Mexico and Europe, trying new restaurants, and playing lots of tennis. The Timberlakes' son, John, and daughter-in-law, Cindy, live in Long Beach, California, where he is in curriculum sales. The Timberlakes' one year-old grandson, Daniel, does not know what he wants to be yet.

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