Chemistry in Your Life (1st edition)

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9780716739029: Chemistry in Your Life (1st edition)

This text is designed for students, especially those who are required to take a science course but who think of chemistry as too abstract, too mathematical, or too remote from their experience. Organized by chemical principles, the book focuses on familiar, personal issues such as DNA testing, antacids and the physical effects of drinking alcohol, and then teaches the chemistry that arises from them. In addition, it integrates applications sections throughout. Students will see how knowledge of basic chemistry can affect their lives, as well as informing their decision making as consumers and voters.

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COLIN BAIRD teaches at the University of Western Ontario. He is the author of Environmental Chemistry (W.H. Freeman). WENDY GLOFFKE taught general, organic and biochemistry and liberal arts chemistry at Cedar Crest (PA) College for eight years and is now a full-time science writer and educational consultant.

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'The authors succeed in integrating applications, more so than either Chemistry in Context, which short changes the basic chemistry, or Hill and Kolb's Chemistry for Changing Times, where the relevancy chapters come so late we don't get to them.' - Robley Light, Florida State University 'The strongest aspect of this text is its innovative organization with the applications right in the text with the chemical principles. There are few, if any other books like this on the market. This idea has great merit and should be considered by all who teach a non-majors chemistry class. I am greatly impressed.' - Kent Clinger, Lipscomb University 'The author is true to his stated intention to minimize mathematical equations, and complex calculations. For his intended student audience and pedagogical priorities, I think this makes good sense...Chemistry is not the only place to learn how to work problems: but for many students it will be the ONLY opportunity to learn CHEMISTRY.' - Kenneth Carter, Truman State University 'The treatment of DNA is extremely well done. Ultra modern and relevant, it teaches about the very technology at the forefront of human health and medicine. This will prepare the students to make informed choices involving genetic engineering and ethics.' - Joe Luthern, University of Akron

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