Chemistry for Today: General, Organic, and Biochemistry, 8 edition

Chemistry for Today: General, Organic, and Biochemistry, 8 edition
  • Author: Spencer L. Seager and Michael R. Slabaugh
    Publisher: Brooks Cole;
    Genres: Chemistry
    Publish Date: January 1, 2013
    ISBN-10: 1133602274
    Pages: 960
    File Type: PDF
    Language: English

Book Preface

The Image of Chemistry

We, as authors, are pleased that the acceptance of the previous seven editions of this textbook by students and their teachers has made it possible to publish this eighth edition. In the earlier editions, we expressed our concern about the negative image of chemistry held by many of our students, and their genuine fear of working with chemicals in the laboratory. Unfortunately, this negative image not only persists, but seems to be intensifying. Reports in the media related to chemicals or to chemistry continue to be primarily negative, and in many cases seem to be designed to increase the fear and concern of the general public. With this edition, we continue to hope that those who use this book will gain a more positive understanding and appreciation of the important contributions that chemistry makes in their lives.

Theme and Organization

This edition continues the theme of the positive and useful contributions made by chemistry in our world.

This text is designed to be used in either a two-semester or three-quarter course of study that provides an introduction to general chemistry, organic chemistry, and biochemistry. Most students who take such courses are majoring in nursing, other health professions, or the life sciences, and consider biochemistry to be the most relevant part of the course of study. However, an understanding of biochemistry depends upon a sound background in organic chemistry, which in turn depends upon a good foundation in general chemistry. We have attempted to present the general and organic chemistry in sufficient depth and breadth to make the biochemistry understandable.

As with previous editions, this textbook is published in a complete hardcover form and a two-volume paperback edition. One volume of the paperback edition contains all the general chemistry and the first two chapters of organic chemistry from the hardcover text. The second volume of the paperback edition contains all the organic chemistry and biochemistry of the hardcover edition. The availability of the textbook in these various forms has been a very popular feature among those who use the text because of the flexibility it affords them.

The decisions about what to include and what to omit from the text were based on our combined 75-plus years of teaching, input from numerous reviewers and adopters, and our philosophy that a textbook functions as a personal tutor to each student. In the role of a personal tutor, a text must be more than just a collection of facts, data, and exercises. It should also help students relate to the material they are studying, carefully guide them through more difficult material, provide them with interesting and relevant examples of chemistry in their lives, and become a reference and a resource that they can use in other courses or their professions.

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