I took a year of General Chemistry at two different schools and used this book for the second semester. I didn't find this book to be very helpful in explaining complex concepts, especially as a first year science student. It was verbose in some areas and not expansive in others. I ended up watching a lot of youtube and Khan Academy videos to supplement. I found Chemistry & Chemical Reactivity by Kotz et al a much smoother read and all problems can be solved by information within the chapters (unlike Zumdahl)
Zumdahl's textbook is basically for college level chemistry, but should not be used for AP. This was the required textbook for my AP Chem class, but I feel that Zumdahl's book is boring and does not provide enthusiasm for students to enter into chemistry. His honors book, World of Chemistry, is better. This is a book for chem majors in college, not higher level high school students. I would suggest Kotz or Masterton. By the way, even though I was introduced to this book and read a few chapters, I still am majoring in chemistry currently, mainly because I chose another book, listed above, which got me a 5.
CHEMISTRY allows the reader to learn chemistry basics quickly and easily by emphasizing a thoughtful approach built on problem solving. For the Eighth Edition, authors Steven and Susan Zumdahl have extended this approach by emphasizing problem-solving strategies within the Examples and throughout the text narrative. CHEMISTRY speaks directly to the reader about how to approach and solve chemical problems-to learn to think like a chemist-so that they can apply the process of problem-solving to all aspects of their lives.
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