Professor Zumdahl has written several widely-used textbooks:

Steven S. Zumdahl, Basic Chemistry: An Alternate Edition, 5th Edition, Houghton-Mifflin, 2003


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  • TAG : Steven S. Zumdahl, Susan A. Zumdahl, Donald J. Decoste
  • 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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    Chemistry AP Edition (Hardcover) ~ Steven S. Zumdahl

  • Chemistry: An Atoms First Approach (Hardcover) ~ Steven S. Zumdahl

    Please click below to download the AP Chemistry outline for, 'Chapter 3 - Stoichiometry', from the Zumdahl's Chemistry, 5th Edition Textbook. These AP Chemistry notes will cover the key topics discussed in this chapter.

Steven S. Zumdahl, James F. Hall

Steve Zumdahl is the author of market-leading textbooks in introductory chemistry, general chemistry, honors-level chemistry, and high school chemistry. Recently retired from his long-time position as Director of Undergraduate Programs at the University of Illinois, he has received numerous awards for his contributions to chemical education. These include the National Catalyst Award in recognition of his contribution to chemical education, the University of Illinois Teaching Award, the UIUC Liberal Arts and Sciences Advising Award, and the School of Chemical Sciences Teaching Award (five times). He earned his B.S. in Chemistry from Wheaton College (IL), and his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois.