A Guide to the Elements

A Guide to the Elements

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Newly updated with the stunning discovery of two new elements, A Guide to the Elements, 2nd Edition is still the easy-to-read, easy-to-understand resource to the periodic table that students and teachers of the physical sciences expect. A Guide to the Elements, Second Edition begins with an introductory section that explains some of the basic concepts of chemistry and traces the history and development of the periodic table of the elements. In clear, nontechnical language, Albert Stwertka takes complex ideas and terms easily understandable. Complemented with historical anecdotes and everyday examples, each fascinating article examines one element and is accompanied by photographs many in full color of practical applications. Middle school and high school students will find this a welcome reference, as will adults with no background in chemistry.
This new edition includes:
* A comprehensive list of informative websites
* An epilogue on recent near-discoveries of new elements
* An extensively updated further-reading list
An excellent "look up" resource as well as a superb introduction to chemistry, A Guide to the Elements, Second Edition is a good beginning step on the road to chemical literacy.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 248 pages
  • 213.4 x 279.4 x 22.9mm | 1,247.39g
  • United States
  • English
  • 2nd ed.
  • Illustrations, unspecified
  • 0195150260
  • 9780195150261

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Acclaim for the first edition: "An indispensable resource for middle and high school students and teachers....With its up-to-date entries and easy-to-read style, [Elements] belongs in every science classroom, chemistry lab, and school and public library."--Science Books & Films
"An excellent introductory resource."--School Library Journal
"A succinct introduction to the chemical elements....This one-volume reference is a handy compendium that will complement the science collection of any school or public library."--Library Journal
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