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Chemistry Books to Read

  • 1.  Chemistry Books to Read

    Posted 22 days ago

    I was wondering if anyone had suggestions for books explaining beginning chemistry concepts? I have some spare time and would like to refresh the basics, yet there is so much information online from websites that I become overwhelmed. If possible, I'd like to read about water treatment, but I don't know much beyond general chemistry classes, so I'm open to reading what anyone finds interesting.

    Thank you


    Sarah Marc
    : )

  • 2.  RE: Chemistry Books to Read

    Posted 22 days ago
    Hello Sarah, how are you? I hope you and you're family are doing well and safe at home!

    I really liked this idea of studying the basics of some subject! I think it's a great way to keep your knowledge fresh in your mind, and also to be able to learn more complex subjects with basic concepts well developed. I was doing that with calculus!

    For general chemistry, I'd definetely recommend you these books:
    • Chesmitry: the central science (Theodore E. Brown)
    • Fundamentals of General, Organic, and Biological Chemistry (John E. McMurry)

    • General Chemistry: general concepts (Raymond Chang)
    • General chemistry and chemical reactions (John Kotz)
    • Chemical princples: the quest for insight (Peter Atkins)
    I believe all of them are really good options and it will be up to you to choose the one that fits you the best.

    For water treatment, I think that the best way to learn, besides using books, you should definetely read papers, from all diferent levels (even if you don't understand, it's a good beginning to start understanding more complex subjects, just like learning a new language as an adult!). I found you a few options for books:
    • Introduction to water treatment (Joshua Armstrong)
    • Water treatment: theory and practice (Sukalyan Sengupta)
    • Water treatment WSO series (I think it's more specific to industrial facilities, but if you like it, it's a beggining as well)

    I'm not really familiarized with this subject, so my research was more superficial. I really hope I was able to, if not help you, at least give you some light on where to go, or how to search for it. I hope it helps!

    Best regards,

    Bruno Neves
    Student Chapter President at AIChE UFRJ
    Latin America Regional Liaison - ESC
    Publications Subcommittee/Student Central - ESC
    Chemical Engineering Undergraduate - UFRJ
    Rio De Janeiro - Brazil

  • 3.  RE: Chemistry Books to Read

    Posted 22 days ago
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    Hi Sarah!

    I hope you are doing well. It is good to know that you are trying to focus on the basics because as strong is the foundation, taller is the building.
    I would like to suggest that as you clear a fundamental say a given reaction, then take a step forward and try to see the future scopes of the same.
    For example, take Friedel-Crafts alkylation reaction. Read the theory and then look out for practical applications that are used in the industry.  The applications of Friedel-Crafts alkylation reaction are to produce high-octane fuels, antioxidants, surfactants, perfumes, ethylbenzene (starting material in styrene manufacture), and other important products, such as cumene and thymol.
    There are many books, I would like to suggest Unit Processes in Organic Synthesis by P.H Groggins you can find an e-book online.
    Moreover, Springer is offering around 400 free e-books for a wide range of topics, I am attaching the list of books with links to access them.
    I hope it helps.
    Happy Learning!

    Vedant Adhau


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