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The 100 Most Important Chemical Compounds by Richard L. Myers, ISBN-13: 978-0313337581

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The 100 Most Important Chemical Compounds by Richard L. Myers, ISBN-13: 978-0313337581

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  • Publisher: ‎ Greenwood; Illustrated edition (August 30, 2007)
  • Language: ‎ English
  • 352 pages
  • ISBN-10: ‎ 9780313337581
  • ISBN-13: ‎ 978-0313337581

What is a chemical compound? Compounds are substances that are two or more elements combined together chemically in a standard proportion by weight. Compounds are all around us – they include familiar things, such as water, and more esoteric substances, such as triuranium octaoxide, the most commonly occurring natural source for uranium. This reference guide gives us a tour of 100 of the most important, common, unusual, and intriguing compounds known to science. Each entry gives an extensive explanation of the composition, molecular formula, and chemical properties of the compound. In addition, each entry reviews the relevant chemistry, history, and uses of the compound, with discussions of the origin of the compound’s name, the discovery or first synthesis of the compound, production statistics, and uses of the compound.

In public, school, and academic libraries, there is a need for clearly written, not-too-technical information about chemicals. This source “discusses the chemistry, history, and uses of significant compounds that have affected humans throughout history.” The 100 chemical compounds were chosen because of their importance to society, health, and industry. Water is included but also methane, acetylsalicylic acid (aspirin), and dichlorodifluoromethane (CFC-12). Entries include chemical name, structural formula, CAS number, molecular formula, molar mass, composition, melting point, boiling point, and density. The text describes the origin of the compound’s name, history, discovery, and uses in modern society. Cross-references are included. The reading level is appropriate for high-school chemistry students, undergraduates, or general adult readers. A glossary, bibliography, and index can be found at the end of the book. The same technical data, such as melting point or CAS number, are available for 677 chemicals from the NIOSH Pocket Guide to Chemical Hazards. However, the text in The 100 Most Important Chemical Compounds adds another dimension to information about chemicals. This title will be useful for chemistry reference collections in both large and small libraries.

Richard L. Myers is Professor of Environmental Science at Alaska Pacific University. He has taught chemistry, oceanography, meteorology, and physics classes and conducted research on urban environmental issues. His work has appeared in the Journal of Environmental Health,The Northern Engineer, Journal of Chemical Education, and Journal of College Science Teaching. His teaching awards include the Carnegie Foundation Alaska Professor of the Year, Higher Education Award from the United Methodist Church, President’s Forum Teaching Award, and Ohaus Award for Innovations in College Science Teaching. teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in chemistry, statistics, and environmental science. Dr. Myers’ published research includes work on air quality, water quality, science education, and science and the humanities.

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