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CLUE: Chemistry, Life, the Universe and Everything

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Melanie M. Cooper, East Lansing, MI

Michael W. Klymkowsky, Boulder, CO

Copyright Year: 2016

Last Update: 2019

Publisher: Michael Klymkowsky, Melanie Cooper

Language: English

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Reviewed by Peter Nassiff, Adjunct Professor of Chemistry, Massachusetts Bay Community College on 11/17/22

The book is inappropriate for first year first semester chemistry students. For example, no stoichiometry. It introduces topics that are often inadequately covered. For example, Lewis structures, acid/base chemistry, kinetics, equilibrium which... read more

Reviewed by Lexie Kuzmishin Nagy, Assistant Professor, Earlham College on 6/23/22

The index of the text itself is complete and comprehensive, as are the details included in the companion “CLUE Learning Objectives” and “Big Ideas of CLUE Curriculum” documents. This comprehensiveness is supported by the organization and... read more

Table of Contents

  • 1. Atoms
  • 2. Electrons and Orbitals
  • 3. Elements, Bonding, and Physical Properties
  • 4. Heterogeneous Compounds
  • 5. Systems Thinking
  • 6. Solutions
  • 7. A Field Guide to Chemical Reactions
  • 8. How Far? How Fast?
  • 9. Reaction Systems

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  • About the Book

    This text is intended to provide an in-depth introduction to the key ideas in chemistry. We have designed the book to show how these ideas are developed from simple to complex systems and how they relate to each other. We consider three ideas central to an understanding of chemistry: the structure of matter, the properties of matter, and the energy changes involved in the reorganization of matter; all are connected by the interactions or forces that cause matter to interact. We aim to provide compelling reasons why you will find yourself wanting to learn chemistry and to illustrate what you will be able to do with this knowledge once you have learned it.

    About the Contributors


    Melanie M. Cooper is a professor in the Chemistry department at Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI

    Michael W. Klymkowsky, PhD is a biology professor at University of Colorado. Over the past few decades, his interests have evolved from membrane-enveloped bacterial viruses, through acetylcholine receptor structure and synaptic assembly, to the organization and function of the cytoskeleton, specifically intermediate filaments and the role of adhesion proteins in the regulation of gene expression.

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