1st Edition

Rapid Review of Chemistry for the Life Sciences and Engineering With Select Applications

    297 Pages 14 Color & 60 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    297 Pages 14 Color & 60 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    297 Pages 14 Color & 60 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    Designed to demystify chemistry for the non-chemist, Rapid Review of Chemistry for the Life Sciences and Engineering is a useful reference manual for life scientists and engineers, who may have forgotten a formula, principle, or concept in the college chemistry taken a few years ago.

    With over 100 solved examples, from balancing chemical reactions, doing stoichiometry, and understanding nomenclature rules in both organic and inorganic chemistry, to calculating half-lives in kinetics or radioactive decay schemes, understanding colligative properties of solutions, and interpreting  toxicities of hazardous materials, this book is intended to make reviewing and understanding chemistry much clearer and easier.  Relevant diagrams are in color and solved examples are organized by subject/topic and cross-referenced by page and chapter number.

    It may also serve as a concise go-to sidekick for students, who are not chemistry majors, taking chemistry at the college level and having difficulty understanding the scope, focus, language, or equations in their chemistry textbook. 

    Armed with select, contemporary applications, it is written in the hope to bridge a gap between chemists and non-chemists, so that they may communicate with and understand each other. Chapters 1-10 are designed to contain the standard material in an introductory college chemistry course. Chapters 11-15 present applications of chemistry that should interest and appeal to scientists and engineers engaged in a variety of fields.

    Additional features

    • More than 100 solved examples clearly illustrated and explained with SI units and conversion to other units using conversion tables included
    • Assists the reader to understand organic and inorganic compounds along with their structures, including isomers, enantiomers, and congeners of organic compounds
    • Provides a quick and easy access to basic chemical concepts and specific examples of solved problems
    • Ideal sidekick for students who are non-chemistry majors taking intro. college chemistry, needing clear, concise explanations

    This concise, user-friendly review of general and organic chemistry with environmental applications will be of interest to all disciplines and backgrounds.

    Introduction; Simple Categories of Inorganic Reactions; Acids, Bases, and Salts; Chemical Equilibrium Systems; Thermochemistry and Thermodynamics; Chemical Kinetics; Electrochemistry and RED-OX Reactions; Organic Chemistry; Polymer Chemistry; Radioactivity and Nuclear Chemistry; The Chemistry of the Air and the Atmosphere; The Chemistry of Water; Chemistry of Select Hazardous Materials; Introduction to Basic Toxicology


    Armen S. Casparian, completed his B.A. degree in chemistry at Rutgers University and his M.Sc. (ABD) in physical chemistry at Brown University. He was a Professor of Chemistry, at Wentworth Institute of Technology for 33 years (Retired June 2013); Adjunct Professor of Chemistry at Community College of Rhode Island, September 2014 to present. Chemical and Engineering Consultant in private practice with over 40 years of experience and expertise in: designing and teaching applied and engineering chemistry courses to non-chemistry majors; laboratory instruction in analytical methods; chemical health and safety issues; compliance with OSHA and EPA regulations; product liability issues involving paints, coatings and adhesives failure; and surfactant chemistry. Registered Professional Chemist (ACS, 1968), Certified Chemical Hygiene Officer (NRCC, 1998), Registered Professional Industrial Hygienist (APIH, 1995). More than 75 review articles of textbooks, reference manuals, and multimedia presentations on topics including chemical health and safety, environmental quality, climate change, and management of hazardous materials.

    Gergely Sirokman is a Professor of Chemistry in the School of Sciences and Humanities at Wentworth Institute of Technology where he has taught since 2008. He earned a BS in chemistry from Brandeis University and a PhD in inorganic chemistry from MIT. He has extensive experience in teaching chemistry to non-science majors especially engineers and construction management students. He has personally mentored many students working on a variety of projects related to his academic interests. He has focused on the gamification of education and has designed games to teach science concepts at the college level. He also has a deep interest in renewable energy and climate change.

    Ann O. Omollo, Bachelor of Education (Science), Egerton University; PhD in Chemistry, Miami University. Professor of Chemistry, Community College of Rhode Island (2009 – present). Courses taught: Organic Chemistry I & II, General Chemistry I & II, Chemistry of Our Environment, and Basic Skills. Registered Professional Chemist (ACS, since 2003).

    When evaluating a newly published book one of the first questions is "who is the intended audience?". This question is clearly articulated: "this book is intended to serve as a reference manual that demystifies chemistry for the non-chemist who, nevertheless, may be a practitioner of some area of science or engineering requiring chemistry".

    I believe that this book will serve that audience exceptionally well. It is not voluminous (about 250 pages) but presents a large range of basic chemistry topics in a language that is compact but clear and readily approachable by the non-chemist. A large amount of information is presented in compact but easily understandable text. I found this to be one of the most important traits in the book. The reader does not have to wade through large amounts of turgid or theoretical text to find the information they need.

    A wide array of topics is presented in 15 chapters, including the basic properties of matter, reaction properties, chemical equilibrium, thermodynamics and kinetics, a survey of organic chemistry principals, radioactivity, polymers and more. Many of these chapters include useful charts, tables or illustrations in full color.

    It is the final set of chapters that in my mind set this book apart from most of its competition. These chapters cover topics of importance to the environment, including water quality and pollution, hazardous materials, and basic toxicology. It is unusual to find these topics discussed in a basic chemistry book and very timely, since they are discussed in the daily news reports of extreme weather events, fish kills due to acidification of lakes and streams, release of toxic materials during train derailments and, of course, the constant concern about rising temperatures. These chapters are of great value and should be read by as many professionals in decision making positions as possible.

    In summary, I would heartily recommend this book to anyone interested in acquiring a more complete chemical background in the most efficient possible way.

    - Dr. Ivan Gepner, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor of Biology, Monmouth University

    This is book is a great resource for practicing professionals in life sciences or engineering as well as an 11th hour study guide for college students taking intro chem, who are not chemistry majors. The solved examples and problems are clearly explained with consistent, easy to understand symbols and notation. This book is definitely written for the non-chemist.

    The range of topics is impressive for an intro chem course whether used as a reference manual or study guide. And, there are over 100 solved examples or problems throughout the 15 chapters.

    A chapter on basic toxicology, which explains many chemical health and safety related terms and concepts, like PEL, STEL, and LD 50 values, is also included. It even explains what an (M)SDS is and how to read it. Along with the other array of topics, this is a rare combination of subjects in one reference manual for intro chem.

    We have been looking for a book to use with our new course on Chemistry for Environmental Health and Safety. This is the answer.

    - James A. Kaufman, Ph.D.
    Founder/President Emeritus
    Laboratory Safety Institute (LSI), Natick, MA