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

ISBN 9780367541668
Published December 8, 2021 by CRC Press
297 Pages 14 Color & 60 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

To understand, maintain, and protect the physical environment, a basic understanding of chemistry, biology, and physics, and their hybrids is useful. Rapid Review of Chemistry for the Life Sciences and Engineering demystifies chemistry for the non-chemist who, nevertheless, may be a practitioner of some area of science or engineering requiring or involving chemistry. It provides quick and easy access to fundamental chemical principles, quantitative relationships, and formulas.

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.

Table of Contents

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

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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).