Choosing a Chemistry Textbook

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The Home Scientist, source of our laboratory kits, recommends the following texts on his website:

1. Chemistry: The Central Science (12th Edition) by Theodore E. Brown, H. Eugene H LeMay, Bruce E. Bursten, Catherine Murphy, Patrick Woodward

As you can see from the Amazon ad, it is pretty expensive.

2. CK-12 Chemistry, which is available for free online.

The CK-12 books are being marketed as “Flexbooks,” which means that the website has modules of text that can be put together in different ways to make a custom textbook. You can see the modules under the “Concepts” tab and the textbooks created using the modules under the “Flexbook® Textbooks” tab at the CK-12 website.

Pros: The online textbook is inexpensive (free) and the flexible content is appealing.

Cons: Reading online takes 25% longer than from a standard text. If we print out the .pdf, it will probably cost about as much as a used textbook.

Bottom line: Wouldn’t it make sense to download the CK-12 Chemistry Second Ed? We can use it as a resource, even if we decide on another textbook.

Other options:

Introductory Chemistry (4th Edition) by Nivaldo J. Tro is a popular chemistry text that is used for high school, AP and introductory college classes.

Used texts are running about $26 on Amazon right now. I learned about this from a homeschool friend whose son used it to pass AP chem.

Chemistry: An Introduction to General, Organic, and Biological Chemistry (11th Edition) by Karen C. Timberlake

Different versions of Timberlake are available, some of which are used for local community college classes.

Another option might be to use this inexpensive self-study guide, which we could supplement with online materials: Chemistry: Concepts and Problems: A Self-Teaching Guide by Clifford C. Houk, and Richard Post

Finally, there are a lot of online textbooks available (see the blog online textbook resource page).

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