4 out of 5 stars
Foundations of College Chemistry Fifteenth Edition with Wiley Plus
By: Hein, Arena, Willard
Synopsis: This college chemistry book has 20 chapters; significant figures, converting measurements, naming of elements and compounds, properties of matter, early and modern atomic theory and structure, writing formulas for various compounds, finding molar mass and percent composition of compounds, writing and calculating chemical equations, and gas laws are a few of the many topics covered.
Pro: This is a very comprehensive book for an intro course in chemistry. Every chapter is full of practice problems along with a chapter review full of more practice. If you buy WileyPlus, more examples are given for each type of problem you need. WileyPlus also has a personalized learning dashboard that will keep track of your progress for every chapter.
Con: This book dives straight into practice problems and ignores the conceptual side of chemistry. Only selected practice problems in the review have answers to them and some answers for the problems within the chapters only can be found in Wiley. So, if a student does not buy Wiley, many of these practice problems are useless.
4 stars out of 5
This book contains short stories about Richard Feynman’s life.
Pro: There are a plethora of great stories including him working on the Manhattan project, breaking into safes, playing a Brazilian instrument called a frigideira, and winning a Nobel Prize in physics. He talks about his travels, people he met, and how he solved different challenging problems. By reading this book, you will understand how his curiosity both led to some great discoveries and also put him in several pickles.
Con: Some may not like all of his anecdotes. This book is more for people who want to learn about his life rather than learn about physics. He does talk about physics, but he does not get technical about it at all which depending on what you’re looking for could be a positive or negative thing.
4 stars out of 5
This book, as the name might imply, discusses different dimensions such as the 10th and the 26th dimension. Michio Kaku refers to another book called “Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions” in order to coherently explain why higher dimensions can simplify the laws of physics rather than complicating them.
Pro: This book is great for people who want to learn more about higher dimensions and how it might affect future civilizations as we go from what we currently are a Type 0 civilization to what we potentially could be which would be a Type III civilization.
Con: Unfortunately, a lot of what he talks about cannot be proven in the lab. We simply do not have the technology or know how to show experimental evidence for higher dimensions. The author knows this but is still rather fascinated by the idea that there might be.