Known for many years as Barron's Easy Way Series, the new editions of these popular self-teaching titles are now Barron's E-Z Series. Brand-new cover designs reflect all new page layouts, which feature extensive two-color treatment, a fresh, modern typeface, and more graphic material than ever-- charts, graphs, diagrams, instructive line illustrations, and where appropriate, amusing cartoons. Meanwhile, the quality of the books' contents remains at least as high as ever. Barron's E-Z books are self-help manuals focused to improve students' grades in a wide variety of academic and practical subjects. For most subjects, the level of difficulty ranges between high school and college-101 standards. Although primarily designed as self-teaching manuals, these books are also preferred by many teachers as classroom supplements--and for some courses, as main textbooks. E-Z books review their subjects in detail, and feature both short quizzes and longer tests with answers to help students gauge their learning progress. Subject heads and key phrases are set in a second color as an easy reference aid. Barron's E-Z Chemistry covers all important chemistry topics, from atomic structure and chemical formulas to electrochemistry and the basics of organic chemistry. Three full-length tests are included with answers fully explained, two of them modeled after the SAT Subject Area Chemistry Test. A method of diagnosing students' strengths and weaknesses by topic area is included with each test.
No frills, some errors
By K. Day - November 13, 2009
This book is a very basic, no-frills review of high school chemistry that boils down the most important topics into brief chapters. I bought it to study for the PRAXIS II Chemistry content exam; I dislike the "Dummies" and "Idiot Guide" series' corny puns and comics, so I bought this one instead. The three practice exams were somewhat helpful for finding gaps in my knowledge. Unfortunately, I found several errors that might confuse a student trying to learn chemistry the first time around (i.e. missing multiple choice answers, incorrect calculations, unhelpful explanations for answers, etc.). The electrochemistry chapter is especially bad -- I don't think I ever fully understood the subject and this book made it more confusing.
Great help for tough Chem Classes
By Busy Lady - September 9, 2009
I've looked at Chemistry book after Chemistry book to help my 11 & 13 yr olds with their chem classes. Barrons gives excellent, easy to understand explanations. Each chapter details what it will go over. Important information (that my kids continue to see on tests) is highlighted in the margins. There is a "self-test" at the end of each chapter to you can make sure you KNOW what you're talking about. My kids are now getting better grades in their extremely difficult chemistry classes at their charter school.
I've found that no one chem book seems to give all the answers, or at least in terms the lay-person every person can understand. I think this is an excellent addition to any beginner Chemistry library. I don't know if it's the right book to review for you AP exams, but neither I nor my kids are at AP level yet.
Definitley Not Recommended!
By MrFreezeman2 - February 25, 2012
Would not recommend you buy this one in fact stay far away from it. Book does not go into great detail in regards to the subject matters of chemistry. If you want to learn how to balance equations please please don't buy this book! The only thing good I can say about this book is that the review questions are helpful. I would recommend the Homework Helpers Series : Chemistry or Chemistry a Self Teaching Guide
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