The Cartoon Guide to Chemistry, Paperback

The Cartoon Guide to Chemistry Paperback

Part of the Cartoon Guide Series series

3.5 out of 5 (3 ratings)


If you have ever suspected that "heavy water" is the title of a bootleg Pink Floyd album, believed that surface tension is an anxiety disorder, or imagined that a noble gas is the result of a heavy meal at Buckingham Palace, then you need The Cartoon Guide to Chemistry to set you on the road to chemical literacy. You don't need to be a scientist to grasp these and many other complex ideas, because The Cartoon Guide to Chemistry explains them all: the history and basics of chemistry, atomic theory, combustion, solubility, reaction stoichiometry, the mole, entropy, and much more-all explained in simple, clear, and yes, funny illustrations.

Chemistry will never be the same!


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 256 pages, illustrations
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Inc
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Chemistry
  • ISBN: 9780060936778



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Topics usually covered in a general chemistry or high school chemistry course are explained in this book using friendly characters and a sense of humor. Although the reader will not get too much of any one topic, the most common stumbling places are pointed out and a few worked examples are given (e.g. an acid-base titration problem). The illustrations are black and white drawings in which "critters" representing atoms interact with each other. A kindly wizard guide leads a young female student through the chapters, explaining as he goes. For students looking for another point of view or a stripped-down introduction to basic chemistry, this book might be useful. I found it entertaining and clever.

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This book may be helpful to students who have had a successful introductory class in chemisty. It uses funny pictures to explain basic chemistry, atomic theory, combustion, solubility, entropy, reaction stoichiometry, and the history of chemistry. I would recommend it to any high school student who is interested in studying science or is taking a chemistry class. I gave it a low rating because the reader actually has to to have a basic/intermediate understanding of chemistry to be able to understand the book or the jokes. I felt the book could have been written at a lower level in order to capture a high school audience, it appears an AP Chemistry student may enjoy it best

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This book really simplified chemistry, and even made it fun! I really enjoyed reading it. It speaks about how the Periodic Table of Elements are arranged.