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Chemistry by OpenStax is designed for the two-semester general chemistry course. For many students, this course provides the foundation to a career in chemistry, while for others, this may be their only college-level science course. As such, this textbook provides an important opportunity for students to learn the core concepts of chemistry and understand how those concepts apply to their lives and the world around them. The text...

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Theresa Carlson
Theresa Carlson (Faculty)
6 years ago

I currently use OpenStax Chemistry for my General Chemistry Part I and Part II courses and overall I think OpenStax Chemistry is a good quality book for the price. OpenStax Chemistry does a good job in covering the material for both my courses. I do like the interactive portion of the iBook version of the book, which students can get for $5. The interactive portion is still accessible to students who use the pdf version by going on YouTube, where the interactive videos are sourced. The pdf version, majority of my students use, they have downloaded on their computer. I also upload the pdf version to their Blackboard as well, to make the book more accessible. There is a printed version, my campus bookstore offers, for $40.

OpenStax has allowed me to make my course more affordable to students. Due to the affordability, I know my students are more likely to download the book and use it as a resource for the course and refer back to it when they are stuck on a concept. 

OpenStax Chemistry is like any other Chemistry book. There is a table of contents, a glossary, citations, further references, as well as problems the students can use to practice. There is also a test bank for instructors, if you so wish to use their test bank. The graphics and animations they have are a nice addition that allows the book to be more interactive. 

So far, I have noticed a few errors in the book, which are being fixed with each new addition. One of the great aspects of using OpenStax: I am allowed to modify and re-arrange the chapters the way I am use to teaching my courses. I can also use other materials when I feel the book is lacking in the explanation of a concept. For example, the Born-Haber cycle, I had to modify from the version that was in the book due to severe typos. 

Overall, OpenStax Chemistry is a good book for my General Chemistry courses and with every new update the book keeps getting better and better.

Used in course? Yes