Basic Chemistry


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Maintaining the clear and approachable writing style characteristic of author Karen Timberlake, Basic Chemistry, Fourth Edition, adds to its suite of problem-solving tools and techniques necessary for educational and workforce success. Engaging new features such as Key Math Skills and Core Chemistry Skills and Math Review Modules allow students of various levels and learning styles to practice and master quantitative skills. Popular features, including “Combining Ideas” sections and end-of-chapter questions, have also been strengthened and expanded. Modern real-world applications help students connect chemical principles to events in their world, while stories involving careers illustrate the importance of chemistry in future careers.



Unique, color-coded Guides to Problem-Solving are given for each problem type discussed in the text. In each Sample Problem, solutions are mapped out step-by-step using color blocks that visually guide students through each problem-solving strategy.
Concept Checks throughout each chapter allow students to check their understanding of new chemical terms and ideas.


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About the Author

Karen Timberlake is Professor Emerita of chemistry at Los Angeles Valley College, where she taught chemistry for allied health and preparatory chemistry for 36 years. She received her bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the University of Washington and her master’s degree in biochemistry from the University of California at Los Angeles.

Professor Timberlake has been writing chemistry textbooks for 35 years. During that time, her name has become associated with the strategic use of pedagogical tools that promote student success in chemistry and the application of chemistry to real-life situations. More than one million students have learned chemistry using texts, laboratory manuals, and study guides written by Karen Timberlake. In addition to Basic Chemistry, Fourth Edition, she is also the author of General, Organic and Biological Chemistry: Structures of Life, Fourth Edition and Chemistry: An Introduction to General, Organic and Biological Chemistry, Eleventh Edition with the accompanying Study Guide, Selected Solutions Manual, Laboratory Manual, and Essential Laboratory Manual.

Professor Timberlake belongs to numerous science and educational organizations including the American Chemical Society (ACS) and the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA). She was the Western Regional Winner of Excellence in College Chemistry Teaching Award given by the Chemical Manufacturers Association. In 2004, she received the McGuffey Award in Physical Sciences from the Text and Academic Authors Association for her textbook Chemistry: An Introduction to General, Organic and Biological Chemistry, eight editions, which has demonstrated excellence over time. In 2006, she received the Textbook excellence award for the first edition of Basic Chemistry. She has participated in education grants for science teaching including the Los Angeles Collaborative for Teaching Excellence (LACTE) and a Title III grant at her college. She speaks at conferences and educational meetings on the use of student-centered teaching methods in chemistry to promote the learning success of students.

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Pearson Education; Fourth edition (26 October 2016)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 756 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 9332581312
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-9332581319
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 432 g
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 20.3 x 25.4 x 4.7 cm
  • Best Sellers Rank: #229,897 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
    • #702 in Chemistry Textbooks