Short questionnaire relating to Chemistry 126, Spring 2002, Prof. Hanson

13. Comments about the book:

I wish that the book had more examples. That would be especially helpful in the homework. It would be nice if the book also had a glossary, some of the concepts and terms aren't clear and concise.

An index would be extremely helpful. I use indexes in books all the time. I would like some sample problems along the way, throughout the reading, like in the Siberberg textbook. I would often do the sample problems and if I did not understand it, I would go back and read that section again. Within the text, at times I can see examples of problems, but at other times I would like problems to be more laid out within the text. In addition to an index, I think that a glossary would be helpful, and at the end of the chapter to indicate the key words to remember as well as the key equations. At times, I don't know what key words are important. Some of the real world examples are helpful, but at times I think that they are too complicated for us to understand with our limited knowlege. Perhaps this issue could be resolved if they were stated more clearly so that we could understand it.

I would like it more if there were more examples of how to do things. I find that I understand the concept better if I can figure it out through examples. Plus, there is so much text in the book, I would like to see ideas summarized, so that when I was looking back at things I could find them easier.

As noted above, more sample problems would be nice.

I really like this book, and I find it does a much better job at approaching the subjects at a level that 19 year old students can comprehend than any other chemistry text book I've encountered.

It needs more EXAMPLES! Some examples, ANY examples! I can't learn it just by looking at an equation, I need to see how to use it!

The problems at the end of chapters could do with some answers, like an answer key or something like that. So that we know that we are on track. Maybe give answers for the problems that are not assigned for homework.

I really like the book because it is interesting to read. I feel that this is the determing factor of a book's value, for if students can't bear to read it, it does no good. Suggestions: besides an index, I feel that it would be helpful to include a section with all of the important terms and their definitions.

I would like the answers to the problems. I know a couple of times I will get an assignment back nd realize I was off on the wrong track. With an answer section, I would know while I was working through the questions whether I was actually getting what I was studying. Even if the answers were online that would help.

i enjoy reading the book and then going to class and seeing how what the prof says ties into what i read.

Very well done. It would be nice if it was hard bound.

it's WAY better than trying to undestand Silberberg's text! i like how it's broken into sections.

Fun to feels like you're talking to me.

easy to read, but I dont feel like it stresses the most important aspects of each chapter enough. I dont feel like I can review the text and then be able to predict what is going to be on the tests. It also seems like all the problems we do from the text deal with equations and math, but what you want us to get out the book is the ideas and concepts. How do we get the important ideas and concepts out of the book if they are not stressed in homework?

Because I like examples, I wish the book had sample problems and section review problems that way I could determine if I understood the material or not.

I like the writing style of the book, it is challenging without being too difficult to read.

I like the approach taken by the book to look at chemical reactions and how they occur. However, sometimes I think there is some unnecessary language that makes the concepts a little difficult to understand. I appreciate the proofs of things, but sometimes those make things even more confusing. I really wish there were sample problems in the text.

I like the book for the most part. It is much easier to follow than the Silberberg text

This book has been easier for me to follow than any other science text book I've ever read.

It's a good book. It's easy to read for the most part, and it doesn't bore you to sleep like some other textbooks.

i like the way that the book is written, although sometimes i get lost in the derivation of equations, especially since it says that the derivation is not important.

It is a very informative book.

More examples and practice type problems where steps are layed out would be nice for concepts that involve calculation.

maybe practice examples to go through

The book is easy to understand and all the examples are nice. It is also a lot easier to read than traditional science textbooks because the style is much more casual. The only complaint is that the lectures in class are almost exactly the same as the book. They go together well, but it gets a little uninteresting to have the same thing explained twice in almost the exact same way.

Some chapters are very clear, and then sometimes I feel as though we have made a jump in logic, or in explanation. Perhaps it ties into our previous knowledge, but sometimes I feel as though leaving out that section forces me to question whether it does have a connection.

I like the casual style of writing in the book since it gives time to digest, it might even help in the comprehension of the material presented... in addition to the expinations provided that is not in the casual style

I like it

While I enjoy the way the book is written I find that the construction of it needs breaks in it where the concepts can be reworded in terms of day-to-day street life. I think this would improve the pace at which the knowledge is learned and would also allow for greater memorization.

summaries are very helpful. it would be even better if there were more concrete examples of the use of the equations right in the chapter, not only in the summary and the questions at the end of the chapter.

There should be more example problems.

I like the way the book gets to the point without adding a lot of nonsense information. I also like how the examples are those that are easy to follow and understand so a person can get a firm grasp on the concept. Overall, I really like the book.

I really like how it is written. I do think there needs to be more specific examples, especially of the kind of homework problems we do. I have found that sometimes I dont' know how to the problems.

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