Academic journal article The Science Teacher

Chemical Bonds

Academic journal article The Science Teacher

Chemical Bonds

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Chemical Bonds

By Phillip Manning

$35. Chelsea

House Publishers.

New York. 2009.

ISBN: 0791097404.

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The author of this book quotes Linus Pauling: "An understanding of the electronic structure of atoms is necessary for the study of the electronic structure of molecules and the nature of the chemical bond." The text does a good job of introducing readers to these understandings. It also provides applications and anecdotes to make this sometimes difficult topic more accessible and interesting.

From a very brief coverage of stellar nucleosynthesis, through a quick tour of quantum mechanics regarding the nature of the atom and electrons, and into bonding theories and communication techniques such as electron configuration notation, this book does an excellent job of laying out the current picture of the nature of the chemical bond. Along the way, all the major topics needed for comprehensive coverage at the high school level are included. Personalities of the many people involved in the development of this understanding are discussed in an admirable and concise way. …

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