mcgraw hill dictionary of chemistry 2nd edition

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mcgraw hill dictionary of chemistry 2nd edition


The McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Chemistry provides a compendium of 8000 terms
that are central to chemistry and related fields of science and technology. The
coverage in this Second Edition is focused on the the areas of analytical
chemisty, general chemistry, inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, physical
chemistry, and spectroscopy, with new terms added and others revised as
Chemistry deals with the composition, properties, and structure of matter. Its
various branches analyze composition and properties, and study the changes
that occur in matter, the underlying processes, the energetics of these processes,
and the rates at which they occur. Thus, the terms contained in this
Dictionary may be used in virtually all areas of science, for example, biochemistry,
geochemistry, and cosmochemistry, and in many areas of technology.
All of the definitions are drawn from the McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific and
Technical Terms, Sixth Edition (2003). Each definition is classified according to
the field with which it is primarily associated; if it is used in more than one
area, it is identified by the general label [CHEM]. The pronunciation of each
term is provided, along with synonyms, acronyms, and abbreviations where
appropriate. A guide to the use of the Dictionary appears on pages vii-viii,
explaining the alphabetical organization of terms, the format of the book,
cross referencing, chemical formulas, and how synonyms, variant spellings,
abbreviations, and similar information are handled. The Pronunciation Key is
provided on page x. The Appendix provides conversion tables for commonly
used scientific units as well as other listings of chemical data.
It is the editors’ hope that the Second Edition of the McGraw-Hill Dictionary
of Chemistry will serve the needs of scientists, engineers, students, teachers,
librarians, and writers for high-quality information, and that it will contribute
to scientific literacy and communication.