Resources available from the SCC Library

What is Chemistry? The Infrastructure of the World

QD 37 .A85 2013

"In What is Chemistry? Peter Atkins encourages us to look at chemistry anew, through a chemist's eyes, to understand its central concepts and to see how it contributes not only towards our material comfort, but also to human culture. He shows how chemistry provides the infrastructure of our world, through the chemical industry, the fuels of heating, power generation, and transport, as well as the fabrics of our clothing and furnishings.

By considering the remarkable achievements that chemistry has made, and examining its place between both physics and biology, Atkins presents a fascinating, clear, and rigorous exploration of the world of chemistry -- its structure, core concepts, and contributions." --From Publisher

Study Resources: The Great Courses DVDs

Chemistry: The Great Courses

QD 39 .C469 2009

"Many students struggle in high school chemistry, feeling confused and uncertain even if they earn a good grade. Why? What can be done to help students succeed in this vitally important course? Success in chemistry doesn't require any special intellectual gifts or talents or advanced mathematical skill--it does require grasping the ideas behind key topics in chemistry. This course is designed to give students a deep and thorough understanding of the fundamental concepts and problem-solving skills needed in the study of chemistry. Professor Cardulla makes use of visual aids including illustrations, graphs, demonstrations, and diagrams that support learning and help students gain a deeper understanding of key concepts. This course is ideal for home schoolers, students having difficulty with chemistry, adults who are seeking a GED or are trying to prepare for college chemistry after many years away from the classroom, or anyone who wants to overcome their anxiety regarding chemistry."

Foundations of Organic Chemistry: The Great Courses

QD 251.3 .F68 2014

"Organic chemistry is the subject dedicated to the study of a deceptively simple set of molecules—those based on carbon. Even today, centuries after the most basic governing principles of this subject were discovered, many students struggle to make sense of this science. At the university level, professors are often in a race against time to dispense the vast body of knowledge on organic chemistry to their students before semester’s end, leaving little time for discussion of exactly how this information came to be known or of just how new experimentation might change the world we live in. This course endeavors to fill that gap. In this course, you will investigate the role of carbon in organic molecules—sometimes acting as a reactive site on molecules, sometimes influencing reactive sites on molecules, but always providing structural support for an ever-growing library of both naturally occurring and man-made compounds." --From Publisher

The Periodic Table of Elements

Compiled by Christina Faith, September 2015