Chemistry Basics: Stop Faking It! Finally Understanding Science So You Can Teach it

NSTA Press Book (also see downloadable pdf version of this book) by: William C. Robertson, Ph.D.

Do the words “periodic table” send chills down your spine? Are you anxious about atomic structure? Confounded by chemical equations? Relax! The cure for chemistry confusion is within reach, courtesy of this newly available book in the Stop Faking It! series.

Best-selling author Bill Robertson takes a fresh approach to chemistry fundamentals by helping you understand them from the ground up. Instead of hounding you to memorize the characteristics of atoms and the periodic table, Chemistry Basics will help you see those characteristics as a natural consequence of our understanding of atomic structure.

You will learn not just that atoms behave in certain ways, but why they behave in that way. You will learn not just how to balance chemical equations, but why in the world you would want to! You will also learn not just that carbon is a building block of thousands of organic compounds, but why carbon is suited for this purpose.

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Reviews (5)
  • on Tue Jul 15, 2008 3:09 PM

The simplicity of this resource very nicely assists me in helping a fist year Chemistry Teacher. I'm quite pleased to have access to this work. FB

Franklin Boulineau  (Hephzibah, GA)
Franklin Boulineau (Hephzibah, GA)

  • on Sat Nov 03, 2007 7:22 PM

This book contains information that even 7th & 8th graders can read and understand. It is very helpful when creating notes for non-English proficient students bridging high content with easily understood language.

Donna Costa  (New Castle, DE)
Donna Costa (New Castle, DE)

  • on Thu Nov 01, 2007 7:06 PM

This has been a great resource for our work with elementary teachers. Bill Robertson makes chemistry accessible, interesting and narrows the subject down to important concepts and ideas. The illustrations are great and the writing is entertaining and compelling.

Christine Bertko  (Flagstaff, AZ)
Christine Bertko (Flagstaff, AZ)

  • on Tue Jul 15, 2008 3:19 PM

I have three other volumes in this series as well, and have found them all useful for planning homeschool science lessons in the middle school years. Like the other books in this series, it presents concepts in a thorough yet non-intimidating fashion. The physics books I needed for review, but I did take it in college. I haven't had chemistry since high school, and the lack of a bibliography or suggested books for further reading is more noticeable. I learned a lot from this book, but I could use pointers to further reading as well.

Janet C  (, )
Janet C (, )

  • on Wed Nov 28, 2007 11:35 AM

Having taught middle school chemistry and intregrated chemistry for years, I was impressed how this little book clarified the chemical concepts of electronegativity,polarity, and ionic and covalent bonding for me. Some of the examples were very simple- however, that is the purpose of the book. I'm anxious to see how other topics are approached in the next volume.

Margaret Williams  (Pampa, TX)
Margaret Williams (Pampa, TX)

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