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Reference Materials

Periodic Table of the Elements (PDF)

Fundamental Physical Constants (PDF)

This list of constants is the "Frequently Used Constants" collection from the U.S. National Institutes of Standards and Technology (NIST) website Fundamental Physical Constants. This resource contains additional constants in many categories if you're looking for something not contained in the above PDF.

Suggested Textbooks

To search for these books in libraries near you, consult this WorldCat list of 3.091 OCW Scholar Textbooks.

If you are unable to obtain some of these books, Professor Sadoway suggests using any good college-level introductions to general chemistry, materials science, organic chemistry, and biochemistry instead. In each session's reading assignment, summaries of the topics covered should help you find the relevant sections in alternate texts.

Key

The bracketed abbreviations preceding each citation will be used throughout this site to refer to each textbook.

Primary Text

[A&E] = Averill, B., and P. Eldredge. Chemistry: Principles, Patterns, and Applications. v1.0. Flat World Knowledge, 2011.

Alternatively, you may find a used or library copy of the Pearson Education edition from 2007, now out of print.

  • Buy at Amazon Averill, B., and P. Eldredge. Chemistry: Principles, Patterns, and Applications. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson, 2007. ISBN: 9780805337990. [Companion website]

Supplemental Chapters in Other Texts

Buy at Amazon [RH] = Horton, R. H., et al. Principles of Biochemistry. 4th edition. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson, 2006. ISBN: 9780131453067.

  • Chapter 3, "Amino Acids and the Primary Structures of Proteins."

Buy at Amazon [PB-EOC] = Bruice, P. Y. Essential Organic Chemistry. 1st edition. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson, 2006. ISBN: 9780131498587. [Companion website for 2nd edition]

  • Chapter 17, "Amino Acids, Peptides, and Proteins."
  • Chapter 20, "Lipids."
  • Chapter 21, "Nucleosides, Nucleotides, and Nucleic Acids."

Buy at Amazon [PB-OC] = Bruice, P. Y. Organic Chemistry. 5th edition. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson, 2007. ISBN: 9780131963160.

  • Chapter 28, "Synthetic Polymers."

Buy at Amazon [JS] = Shackelford, J. Introduction to Materials Science for Engineers. 6th edition. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson, 2004. ISBN: 9780131424869.

  • Chapter 3, "Crystalline Structure"
  • Chapter 4, "Crystal Defects."
  • Chapter 5, "Diffusion."
  • Chapter 9, "Phase Diagrams."
  • Chapter 12, "Ceramics and Glasses."
  • Chapter 13, "Polymers."

Buy at Amazon [C&S] = Cullity, B. D., and S. R. Stock. Elements of X-Ray Diffraction. 3rd edition. Upper Saddle River NJ: Pearson, 2001. ISBN: 9780201610918.

  • Chapter 1, "Properties of X-Rays."

 

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