What textbooks or review material would you recommend to study with for a major in Chemistry?

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Jun 4, 2017

For other people who are studying for this kind of thing...

Here are the books/resources I was using for my education:

General Chemistry - Principles of Chemistry: A Molecular Approach (Tro)

In general I think it has PLENTY of practice problems. (If I remember correctly, I saw more than 100 problems in the back of one of more than one of the chapters!)

Organic Chemistry - Organic Chemistry (Bruice)

I really love the practice problems in this book, and the mechanisms tend to be clear. :)

Physical Chemistry - Physical Chemistry: A Molecular Approach (McQuarrie)

My main beef with this is that the "Viva Student Edition" is missing several chapters, so do not get that one! Also, it will definitely reference past chapters and past important problems (like example 2-4!), so I recommend getting the physical copy to make it easier to flip back and forth.

Analytical Chemistry - Principles of Instrumental Analysis, 6th ed. (Holler, Skoog, and Crouch)

Do NOT get the international edition unless you don't mind a few missing figures. Analytical chemistry wasn't really my strong suit, but my professor had a field day making a bunch of worksheets based off of the book since he lost his voice for a few weeks.

Biochemistry - Principles of Biochemistry: Life at the Molecular Level (Voet, Voet, and Pratt)

Maybe a little dense when it comes to paragraph spacing, but I thought it was clear.

Group Theory - https://www.dropbox.com/s/trsdc9crsrb5sqd/symmetry-groups.pdf?dl=0

This is something that will definitely show up, and would be good to know. It's its own beast, so I decided to provide some notes from my professor on it.

ACS final review packet for Physical Chemistry 2

The official ACS review packet for Physical Chemistry 2. My professor scanned this for me a few days before the exam---that helped me get an 85% on it! (which bumped my grade in the class to an #A^(-)#!)

Physical Chemistry 1 review sheet

Something I compiled to review for my Physical Chemistry 2 final.

Inorganic Chemistry by Miessler et al.

By far my favorite chemistry textbook to date. Modern, up to date, and quite clear in my opinion.