General Chemistry for Colleges was written by Alexander Smith, Professor of Chemistry and Head of the Department at Columbia University. It was published in New York in 1916.
As the Author states in his preface:
The present work differs from the Author’s “Introduction to General Inorganic Chemistry” in being intended for pupils who can devote less time to the study of the science, and whose needs can be satisfied by a less extensive course. It resembles the larger work in the arrangement of the contents and in the general method of treatment.
The matter, and particularly the theoretical matter, however, has been simplified and has been confined strictly to the most fundamental topics. Such parts of the theory as are thus given, are presented with the same fullness as before, and are illustrated and applied with all the persistence needed to insure full apprehension and, ultimately, spontaneous employment by the student. Such parts as could not be treated in this way, within the limits set by the plan of the book, have been omitted.
Methods materially different from those used in the “Introduction” have been employed in presenting many topics. Conspicuous differences of this kind will be noted particularly in the treatment of combining proportions, formulae and equations, molecular and atomic weights, chemical equilibrium, ionic substances and their interactions, and the theory of precipitation.
The writer desires to express his profound gratitude to the many chemists who have made valuable criticisms and suggestions/ Most of these comments applied to the “Introduction to General Inorganic Chemistry,” but many of them have been used in preparing this work (General Chemistry for Colleges), and all will be considered in the second edition of the larger book.
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