Chemistry Textbooks

Textbooks.  The textbooks shown below are used for chemistry courses in the HCC system.  Occasionally a different textbook is "piloted" in some classes, so it is always a good idea to check your instructor's course syllabus (provided on the HCC Learning Web, https://learning.hccs.edu) before purchasing your textbook.

Lab Manuals.  CHEM 1411 & 1412 have separate lab manuals published by Bluedoor available at HCC bookstores.  The CHEM 1105 lab manual for Intro Chem is available online at bluedoorlabs.com.  Organic lab manuals (CHEM 2423 & 2425) are provided either as a custom-published lab manual (by Bell, et. al. from HCC bookstores) or as handouts provided by your instructor.  Be sure to check with your instructor before purchasing a lab manual for CHEM 2423 & 2425.  Classes at different HCC locations presently may be using different experiments (suitable for their facilities) so you should verify which manual or online experiments are specified in the syllabus or by the instructor before buying.

eBooks.  Electronic versions of textbooks are now available from several sources.  Textbooks can be rented in electronic form from VitalSource, generally for a 180 day period.  Earlier editions are available from Amazon for purchase or rent.

Online Tutorial & Homework Systems.  Your textbook or eBook is usually provided with or is available optionally with online assessment and homework platforms.  These are MasteringChemistry for CHEM 1305 and CHEM 1411 & 1412, and OWL2 for CHEM 2423 & 2425.  These accounts are active for one to two years, and a passcode is packaged with the print version of new textbooks purchased at HCC bookstores.  Check with your instructor about these supplements for your class.

Study Guides.  Study guides to accompany the textbook are available at HCC bookstores and in some cases in eBook format.  These are optional supplements which provide chapter summaries, practice quizzes, and worked-out solutions to the end-of-chapter problems.

CHEM 1305: Introductory Chemistry - Concepts and Critical Thinking
  • CHEM 1305: Introductory Chemistry - Concepts and Critical Thinking
  • by Charles H. Corwin
  • Customized HCC paperback edition for CHEM 1305 - Introductory Chemistry I. NOTE: New custom versions of the textbook sold at HCC bookstores are packaged with a passcode for MasteringChemistry, an online practice and homework system. Be sure to check with your instructor about this useful supplement.

CHEM 1411: Chemistry, The Central Science, Volume I
  • CHEM 1411: Chemistry, The Central Science, Volume I
  • by Brown, Lemay et al.
  • Customized HCC paperback edition for CHEM 1411 - General Chemistry I. NOTE: New custom versions of the textbook sold at HCC bookstores are packaged with a passcode for Mastering Chemistry, an online tutorial and homework platform. Be sure to check with your instructor about this useful supplement.

CHEM 1412: Chemistry, The Central Science, Volume II
  • CHEM 1412: Chemistry, The Central Science, Volume II
  • by Brown, Lemay et al.
  • Customized HCC paperback edition for CHEM 1412 - General Chemistry II. NOTE: New custom versions of the textbook sold at HCC bookstores are packaged with a passcode for Mastering Chemistry, an online tutorial and homework platform. Be sure to check with your instructor about this useful supplement.

CHEM 1411: General Chemistry I Laboratory Manual

CHEM 1412: General Chemistry II Laboratory Manual

CHEM 1413: College Chemistry - Concepts and Critical Thinking
  • CHEM 1413: College Chemistry - Concepts and Critical Thinking
  • by Charles H. Corwin
  • Customized HCC edition for CHEM 1413 - College Chemistry I (also used for CHEM 1305 & 1405). NOTE: This book replaces the book by Karen Timberlake which was used previously for this course. The custom version sold at HCC bookstores also include a passcode for MasteringChemistry, a useful online practice and tutorial system.

CHEM 2423: Organic Chemistry Volume I
  • CHEM 2423: Organic Chemistry Volume I
  • by John E. McMurry
  • Customized HCC paperback edition for CHEM 2423 - Organic Chemistry I. A 24-month OWL V2 passcode also comes packaged with new Volume I & II versions of the McMurry textbook sold at HCC bookstores. OWL is an online tutorial and homework system that is a very useful supplement for learning organic chemistry.

CHEM 2425: Organic Chemistry Volume II
  • CHEM 2425: Organic Chemistry Volume II
  • by John E. McMurry
  • Customized HCC paperback edition for CHEM 2425 - Organic Chemistry II. A 24-month OWL V2 passcode also comes packaged with new Volume I & II versions of the McMurry textbook sold at HCC bookstores. OWL is an online tutorial and homework system that is a very useful supplement for learning organic chemistry.

CHEM 2423 & 2425: Organic Chemistry Laboratory Standard and Microscale Experiments

CHEM 2423 & 2425: OWL, eBook, and eChapters Options
  • CHEM 2423 & 2425: OWL, eBook, and eChapters Options
  • by John E. McMurry
  • You may purchase the textbook, individual chapters, and study guide with the Online Web Learning (OWL) tutorial and homework system in paper and electronic form. From the Cengage Brain Website. Browse this site carefully to compare options. Since course requirements may vary, it is recommended that you first check with your instructor about the requirements for your particular course. NOTE: A 24-month OWL passcode already comes packaged with new Volume I & II versions of the McMurry textbook sold at HCC bookstores.