Author: John Leyba

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"Some Helpful Problem-Solving Tools for First-Year Chemistry Students" is an extensive collection of useful explanations, tips, tools, tables and numerous worked examples specifically tailored to first-year college chemistry students. In addition, the book introduces a powerful general problem-solving methodology that is effective for both chemistry and physics word problems.

This book is a “must have” for those students who need a little extra help in solving typical problems seen in general chemistry courses. Topics covered include the proper use of a calculator, constructing and using conversion factors, the SI prefixes, balancing chemical equations including redox equations, solving multiple types of stoichiometry problems, limiting reactant, actual yield, theoretical yield, percent yield, quantum mechanics including quantum numbers, thermodynamics, and a unique, general approach to chemistry problem solving. In addition, the book includes an extensive listing of equations and formulas typically seen in first-year chemistry courses. This book is the result of countless one-on-one and small-group problem-solving sessions held by the author throughout his career with students of various ages and backgrounds.

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John Leyba


Dr. John Leyba is a Professor of Chemistry and Department Head of the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry at the University of North Georgia. He earned his B.S. in Chemistry from Truman State University (previously known as Northeast Missouri State University) in 1986. In 1990, he received his Ph.D. in Nuclear Chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley.

Prior to his tenure at the University of North Georgia, Dr. Leyba taught at Newman University in Wichita, KS for twelve years where he held the titles of Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, and Professor of Chemistry. In addition, he served as the Chair of the Division of Science and Mathematics at Newman. Prior to his time at Newman, Dr. Leyba worked for Canberra Industries in Denver, CO, Rust Federal Services in Anderson, SC, and Westinghouse Savannah River Company in Aiken, SC.

Throughout his 25-year career, he has received over 20 academic awards and honors and he has authored more than 70 books, lab manuals, book chapters, peer-reviewed publications, technical reports, and presentations. Dr. Leyba actively conducts research involving rapid dissolution techniques that utilize green reagents.

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