CLUE: Chemistry, Life, the Universe and Everything


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CLUE: Chemistry, Life, the Universe, and Everything, Is a  textbook written by Melanie M. Cooper

About the Book

This text is intended to provide an in-depth introduction to the key ideas in chemistry. We have designed the book to show how these ideas are developed from simple to complex systems and how they relate to each other. We consider three ideas central to an understanding of chemistry: the structure of matter, the properties of matter, and the energy changes involved in the reorganization of matter; all are connected by the interactions or forces that cause matter to interact. We aim to provide compelling reasons why you will find yourself wanting to learn chemistry and to illustrate what you will be able to do with this knowledge once you have learned it.

About the Contributors


Melanie M. Cooper is a professor in the Chemistry department at Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI

Michael W. Klymkowsky, PhD is a biology professor at University of Colorado. Over the past few decades, his interests have evolved from membrane-enveloped bacterial viruses, through acetylcholine receptor structure and synaptic assembly, to the organization and function of the cytoskeleton, specifically intermediate filaments and the role of adhesion proteins in the regulation of gene expression.

Table of Contents

  • 1. Atoms
  • 2. Electrons and Orbitals
  • 3. Elements, Bonding, and Physical Properties
  • 4. Heterogeneous Compounds
  • 5. Systems Thinking
  • 6. Solutions
  • 7. A Field Guide to Chemical Reactions
  • 8. How Far? How Fast?
  • 9. Reaction Systems

Additional information


Melanie M. Cooper, East Lansing, MI

Michael W. Klymkowsky, Boulder, CO

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