It can be read in any encyclopaedia:
"Chemistry is the science of the substances and their transformations."
The non-initiate shudders upon hearing this, nowadays even reacts with
rejection. At school
chemistry is almost bottom in the rankings of the favourite subjects,
it is considered being difficult and unfathomable.
What is the reason that pupils of secondary schools feel that chemistry is a subject of horror?
What are the reasons for students of mechanical engineering, electrical
engineering or civil engineering possibly failing the subject chemistry?
This question has accompanied the authors during almost thirty years
of teaching in industry and universities as well as pupils in
secondary state schools.
This book sequence is made for everyone who, coming from the
macroscopic know ledge of many substances, would like to enter the
modern microscopic chemistry or who want to "cross enter" from other
A cross entry therefore is possible into any volume of
this sequence, because the structure of the materials treated can
be reproduced and therefore be "understood".
This concept has been primarily developed for students of technical vocations:
mechanical engineers, civil engineers, electrical engineers,
public utility engineers. It also is supposed to appeal to
interested and motivated pupils and anyone who is interested in
chemistry as a minor subject. We further hope, that many teachers,
who want to optimise the success of teaching their subject, can take
any useful stimuli from this sequence of books.