If you’re an AP Chem student and you’re not using any of these textbooks, be sure to give them a try. Find the one that’s right for you - or use a combination if that works best! Many of them (such as Zumdahl’s) can be downloaded so you don’t even have to spend your hard-earned money. The exam is less than five months away, good luck!

5. Chang, Raymond, and Kenneth Goldsby. Chemistry, AP Edition. McGraw-Hill.

Reviews: “I find this book very well written and easy to understand. The questions for every chapter are quite helpful.” -iReview

“This chemistry textbook is superior because it explains not only chemistry concepts but detailed steps of the math you need to know. The examples and problems are not only designed to teach the math but to educate you about chemistry by experience, i.e., the different elements and compounds and their properties. This chemistry book was written to perform a service, with the student in the forefront of the writer's mind.” - Tina R. Mahler

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4. Oxtoby, David, H. Pat Gillis, and Alan Campion. Principles of Modern Chemistry. Cengage Learning.

Reviews: “I think Oxtoby's Principles of Modern Chemistry is the better general chemistry textbook, although it has much more rigorous quantitative elements than the AP Chemistry exam demands.” -vanimelde

“This book is good as it is very detailed about how each chemical equation is derived, however it is from more of a physics perspective so if you’re not big on formulas or numbers this is not the book for you.” - dianela

“Oxtoby teaches chemistry at a higher level than Chang or Brown; so if you aspire to be a better chemist, you should go through Oxtoby.” - SeekingTraveler


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3. Atkins, Peter, Loretta Jones and Leroy Laverman. Chemical Principles: The Quest for Insight. W. H. Freeman and Company


Reviews:This book has great explanations and work problems, and a perfect introduction to inorganic chemistry. The material is detailed yet described thoroughly using simple language.” -Zi-Ning Choo

“The overall lay-out Of Chemical Principles was clear, easy to follow and comprehend. There were a lot of example problems in the text and some answers to the odd problem assignments at the end of each chapter.” - Joyce Rivera

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2. Brown, Theodore E., et al. Chemistry: The Central Science. Pearson Education, Inc.

Reviews: “I use Brown's 'Chemistry: The Central Science' and it worked wonders” - Anton


“I've read a couple of chemistry textbooks: Chang, Oxtoby and this one (Brown), and Brown is my favorite. This book has nice pictures and is easy to read and understand. Can be used anywhere from high school to first-year undergraduate level.” - Thomas

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1. Zumdahl, Steven, and Susan Zumdahl. Chemistry. Cengage Learning.

Reviews: “It is fantastic and thorough.” - Pseble


“In AP Chem, the first textbook the class used was very convoluted and confusing, and did not have nearly as many diagrams. Halfway through, we started using this text and it made everything so much easier and clearer, especially the acid/base equilibrium chemistry.” - Yuki


“Zumdahl all the way.” - Emily556


“I would have to say Zumdahl's is the most appropriate for AP Chemistry. Zumdahl’s is good because it explains everything VERY clearly and has good problems.” - josesuk

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