This text stands far apart from other general chemistry texts, in that it covers every aspect of the fundamental concepts needed to move onto upper division chemistry courses. I used this text in my junior year of high school, and I'm currently following in my senior year of high school with Alberty and Silbey's "Physical Chemistry," which is the popular (but difficult) p-chem text. Zumdahl's text is great for chemistry majors or students who wish to have a strong general chemistry background. The text offers easy, moderate, and challenging problems so that students can learn effectively and efficiently. The student solutions manual only contains the odd problems, which is good because it forces students to work the even problems without having the answers to peek at. I particularly enjoyed the chapters on kinetics, equilibrium, thermodynamics, gases, and electrochemistry.
Students who have negative biases about chemistry usually don't like this book. AP students who are serious about chemistry will enjoy this text for it contains everything you need to know for the AP exam.
Students who plan on taking chemistry at college will find that this text will allow the transition into advanced inorganic and physical chemistry to be smooth, yet challenging. - Amazon's customer review