This work evolved over thirty combined years of teaching general chemistry to a variety of student demographics. The focus is not to recap or review the theoretical concepts well described in the available texts.Instead, the topics and descriptions in this book make available specific, detailed step-by-step methods and procedures for solving the major types of problems in general chemistry. Explanations, instructional process sequences, solved examples and completely solved practice problems are greatly expanded, containing significantly more detail than can usually be devoted to in a comprehensive text. Many chapters also provide alternative viewpoints as an aid to understanding.

Key Features:

  • The authors have included every major topic in the first semester of general chemistry and most major topics from the second semester. Each is written in a specific and detailed step-by-step process for problem solving, whether mathematical or conceptual
  • Each topic has greatly expanded examples and solved practice problems containing significantly more detail than found in comprehensive texts
  • Includes a chapter designed to eliminate confusion concerning acid/base reactions which often persists through working with acid/base equilibrium
  • Many chapters provide alternative viewpoints as an aid to understanding
  • This book addresses a very real need for a large number of incoming freshman in STEM fields
  • chapter 1|10 pages

    Unit Conversion and Density

    An Introduction to Problem- Solving Methods

    chapter 2|8 pages

    Atomic Particles, Isotopes, and Ions

    An Initial Look at Atomic Structure

    chapter 3|11 pages

    Working with Atomic Mass and Nuclear Mass

    chapter 5|19 pages

    An Introduction to Moles and Molar Mass

    chapter 7|5 pages

    Writing Chemical Equations

    chapter 9|22 pages

    Precipitation and Acid/Base Aqueous Reactions

    Concepts and Methods to Design Complete Balanced Equations

    chapter 10|10 pages

    Oxidation Numbers

    A First Look at Redox Reactions

    chapter 12|13 pages

    Light, Matter, and Spectroscopy

    chapter 14|23 pages

    Alternate Methods for Visualizing and Constructing

    Lewis Structures of Covalent Molecules

    chapter 20|18 pages

    Working with Gas Laws

    chapter 22|25 pages

    Kinetics Part 1

    Rate Laws, Rate Equations, and an Introduction to Reaction Mechanisms

    chapter 25|39 pages

    Thermodynamics Entropy and Free Energy

    chapter 26|34 pages

    Acid/Base Equilibrium, pH, and Buffers