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The Science in Context


COAST: an effective, easy-to-remember problem-solving strategy is consistently used throughout the text and extended to all elements of the learning package.

Using the acronym COAST (Collect and Organize, Analyze, Solve, and Think about it) the authors consistently apply this step-by-step problem-solving methodology throughout the text, solutions manuals, and within the SmartWork online tutorial and homework management system. This consistent use of pedagogy helps students develop better problem solving habits.

A general chemistry book written to place the chemistry in context.

Every chapter in Chemistry, Second Edition, has been written around an environmental, biological, cosmological, or geological theme or context. This contextual approach makes concepts relevant to students and helps them connect concepts from chapter to chapter.

The quality and quantity of problems instructors need.

Each chapter includes new Visual Problems that ask students to interpret molecular scenes; qualitative Concept Review questions; Paired Problems that ask students to use both qualitative and quantitative skills; new contextual Problems that stem from real-world contexts; and, comprehensive, Additional Problems that require multiple steps and encompass concepts from several sections or chapters.

SmartWork online tutorial and homework system further develops problem-solving skills.

SmartWork's answer-specific feedback and hinting uses COAST to reinforce a consistent problem-solving strategy as students do their homework. An integrated ebook provides one-click access for convenient study and review.

In chapter Concept Tests reinforce conceptual understanding.

While reading, students are prompted to stop and answer a conceptual question to confirm they understand the material before moving on. "Clicker" questions provide additional opportunities to reinforce conceptual knowledge in the classroom.

Animated and interactive ChemTours provide additional review of core concepts.

Approximately 100 thorough and carefully developed tutorials, called ChemTours, demonstrate dynamic processes and help students to visualize at a molecular level. Questions at the end of each tutorial guide students through step-by-step problem-solving exercises and offer useful feedback.

Designed to reinforce conceptual understanding, these thorough and carefully developed tutorials demonstrate dynamic processes and help students visualize at the molecular level. In many cases, students can manipulate variables and observe the resulting changes to a system. Questions at the end of tutorials guide students through step-by-step problem-solving exercises and offer useful feedback. Students have access to a scientific calculator and interactive periodic table within each tutorial. Key equations and definitions are just a few clicks away. ChemTours are freely available on the StudySpace student website  and are also integrated within SmartWork. Offline versions are also available for use in lecture.