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  • Hardcover
  • Bookstore's Wholesale Price: $125.00
  • January 2011
  • ISBN: 978-0-393-93431-1
  • 1240 pages
  • Territory Rights: Worldwide

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The Science in Context

Third Edition


Thomas R. Gilbert (Author, Northeastern University), Rein V. Kirss (Author, Northeastern University), Natalie Foster (Author, Lehigh University), Geoffrey Davies (Author, Northeastern University)


Designed to help today's students connect chemistry to their world, see that world from a molecular point of view, and become expert problem solvers.

All general chemistry students face similar challenges but they use their textbook to meet those challenges in different ways. Some read chapters from beginning to end, some consult the book as a reference, and some look to the book for problem-solving help. Chemistry: The Science in Context, Third Edition was written and designed to help every kind of student, regardless of how they use the book.


Prepares students to be better problem solvers

To be successful in general chemistry, students must be able to solve problems. Chemistry: The Science in Context, Third Edition prepares students by providing an effective and memorable problem-solving model consistently throughout the book, ancillaries, and homework system. 

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Relevant and memorable, with connections between chapters and to real life

Every chapter is written around an environmental, biological, cosmological, or geological theme or context. For example, Chapter 5 places thermochemistry in the context of different forms of fuels (food value and fuel value). In the second half of the book, Chapter 15 places kinetics in the context of pollution caused by burning carbon-based fuels in cars and the solution provided by catalytic converters. Approximately 20% of the end-of-chapter problems are contextual problems, which often use real data and help students place chemistry in real-world situations. 

The most intuitive online tutorial and homework system

SmartWork enhances Sample Exercises and end-of-chapter problems with extensive feedback and hinting informed by COAST, providing a consistent learning environment for students. SmartWork also integrates other core package elements, including animated and interactive ChemTours linked to SmartWork answer-specific hints and feedback, and page-specific links to the integrated ebook. 

Updated and revised

The Third Edition has been revised based on instructor feedback and student user response.

• Each chapter begins with Learning Outcomes to help students focus on what is most important.
• Chapter 8 has been revised to improve and clarify Lewis theory.
• Chapter 10, “Forces between Ions and Molecules and Colligative Properties,” has been split to make the material more manageable (Chapter 10, “Forces between Ions and Molecules”; Chapter 11, “Solutions and Their Colligative Properties”).
• Chapter 19, “Electrochemistry” has been revised to express cell potential as a difference between the potentials of the cathode and the anode, rather than a sum.

A learning program that supports your goals and your students

The media package for Chemistry: The Science in Context, Third Edition, was designed with the core goal of the course in mind: to help students become better problem solvers. From the more than 100 ChemTour animated lessons (now with sound) to the vast library of SmartWork problems—ALL of which include answer-specific feedback—the emedia package gives every student the opportunity to work toward becoming a better problem solver. The free and open StudySpace site provides students with access to all ChemTours, plus additional self-study resources. 

    1. 1.    Matter, Energy, and the Origins of the Universe
    2. 2.    Atoms, Ions, and Compounds
    3. 3.    Chemical Reactions and Earth’s Composition
    4. 4.    Solution Chemistry and the Hydrosphere
    5. 5.    Thermochemistry
    6. 6.    Properties of Gases: The Air We Breathe
    7. 7.    Electrons in Atoms and Periodic Properties
    8. 8.    Chemical Bonding and Climate Change
    9. 9.    Molecular Geometry and Bonding Theories
    10. 10.   Forces between Ions and Molecules
    11. 11.   Solutions and Their Colligative Properties
    12. 12.   The Chemistry of Solids
    13. 13.   Organic Chemistry: Fuels, Pharmaceuticals, and Materials
    14. 14.   Thermodynamics: Spontaneous Processes, Entropy, and Free Energy
    15. 15.   Chemical Kinetics
    16. 16.   Chemical Equilibrium
    17. 17.   Equilibrium in the Aqueous Phase
    18. 18.   The Colorful Chemistry of Transition Metals
    19. 19.   Electrochemistry and the Quest for Clean Energy
    20. 20.   Biochemistry: The Compounds of Life
    21. 21.   Nuclear Chemistry
    22. 22.   Life and the Periodic Table