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  • Paperback + Digital Product License Key Folder
  • Bookstore's Wholesale Price: $106.25
  • February 2014
  • ISBN: 978-0-393-12417-0
  • 1248 pages
  • Territory Rights: USA and Dependencies, Philippines and Canada.
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    The Science in Context

    Fourth Edition

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


    Written and designed to help all types of learners become expert problem solvers.

    All general chemistry students face similar challenges, but they use their textbook differently to meet those challenges. 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, Fourth Edition supports all kind of learners, regardless of how they use the book, by helping them connect chemistry to their world, see that world from a molecular point of view, and become expert problem solvers.


    Prepares students to be expert problem solvers

    To be successful in general chemistry, students must be able to solve problems. COAST (Collect and Organize, Analyze, Solve, and Think About it) is an easy-to-remember problem-solving strategy, which is introduced in the first chapter and used consistently throughout the book, ancillaries, and homework system. Each chapter includes one Integrating Concepts Sample Exercise—a multi-step, multi-concept Sample Exercise. These examples also use COAST to model how to solve more complex problems, training students for challenging problems on an exam, and giving them a framework to start and solve any problem. 

    A flexible tool for all types of learners

    Students use their chemistry textbook in different ways. Gilbert’s flexible learning system gives students multiple pathways to find the information they need. For students who read a chapter from beginning to end, each chapter is written in an environmental, biological, or geological context that makes the chemistry relevant and memorable. Students looking for problem solving help may start with the Problem-Solving Summary. Problem-Solving Summaries are a guide to the types of problems in the chapter, the concepts and equations needed to solve those problems, and provide a reference back to the appropriate Sample Exercise that models how to solve that type of problem.  

    Learning Outcomes

    Learning Outcomes identify what is important at the start of each chapter. Learning Outcomes and Sample Exercises are connected so students can test their problem-solving ability against the Learning Outcomes. Students looking for a chapter overview or study guide can start with the Learning Outcomes and then move to the end-of-chapter Summary, which is organized by Learning Outcome. 

    SmartWork: created by chemistry educators, for chemistry educators

    SmartWork is the most intuitive online tutorial and homework system available for chemistry. Every question is written for the Gilbert book and provides hints and answer-specific feedback—all using the COAST format. A drawing tool and an intuitive equation editor make it easy for students to input answers, and each problem links directly to the appropriate page in the ebook so students have an instant reference. SmartWork offers more than 3,000 questions—including original multistep tutorials, visual and graphing problems, ranking task problems, reaction visualization problems, and math review problems. Instructors can easily edit existing questions or create new ones, and can filter questions by learning objectives.  

    Ample opportunity for practice

    Practice Exercises, found at the end of each Sample Exercise, encourage students to practice a similar problem on their own to build confidence and assess their understanding. In the interactive eBook (free with every new copy of the text), Practice Exercises become live, algorithmically generated (where possible) SmartWork problems, giving students penalty-free practice opportunities and coaching with hints and answer-specific feedback. 

    An emphasis on assessment

    All of the questions in SmartWork are associated with learning objectives—a fine-grain version of the Learning Outcomes at the beginning of each chapter—making it easy for instructors to tailor digital content to fit their course goals.  

    Revised art program

    The Fourth Edition art program has been significantly revised. All of the molecular art has been modernized and the new edition has more molecular art, and a greater number of figures that represent a concept at the macroscopic, atomic, and symbolic levels. Figures throughout the book have been revised to be more photo-realistic. 

      Chapter 1. Matter and Energy: The Origin of the Universe
      Chapter 2. Atoms, Ions, and Compounds: Matter Starts Here
      Chapter 3. Stoichiometry: Mass, Formulas, and Reactions
      Chapter 4. Solution Chemistry: The Hydrosphere
      Chapter 5. Thermochemistry: Energy Changes in Reactions
      Chapter 6. Properties of Gases: The Air We Breathe
      Chapter 7. A Quantum Model of Atoms: Waves and Particles
      Chapter 8. Chemical Bonds: What Makes a Greenhouse Gas?
      Chapter 9. Molecular Geometry: Shape Determines Function
      Chapter 10. Intermolecular Forces: The Uniqueness of Water
      Chapter 11. Solutions: Properties and Behavior
      Chapter 12. Solids: Structures and Applications
      Chapter 13. Organic Chemistry: Fuels, Drugs, Materials, and Life
      Chapter 14. Chemical Kinetics: Reactions in the Air We Breathe
      Chapter 15. Chemical Equilibrium: How Much Product Does a Reaction Really Make?
      Chapter 16. Acid–Base and Solubility Equilibria: Reactions in Soil and Water
      Chapter 17. Metal Ions: Colorful and Essential
      Chapter 18. Thermodynamics: Spontaneous and Nonspontaneous Reactions and Processes
      Chapter 19. Electrochemistry: The Quest for Clean Energy
      Chapter 20. Biochemistry: The Compounds of Life
      Chapter 21. Nuclear Chemistry: Applications to Energy and Medicine
      Chapter 22. Life and the Periodic Table