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  • Hardcover + Digital Product License Key Folder
  • Bookstore's Wholesale Price: $135.00
  • Forthcoming: June 2017
  • ISBN: 978-0-393-61404-6
  • 1256 pages
  • Territory Rights: Worldwide
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The Science in Context

Fifth Edition

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


A text and media package that helps students develop their molecular-visualization skills as a key part of becoming expert problem solvers.

The Fifth Edition's new coauthor Stacey Lowery Bretz, uses visualization tools—based on Chemistry Education Research and focused on the particulate nature of matter—to help students self assess what they know before, during, and after each chapter. Smartwork5 allows instructors to use this pedagogy as a diagnostic, and students receive hints and answer-specific feedback within the system. New ChemTour animations further support visualization at a molecular level and are integrated throughout the media package.


New and unique molecular-visualization pedagogy

New coauthor Stacey Lowery Bretz brings innovative molecular-visualization pedagogy to the text and media. At the beginning of each chapter, Bretz has created a new Particulate Review—a diagnostic about important prior knowledge to interpret particulate images—and Particulate Preview—a short series of questions on a particulate image—that ask students to extend their knowledge about upcoming material in the chapter. At the end of each chapter a new Visual Problem Matrix has been added to the Visual Problems.  

Innovative media supports problem solving and visual learning

Smartwork5 offers instructors a sophisticated, user-friendly platform that ties directly to the text's new visualization pedagogy, including extensive answer-specific feedback and hints. More than 200 new questions are designed to support the new visualization pedagogy in the text, and 150 tutorial problems offer step-by-step assistance by breaking down problems into manageable parts. The Fifth Edition features improved ChemTours. Ninety-five tutorial animations have been updated to support lecture, lab, and independent student learning.  

COAST: a consistently applied, easy-to-remember problem-solving strategy

Chemistry provides an effective and memorable problem-solving model consistently throughout the book, ancillaries, and homework system. Using the acronym COAST (Collect and Organize, Analyze, Solve, and Think about it), Chemistry's problem-solving model is introduced in the first chapter and applied in every Sample Exercise, Smartwork5 feedback, and every problem in the solutions manual. In the Fifth Edition, simpler Sample Exercises have combined Collect, Organize, and Analyze into one step.

Distinct end-of-chapter problem-solving summaries

The Problem-Solving Summary provides a quick reference that includes type of problem, concepts and equations to use, and references to Sample Exercises that model the approach. Students who use the text mostly for problem-solving help can use the Problem Solving Summaries as a guide to the types of problems covered in each chapter.

    1. Particles of Matter: Measurement and the Tools of Science
    2. Atoms, Ions, and Molecules: Matter Starts Here
    3. Stoichiometry: Mass, Formulas, and Reactions
    4. Reactions in Solution: On Earth and in Our Bodies
    5. Thermochemistry: Energy Changes in Reactions
    6. Properties of Gases: The Air We Breathe
    7. A Quantum Model of Atoms: Waves, Particles, and Periodic Properties
    8. Chemical Bonds: What Makes a Gas a Greenhouse Gas?
    9. Molecular Geometry: Shape Determines Function
    10. Intermolecular Forces: The Uniqueness of Water
    11. Solutions: Properties and Behavior
    12. Solids: Crystals, Alloys, and Polymers
    13. Chemical Kinetics: Reactions in the Atmosphere
    14. Chemical Equilibrium: How Much Product Does a Reaction Really Make?
    15. Acid–Base Equilibria: Proton Transfer in Biological Systems
    16. Additional Aqueous Equilibria: Chemistry and the Oceans
    17. Thermodynamics: Spontaneous and Nonspontaneous Reactions and Processes
    18. Electrochemistry: The Quest for Clean Energy
    19. Nuclear Chemistry: Applications to Energy and Medicine
    20. Organic and Biological Molecules: The Compounds of Life
    21. The Main Group Elements: Life and the Periodic Table
    22. Transition Metals: Biological and Medical Applications