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  • Paperback + Digital Product License Key Folder
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  • June 2017
  • ISBN: 978-0-393-61436-7
  • 544 pages
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      Chapter 1 – Numbers in Scientific Calculations

      Chapter 2 – The Metric System

      Chapter 3 – Atoms—and Significant Figures

      Chapter 4 – Conversion Factors

      Chapter 5 – Word Problems

      Chapter 6 - Atoms, Ions, and Periodicity

      Chapter 7 - Writing Names and Formulas

      Chapter 8 - Moles and Balancing Equations

      Chapter 9 - Stoichiometry

      Chapter 10 - Molarity

      Chapter 11 - Dimensions

      Chapter 12 - Concentration Calculations

      Chapter 13 - Ionic Equations and Precipitates

      Chapter 14 – Acid–Base Neutralization

      Chapter 15 - Redox Reactions

      Chapter 16 - Gas Laws I: Solving Equations

      Chapter 17 - Gas Laws II: Choosing Equations

      Chapter 18 - Phases and Energy

      Chapter 19 - Bonding

      Chapter 20 - Introduction to Equilibrium

      Chapter 21 - Equilibrium Calculations

      Chapter 22 – Acid–Base Fundamentals

      Chapter 23 - pH and Weak Acids

      Chapter 24 – Nuclear Chemistry