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  • Hardcover + Digital Product License Key Folder
  • Bookstore's Wholesale Price: $135.00
  • June 2017
  • ISBN: 978-0-393-61405-3
  • 1256 pages
  • Territory Rights: Worldwide
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    Thomas R. Gilbert (Author, Northeastern University), Rein V. Kirss (Author, Northeastern University), Stacey Lowery Bretz (Author, Miami University), Natalie Foster (Author, Lehigh University)


    Not just Atoms-First, Atoms-Focused. An atoms-first text and media program that goes beyond a reorganization of topics, emphasizes the particulate nature of matter throughout the book, art, and problems, and helps students develop their molecular visualization skills as they learn to become expert problem-solvers.

    The Second Edition's new co-author, 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 text. New ChemTour Animations support visualization at a molecular level, and are integrated throughout the media package.


    Not just Atoms-First, Atoms-Focused

    With Chemistry: An Atoms-Focused Approach, students see the world from a particulate point of view in every chapter. By starting with the smallest particles and assembling them into more elaborate structures, students better understand how the properties of substances are directly linked to their atomic and molecular structures. The authors, who have over two decades of combined experience teaching atoms-first, have gone beyond reorganizing the topics and emphasized the particulate nature of matter in the text, art, and problems.  

    New and unique molecular visualization pedagogy

    New co-author 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. Over two hundred 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 Second Edition features new and improved ChemTour Animations. These 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 Second Edition, simpler one-step 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 that 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. Matter and Energy: An Atomic Perspective
      2. Atoms, Ions, Molecules: The Building Blocks of Matter
      3. Atomic Structure: Explaining the Properties of Elements
      4. Chemical Bonding: Understanding Climate Change
      5. Bonding Theories: Explaining Molecular Geometry
      6. Intermolecular Forces: Attractions between Particles
      7. Stoichiometry: Mass Relationships and Chemical Reactions
      8. Aqueous Solutions: Chemistry of the Hydrosphere
      9. Thermochemistry: Energy Changes in Chemical Reactions
      10. Properties of Gases: The Air We Breathe
      11. Properties of Solutions: Their Concentrations and Colligative Properties
      12. Thermodynamics: Why Chemical Reactions Happen
      13. Chemical Kinetics: Clearing the Air
      14. Chemical Equilibrium: Equal but Opposite Reaction Rates
      15. Aqueous Equilibrium I
      16. Aqueous Equilibrium II
      17. Electrochemistry: The Quest for Clean Energy
      18. The Solid State: A Particulate View
      19. Organic Chemistry: Fuels, Pharmaceuticals, and Modern Materials
      20. Biochemistry: The Compounds of Life
      21. Nuclear Chemistry: The Risks and Benefits
      22. Main Group Elements: Life and the Periodic Table
      23. Transition Metals