CHEMISTRY allows the reader to learn chemistry basics quickly and easily by emphasizing a thoughtful approach built on problem solving. For the Eighth Edition, authors Steven and Susan Zumdahl have extended this approach by emphasizing problem-solving strategies within the Examples and throughout the text narrative. CHEMISTRY speaks directly to the reader about how to approach and solve chemical problems—to learn to think like a chemist—so that they can apply the process of problem-solving to all aspects of their lives.
Steve Zumdahl is the author of market-leading textbooks in introductory chemistry, general chemistry, honors-level chemistry, and high school chemistry. Recently retired from his long-time position as Director of Undergraduate Programs at the University of Illinois, he has received numerous awards for his contributions to chemical education. These include the National Catalyst Award in recognition of his contribution to chemical education, the University of Illinois Teaching Award, the UIUC Liberal Arts and Sciences Advising Award, and the School of Chemical Sciences Teaching Award (five times). He earned his B.S. in Chemistry from Wheaton College (IL), and his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois.
Susan A. Zumdahl earned a B.S. and M.A. in Chemistry at California State University—Fullerton. She has taught science and mathematics at all levels, including middle school, high school, community college, and university. She is past director of the Merit Program for Emerging Scholars in Chemistry at the University of Illinois. In addition, she spearheaded the development of a sophisticated web-based electronic homework system for chemistry and is co-author on several chemistry textbooks.
Chemistry: An Overview. The Scientific Method. Units of Measurement. Uncertainty in Measurement. Significant Figures and Calculations. Dimensional Analysis. Temperature. Density. Classification of Matter. Part II: ATOMS, MOLECULES, AND IONS. The Early History of Chemistry. Fundamental Chemical Laws. Dalton's Atomic Theory. Early Experiments to Characterize the Atom. The Modern View of Atomic Structure: An Introduction. Molecules and Ions. An Introduction to the Periodic Table. Naming Simple Compounds. Part III: STOICHIOMETRY. Counting by Weighing. Atomic Masses. The Mole. Molar Mass. Learning to Solve Problems. Percent Composition of Compounds. Determining the Formula of a Compound. Chemical Equations. Balancing Chemical Equations. Stoichiometric Calculations: Amounts of Reactants and Products. The Concept of Limiting Reagent. Part IV: TYPES OF CHEMICAL REACTIONS AND SOLUTION STOICHIOMETRY. Water, the Common Solvent. The Nature of Aqueous Solutions: Strong and Weak Electrolytes. The Composition of Solutions. Types of Chemical Reactions. Precipitation Reactions. Describing Reactions in Solution. Stoichiometry of Precipitation Reactions. Acid-Base Reactions. Oxidation-Reduction Reactions 1.Balancing Oxidation-Reduction Equations. Part V: GASES. Pressure. The Gas Laws of Boyle, Charles, and Avogadro. The Ideal Gas Law. Gas Stoichiometry. Dalton's Law of Partial Pressures. The Kinetic Molecular Theory of Gases. Effusion and Diffusion. Real Gases. Characteristics of Several Real Gases. Chemistry in the Atmosphere. Part VI: THERMOCHEMISTRY. The Nature of Energy. Enthalpy and Calorimetry. Hess's Law. Standard Enthalpies of Formation. Present Sources of Energy. New Energy Sources. Part VII: ATOMIC STRUCTURE AND PERIODICITY. Electromagnetic Radiation. The Nature of Matter. The Atomic Spectrum of Hydrogen. The Quantum Mechanical Model of the Atom. Quantum Numbers. Orbital Shapes and Energies. Electron Spin and the Pauli Principle. Polyelectronic Atoms. The History of the Periodic Table. The Aufbau Principle and the Periodic Table. Periodic Trends in Atomic Properties. The Properties of a Group: The Alkali Metals. Part VIII: BONDING: GENERAL CONCEPTS. Types of Chemical Bonds. Electronegativity. Bond Polarity and Dipole Moments. Ions: Electron Configurations and Sizes. Energy Effects in Binary Ionic Compounds. Partial Ionic Character of Covalent Bonds. The Covalent Chemical Bond: A Model. Covalent Bond Energies and Chemical Reactions. The Localized Electron Bonding Model. Lewis Structures. Exceptions to the Octet Rule. Resonance. Molecular Structure: The VESPR Model. Part IX: COVALENT BONDING: ORBITALS. Hybridization and the Localized Electron Model. The Molecular Orbital Model. Bonding in Homonuclear Diatomic Molecules. Bonding in Heteronuclear Diatomic Molecules. Combining the Localized Electron and Molecular Orbital Models 4. Part X: LIQUIDS AND SOLIDS. Intermolecular Forces. The Liquid State. An Introduction to Structures and Types of Solids. Structure and Bonding in Metals. Carbon and Silicon: Network Atomic Solids Circuits.Molecular Solids. Ionic Solids. Part XI: PROPERTIES OF SOLUTIONS. Solution Composition. The Energies of Solution Formation. Factors Affecting Solubility. The Vapor Pressures of Solutions. Boiling-Point Elevation and Freezing-Point Depression. Osmotic Pressure. Colligative Properties of Electrolyte Solutions. Part XII: CHEMICAL KINETICS. Reaction Rates. Rate Laws: An Introduction. Determining the Form of the Rate Law. The Integrated Rate Law. Reaction Mechanisms. A Model for Chemical Kinetics. Catalysis. Part XIII: CHEMICAL EQUILIBRIUM. The Equilibrium Condition. The Equilibrium Constant. Equilibrium Expressions Involving Pressures. Heterogeneous Equilibria. Applications of the Equilibrium Constant. Solving Equilibrium Problems.Le Châtelier's Principle. Part XIV: ACIDS AND BASES. The Nature of Acids and Bases. Acid Strength. The pH Scale. Calculating the pH of Strong Acid Solutions. Calculating the pH of Weak Acid Solutions. Bases. Polyprotic Acids. Acid-Base Properties of Salts. The Effect of Structure on Acid-Base Properties. Acid-Base Properties of Oxides. The Lewis Acid-Base Model. Strategy for Solving Acid-Base Problems: A Summary. Part XV: ACID-BASE EQUILIBRIA. Solutions of Acids or Bases Containing a Common Ion. Buffered Solutions. Buffering Capacity. Titrations and pH Curves. Acid-Base Indicators. Part XVI: SOLUBILITY AND COMPLEX ION EQUILIBRIA. Solubility Equilibria and the Solubility Product. Precipitation and Qualitative Analysis. Equilibria Involving Complex Ions. Part XVII: SPONTANEITY, ENTROPY, AND FREE ENERGY. Spontaneous Processes and Entropy. Entropy and the Second Law of Thermodynamics. The Effect of Temperature on Spontaneity. Free Energy. Entropy Changes in Chemical Reactions. Free Energy and Chemical Reactions. The Dependence of Free Energy on Pressure. Free Energy and Equilibrium. Free Energy and Work. Part XVIII: ELECTROCHEMISTRY. Balancing Oxidation-Reduction Equations. Galvanic Cells. Standard Reduction Potentials. Cell Potential, Electrical Work, and Free Energy. Dependence of Cell Potential on Concentration. Batteries. Corrosion. Electrolysis. Commercial Electrolytic Processes. Part XIX: THE NUCLEUS: A CHEMIST'S VIEW. Nuclear Stability and Radioactive Decay. The Kinetics of Radioactive Decay. Nuclear Transformations. Detection and Uses of Radioactivity. Thermodynamic Stability of the Nucleus. Nuclear Fission and Nuclear Fusion. Effects of Radiation. Part XX: THE REPRESENTATIVE ELEMENTS. A Survey of the Representative Elements. The Group 1A Elements. The Chemistry of Hydrogen. The Group 2A Elements. The Group 3A Elements. The Group 4A Elements. The Group 5A Elements. The Chemistry of Nitrogen. The Chemistry of Phosphorus. The Group 6A Elements. The Chemistry of Oxygen. The Chemistry of Sulfur. The Group 7A Elements. The Group 8A Elements. Part XXI: TRANSITION METALS AND COORDINATION CHEMISTRY. The Transition Metals: A Survey. The First-Row Transition Metals. Coordination Compounds. Isomerism. Bonding in Complex Ions: The Localized Electron Model. The Crystal Field Model. The Biologic Importance of Coordination Complexes 982. Metallurgy and Iron and Steel Production. Part XXII: ORGANIC AND BIOLOGICAL MOLECULES. Alkanes: Saturated Hydrocarbons. Alkenes and Alkynes. Aromatic Hydrocarbons. Hydrocarbon Derivatives. Polymers. Natural Polymers. Appendix 1: MATHEMATICAL PROCEDURES. Exponential Notation. Logarithms. Graphing Functions. Solving Quadratic Equations. Uncertainties in Measurements. Appendix 2: THE QUANTITATIVE KINETIC MOLECULAR MODEL. Appendix 3: SPECTRAL ANALYSIS. Appendix 4: SELECTED THERMODYNAMIC DATA. Appendix 5: EQUILIBRIUM CONSTANTS AND REDUCTION POTENTIALS. Values of Ka for Some Common Monoprotic Acids. Stepwise Dissociation Constants for Several Common Polyprotic Acids. Values of Kb for Some Common Weak Bases. Ksp Values at 25_C for Common Ionic Solids. Standard Reduction Potentials at 25_C (298K) for Many Common Half-Reactions. Appendix 6: UNITS AND CONVERSION. Factors. Glossary. Photo Credits. Answers to Selected Exercises. Index.
This textbook nearly forced me to give up completely on learning anything about chemistry. I'm not quite sure what the word I'm looking for is concerning the organization but, "wrong", is a good start. There is way too much flowery language, and not enough, if any, clear explanations. You'll find yourself re-reading every paragraph several times, just to try to make sense out of it. It skips a ton of basic, and necessary, information and jumps right into complex explanations; keeping in mind that this book is designed for General Chemistry, basically, 101 and 102 classes, that's a bad thing. About the only good part of the book are that the review problems are a good practice for exam questions; other than that, this textbook is only useful as a paperweight or massive fly swatter. If you have a class that requires this text, make sure you get a decent professor, or a good tutor.
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