John C. Kotz is an emeritus State University of New York Distinguished Teaching Professor at the College at Oneonta. Educated at Washington and Lee University, as well as Cornell University, he held National Institutes of Health postdoctoral appointments at the University of Manchester Institute for Science and Technology in England and at Indiana University. Professor Kotz has co-authored three textbooks in several editions - INORGANIC CHEMISTRY, CHEMISTRY & CHEMICAL REACTIVITY, and THE CHEMICAL WORLD - along with the INTERACTIVE GENERAL CHEMISTRY CD-ROM. He also has published research on inorganic chemistry and electrochemistry. He was a Fulbright Lecturer and Research Scholar in Portugal in 1979 and a visiting professor there in 1992, as well as a visiting professor at the Institute for Chemical Education (University of Wisconsin, 1991-1992) and at Auckland University in New Zealand (1999). He also was an invited speaker at a meeting of the South African Chemical Society and at the biennial conference for secondary school chemistry teachers in New Zealand. In addition, a recent tenure as a mentor of the U.S. Chemistry Olympiad Team, Professor Kotz has received numerous honors, including a State University of New York Chancellor's Award (1979), a National Catalyst Award for Excellence in Teaching (1992), the Estee Lecturership in Chemical Education at the University of South Dakota (1998), the Visiting Scientist Award from the Western Connecticut Section of the American Chemical Society (1999), and the first annual Distinguished Education Award from the Binghamton (New York) Section of the American Chemical Society (2001).
Paul M. Treichel received a B.S. degree at the University of Wisconsin in 1958 and a Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1962. After a year of postdoctoral study in London, he assumed a faculty position at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he is Helfaer Professor of Chemistry and a former department chair (1986-1995). He has held visiting faculty positions in South Africa (1975) and Japan (1995). Dr. Treichel teaches courses in general chemistry, inorganic chemistry, and scientific ethics. His research in organometallic and metal cluster chemistry and in mass spectrometry, aided by 75 graduate and undergraduate students? has led to more than 170 papers in scientific journals.
John R. Townsend, Associate Professor of Chemistry at West Chester University of Pennsylvania, completed his BA in Chemistry as well as the Approved Program for Teacher Certification in Chemistry at the University of Delaware. After a career teaching high school science and mathematics, he earned his MS and PhD in biophysical chemistry at Cornell University. At Cornell, he performed experiments in the origins of life field and received the DuPont Teaching Award. After teaching at Bloomsburg University, Dr. Townsend joined the faculty at West Chester University, where he coordinates the chemistry education program for prospective high school teachers and the general chemistry lecture program for science majors. His research interests lie in the fields of chemical education and biochemistry.
Part 1: CONCEPTS OF CHEMISTRY. 1. BASIC CONCEPTS OF CHEMISTRY. LET'S REVIEW: THE TOOLS OF QUANTITATIVE CHEMISTRY. 2. ATOMS, MOLECULES, AND IONS. 3. CHEMICAL REACTIONS. 4. STOICHIOMETRY: QUANTITATIVE INFORMATION ABOUT CHEMICAL REACTIONS. 5. PRINCIPLES OF CHEMICAL REACTIVITY: ENERGY AND CHEMICAL REACTIONS. INTERCHAPTER: THE CHEMISTRY OF FUELS AND ENERGY SOURCES. Part 2: ATOMS AND MOLECULES. 6. THE STRUCTURE OF ATOMS. 7. THE STRUCTURE OF ATOMS AND PERIODIC TRENDS. INTERCHAPTER: MILESTONES IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF CHEMISTRY AND THE MODERN VIEW OF ATOMS AND MOLECULES. 8. BONDING AND MOLECULAR STRUCTURE. 9. BONDING AND MOLECULAR STRUCTURE: ORBITAL HYBRIDIZATION AND MOLECULAR ORBITALS. 10. CARBON: MORE THAN JUST ANOTHER ELEMENT. INTERCHAPTER: THE CHEMISTRY OF LIFE: BIOCHEMISTRY. Part 3: STATES OF MATTER. 11. GASES AND THEIR PROPERTIES. Appendix A: Using Logarithms and the Quadratic Equation. Appendix B: Some Important Physical Concepts. Appendix C: Abbreviations and Useful Conversion Factors. Appendix D: Physical Constants. Appendix E: Naming Organic Compounds. Appendix F: Values for the Ionization Energies and Electron Affinities of the Elements. Appendix G: Vapor Pressure of Water at Various Temperatures. Appendix H: Ionization Constants for Weak Acids at 25ºC. Appendix I: Ionization Constants for Weak Bases at 25ºC. Appendix J: Solubility Product Constants for Some Inorganic Compounds. Appendix K: Formation Constants for Some Complex Ions in Aqueous Solution. Appendix L: Selected Thermodynamic Values. Appendix M: Standard Reduction Potentials in Aqueous Solution at 25ºC. Appendix N: Answers to Exercises. Appendix O: Answers to Selected Study Questions. Appendix P: Answers to Selected The Chemistry of… Study Questions. Appendix Q: Answers to Chapter Opening and Case Study Questions.