Steve and Susan Zumdahl's books focus on helping readers build critical thinking skills through the process of becoming independent problem-solvers. Their philosophy is to help readers learn to "think like a chemists" so they can apply the process of problem solving to all aspects of their lives. In CHEMISTRY: AN ATOMS FIRST APPROACH, the Zumdahls use a meaningful approach that begins with the atom and proceeds through the concept of molecules, structure, and bonding, to more complex materials and their properties. This approach encourages readers to focus on conceptual learning early in the course, rather than relying on memorization and a "plug and chug" method of problem solving that even the best learners can fall back on when confronted with familiar material. The Atoms First organization provides an opportunity for readers to use the tools of critical thinkers: to ask questions, to apply rules and models and to evaluate outcomes.
Steven S. Zumdahl is Professor Emeritus at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), U.S.A, and has received numerous awards for his Chemistry teaching including: the National Catalyst Award for Excellence in Chemical Education and the School of Chemical Sciences Teaching award.
Susan A. Zumdahl is now retired from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, U.S.A, where she taught for many years and prior to that she was Director of an Institute for Chemical Education (ICE) field center in Southern California.
Review Chapter: Measurement and Calculations in Chemistry. 1. Chemical Foundations. 2. Atomic Structure and Periodicity. 3. Atoms to Molecules. 4. Bonding: General Concepts. 5. Molecular Structure and Orbitals. 6. Chemical Energy. 7. Gases. 8. Liquids and Solids. 9. Stoichiometry. 10. Types of Chemical Reactions and Solution Stoichiometry. 11. Properties of Solutions. 12. Chemical Kinetics. 13. Chemical Equilibrium. 14. Acids and Bases. 15. Acid-Base Equilibria. 16. Solubility and Complex Ion Equilibria. 17. Spontaneity, Entropy, and Free Energy. 18. Electrochemistry. 19. The Nucleus: A Chemist's View. 20. The Representative Elements. 21. Transition Metals and coordination Chemistry. 22. Organic and Biological Molecules. Appendix 1: SI Units and Conversion Factors. Appendix 2: Mathematical Procedures. Appendix 3: The Quantitative Kinetic Molecular Model Appendix 4: Spectral Analysis Appendix 5: Selected Thermodynamic Data Appendix 6: Equilibrium Constants and Reduction Potentials