Conceptual Chemistry provides a fresh, insightful, and welcoming look into the concepts margin-left: chemistry at a level suitable for readers who tend to shy away from science courses. Emphasis is placed upon a conceptual understanding margin-left: our every day world from the perspective margin-left: atoms and molecules. Twelve core chapters cover basic chemical concepts such as atomic models, chemical bonding, and chemical reactions. These are followed by seven chapters organized around chemistry-related topics, such as nutrition, drugs, agriculture, water resources, the atmosphere, commercial materials, and sources margin-left: energy. The end-margin-left:-chapter study material for each chapter is extensive and includes Matching Key Terms, Review Questions, Insights to Hands-On Chemistry activities, Exercises, Suggested Readings and Websites, and, for select chapters, Problems and Discussion Topics.
John Suchocki obtained his Ph.D. in organic chemistry from Virginia Commonwealth University, which was followed by a two year postdoctorate in pharmacology at the Medical College of Virginia. He taught chemistry at the University of Hawaii at Manoa and then at Leeward Community College, where he received tenure and was highly active in the development of distance learning programs and student-centered learning curricula. In addition to writing Conceptual Chemistry, John is also the chemistry and astronomy coauthor of the college and high school editions of Conceptual Physical Science and Conceptual Integrated Science with physicist Paul Hewitt and others. John is currently an adjunct faculty member at Saint Michael’s College in Colchester, Vermont. He also produces science education multimedia through his company, Conceptual Productions (www.CPro.cc), writes and illustrates award-winning children’s books featuring hands-on science activities (www.Styraki.com), and produces music through his recording label (www.CProMusic.com).
1. Chemistry is a Science: Looking at the world margin-left: atoms and molecules. 2. Elements margin-left: Chemistry: Understanding chemistry through its language. 3. Discovering the Atom and Subatomic Particles: Where we've been and what we now know. 4. The Atomic Nucleus: Know nukes. 5. Atomic Models: Virtual handles on the very real. 6. Chemical Bonding and Molecular Shapes: How atoms connect to one another. 7. Molecular Mixing: How molecules attract one another. 8. Those Incredible Water Molecules: Macroscopic consequences margin-left: molecular stickiness. 9. An Overview margin-left: Chemical Reactions: How reactants react to form products. 10. Acids and Bases: Transferring protons. 11. Oxidations and Reductions: Transferring electrons. 12. Organic Compounds: A survey margin-left: carbon-based molecules. 13. Chemicals margin-left: Life: The nutrients that make us. 14. The Chemistry margin-left: Drugs: Understanding drug action. 15. Optimizing Food Production: From the good Earth. 16. Fresh Water Resources: Our roles and responsibilities. 17. Air Resources: One planet, one atmosphere. 18. Material Resources: A look at the materials margin-left: our society. 19. Energy Resources: Managing for the present andfuture.