CTE Chemistry: An Atoms First Approach with CB VitalSource eBook 2nd Edition
Steven S. Zumdahl | Susan A. Zumdahl
ISBN-13: 9789814716116 | ISBN-10: 9814716111
© 2015 | Published |  880  Pages

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Packed with the information, examples, and problems you need to learn to "think like a chemist," CHEMISTRY: AN ATOMS FIRST APPROACH is designed to help you become an independent problem-solver. The text begins with coverage of the atom and proceeds through the concept of molecules, structure, and bonding. This approach, different from your high school course, will help you become a good critical thinker and a strong problem-solver -- skills that will be useful to you in any career.



  • Review: Measurement and Calculations in Chemistry.
    1. Chemical Foundations.
    2. Atomic Structure and Periodicity.
    3. Bonding: General Concepts.
    4. Molecular Structure and Orbitals.
    5. Stoichiometry.
    6. Types of Chemical Reactions and Solution Stoichiometry.
    7. Chemical Energy.
    8. Gases.
    9. Liquids and Solids.
    10. Properties of Solutions.
    11. Chemical Kinetics.
    12. Chemical Equilibrium.
    13. Acids and Bases.
    14. Acid-Base Equilibria
    15. Solubility and Complex Ion Equilibria.
    16. Spontaneity, Entropy, and Free Energy.
    17. Electrochemistry.
    18. The Nucleus: A Chemist’s View.
    19. The Representative Elements.
    20. Transition Metals and Coordination Chemistry.
    21. Organic and Biological Molecules.

    • AN ATOMS FIRST APPROACH: By taking an atoms first approach, the authors provide students with a unified story built around an organizing principle--start the course with the smallest element, the atom, and build from there. Building their explanations around this structure, the authors consistently show the importance and relevance of studying chemistry.
    • A FOCUS ON CONCEPTUAL UNDERSTANDING: Rather than focusing on memorizing, the book gives students the tools they need to become critical thinkers: to ask questions, to apply rules and develop models, and to evaluate the outcome.
    • A STRONG PROBLEM-SOLVING ORIENTATION: Throughout the text, problem-solving strategies help students learn to solve problems by thinking them through rather than brute-force memorizing. Section 5.3 "Learning to Solve Problems" emphasizes the importance of thoughtful, creative problem solving, demonstrating that thinking through a problem produces more long-term, meaningful learning that can be applied to "real life" than memorizing steps that apply only to a particular type of problem. The problem-solving process is organized in terms of "Where are we going?"; "How do we get there?"; and "Reality Check," which prompts students to check whether their answer makes sense.
    • STUDENT-ORIENTED LEARNING AIDS: Problem-solving strategy boxes help students focus on particular aspects of problem-solving; concept summary boxes help students organize their thinking about crucial concepts; critical-thinking questions help students to contemplate various atoms first concepts; chemical connections boxes present applications of chemistry in various fields and in daily life; and atoms first boxes provide an overall summary at critical junctures that ties together concepts to enhance student understanding.
    • INTERACTIVE EXAMPLES encourage students to think their way through the example instead of passively reading through the solution. Electronic versions of select examples are assignable in OWLv2. To help in mastery of the problem-solving process, students can work these Interactive Examples multiple times, receiving slightly different examples each time they attempt an Interactive Example.
    • END-OF-CHAPTER VISUAL EXERCISES provide students with opportunities to demonstrate a conceptual understanding of fundamental chemical principles. Many take an "atomic view" of matter to help students appreciate the usefulness of the atomic model in understanding macroscopic properties. Other problems ask students to interpret graphs or to explain figures.
    • END-OF-CHAPTER CHEMWORK EXERCISES test students' understanding of core concepts. ChemWork problems in the text can be worked using the online system or as pencil-and-paper problems.
    • CRITICAL THINKING QUESTIONS provide students with opportunities to demonstrate a conceptual understanding of fundamental chemical principles, while emphasizing the importance of conceptual learning.
    • REORGANIZED FOR ENHANCED UNDERSTANDING: A reorganization of key chapters (3, 4, 5, and 6) allows for stoichiometry to be taught earlier (Chapter 5), which coincides with labs being done at that time. In addition, the organization of various sections has been fine-tuned (for example, the Gas Stoichiometry section moved to the Gases chapter and the Calorimetry section moved to the Chemical Energy chapter). The combined chapter and section reorganization improves the flow of the text to better meet the needs of those teaching and learning from an atoms first approach.
    • NEW "CRITICAL THINKING" QUESTIONS provide a greater emphasis on the importance of conceptual learning.
    • NEW CHEMWORK EXERCISES, which can be worked using the online system or as pencil-and-paper problems, test students’ understanding of core chapter concepts.
    • NEW ATOMS FIRST MARGIN NOTES throughout the text enhance teaching and learning using an atoms first approach.
    • NEW ATOMS FIRST BOXED FEATURES "CONNECTING TO ATOMS" help students understand how varying chapter content works together under an atoms first approach through a summary of key concepts at point-of-use, which provides both a review of atoms first concepts and a glimpse of what is ahead.
    • ENHANCED ONLINE LEARNING: The #1 online homework and learning system for chemistry, OWLv2, is available for this text--and now features more flexible student and instructor functionality, new personalized study tools, enhanced integration with learning management systems, and improved analytics. OWLv2 for this text also includes Quick Prep, an online short course that reviews key chemistry concepts and essential skills, new Adaptive Study Plans, hundreds of new interactive versions of the text's end-of-chapter questions, and new tutors, visualizations, and simulations that have been converted from Flash to HTML, allowing for easier navigation and streamlined grading.
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  • 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.