Chemistry for Today: General, Organic, and Biochemistry,
9th Edition

Spencer L. Seager, Michael R. Slabaugh, Maren S. Hansen

ISBN-13: 9781305960060 | ISBN-10: 1305960068

Copyright 2018

| Published 2017

| 960 pages

List Price USD $274.95


Develop the problem-solving and critical-thinking skills you need to succeed in your course and allied health career with CHEMISTRY FOR TODAY: GENERAL, ORGANIC, AND BIOCHEMISTRY, Ninth Edition. The book's accessible writing style and real-life applications and case studies will help you appreciate the role that chemistry plays in your daily life and help dispel any fear you may have of chemistry. In addition, the book's examples of chemistry questions found on allied health professional program entrance examinations and the career information provided on the companion website will help you set goals and focus on achieving them. Finally, this proven text integrates online learning tools that will turn your study time into experiences with chemistry -- helping you gain a true understanding of chemical concepts.

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Meet the Authors

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Spencer L. Seager retired from Weber State University in 2013 after serving for 52 years as a faculty member of the chemistry department. He served as department chairman from 1969 until 1993 and taught general and physical chemistry at the university. Dr. Seager was also active in projects to help improve chemistry and other science education in local elementary schools. He received his B.S. in chemistry and Ph.D. in physical chemistry from the University of Utah.

Michael R. Slabaugh is an adjunct professor at the University of South Dakota and at Weber State University, where he teaches the yearlong sequence of general chemistry, organic chemistry and biochemistry. He received his B.S. in chemistry from Purdue University and his Ph.D. in organic chemistry from Iowa State University. His interest in plant alkaloids led to a year of postdoctoral study in biochemistry at Texas A&M University. His current professional interests are chemistry education and community involvement in science activities, particularly the State Science and Engineering Fair in Utah. He also enjoys the company of family, hiking in the mountains and fishing the local stream.

Maren S. Hansen is an adjunct professor at the University of South Dakota, where she teaches online courses in general chemistry, elementary organic chemistry and elementary biochemistry. She has also been a science teacher at West High School, where she taught honors biology, and has taught AP biology and biology in the International Baccalaureate Program. Professor Hansen received her B.A. and M.Ed. from Weber State University, and her professional interests have focused on helping students participate in Science Olympiad and Science Fair. Other interests include adventure travel, mountain hiking, gardening and the company of friends and family, and she hopes to share her love of science with her two children.

  • EXAMPLE TITLES: To make examples easier to use and more helpful for review and study, all worked examples now include a subject matter title.
  • CASE STUDIES/CASE STUDY FOLLOW UPS: Eight new Case Studies, including one on microcephaly, open chapters with real-life scenarios that students may encounter at home and at work. Each case study incorporates critical chemistry concepts from the chapter in an exciting real-life scenario designed to make the reader feel a part of the experience. The case studies require the student to make a decision about what they would do if they were in that situation. A follow-up to each Case Study appears at the end of each chapter.
  • UPDATED ART PROGRAM: Revisions to the art program include a new flow diagram style that makes the diagrams easier to read.
  • CHEMISTRY AROUND US: These boxed features present everyday applications of the chemistry in the course with 19 new to this edition. New boxes address topics such as elements used in smart phone manufacturing, health drinks, and three-dimensional printers.
  • ASK A PHARMACIST: These twelve new articles by Marvin Orrock, Pharm.D., of Weber State University take a closer look at prescription and nonprescription health-related products that relate the chemistry of this course to the student’s future career in Allied Health professions. Articles look at medications to avoid on test day, gluten-free foods, and sports supplements, among other topics.
  • REVISED SIGNIFICANT FIGURES RULES: The rules for counting significant figures in Chapter 1 were revised to follow the standard convention for treating trailing zeros.
  • NEW END-OF-CHAPTER EXERCISES: A significant number of the end-of-chapter questions are new and cover topics that are current, engaging, and relevant to today’s students.
  • ALLIED HEALTH CONNECTION: An "Allied-Health Exam Connection" section follows each chapter's end-of-chapter exercises and includes chemistry questions found on entrance examinations used to screen applicants applying to Allied Health professional programs.
  • CONCEPT SUMMARY SECTIONS: These end-of-chapter sections summarize each chapter's key concepts and include one or two appropriate end-of-chapter exercises per concept. By solving these exercises, students will have an approximate but quick assessment of how well they understand the Learning Objective related to that concept.
  • A WEALTH OF END-OF-CHAPTER EXERCISES: The book's wide range of end-of-chapter exercises include "Additional Exercises," which are not tied to a specific section and often consist of problems that integrate several concepts, and "Chemistry for Thought" exercises, which focus on conceptual and cumulative questions and ask students to apply what they have learned to a particular cumulative question.
  • LEARNING CHECKS: These short, self-check exercises follow the book's worked-out examples and discussions of key or difficult concepts to help students assess their understanding.
  • "HOW REACTIONS OCCUR" SECTIONS: These sections present the mechanisms of representative organic reactions to help dispel the mystery of how these reactions take place.
  • STUDENT-FOCUSED BOXED FEATURES: New “Ask a Pharmacist” boxes focus on medications, supplements, and products found on drugstore shelves and at the pharmacy; "Ask an Expert" boxes discuss important questions and answers about nutrition and fitness as related to chemistry; "Chemistry Around Us" boxes present everyday applications of chemistry; and updated "Chemistry Tips for Living Well" boxes relate to students' health and the health of the patients that they may care for in their future roles as a part of the allied health work force.
  • A UNIQUE AND INSTRUCTIVE ART PROGRAM: "Talking Labels" in the art itself walk students through each figure, pointing out what they need to see. Explanations of figures are incorporated into the art, rather than appearing in the caption, to help students follow processes and understand exactly what is happening within each figure without having to go back and forth between figure and caption.
  • INTEGRATED LEARNING OBJECTIVES: The book's Learning Objectives are integrated throughout each chapter and within the summary to help students focus on the chapter's key skills and concepts.

Table of Contents

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1. Matter, Measurements, and Calculations.
2. Atoms and Molecules.
3. Electronic Structure and the Periodic Law.
4. Forces Between Particles.
5. Chemical Reactions.
6. The States of Matter.
7. Solutions and Colloids.
8. Reaction Rates and Equilibrium.
9. Acids, Bases, and Salts.
10. Radioactivity and Nuclear Processes.
11. Organic Compounds: Alkanes.
12. Unsaturated Hydrocarbons.
13. Alcohols, Phenols, and Ethers.
14. Aldehydes and Ketones.
15. Carboxylic Acids and Esters.
16. Amines and Amides.
17. Carbohydrates.
18. Lipids.
19. Proteins.
20. Enzymes.
21. Nucleic Acids and Protein Synthesis.
22. Nutrition and Energy for Life.
23. Carbohydrate Metabolism.
24. Lipid and Amino Acid Metabolism.
25. Body Fluids.
Appendix A: The International System of Measurements.
Appendix B: Answers to Even-Numbered End-of-Chapter Exercises.
Appendix C: Solutions to Learning Checks.

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The Study Guide and Student Solutions Manual tests you on the learning objectives in each chapter and provides answers to all of the even-numbered end-of-chapter exercises. Additional Activities include specific questions for each section as well as a summary activity. Each chapter is rounded out with a Self Test with answers.

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