Chemistry for Today,
10th Edition

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

ISBN-13: 9780357453384
Copyright 2022 | Published
928 pages | List Price: USD $165.95

Known for its strong focus on allied health and integrated technology, CHEMISTRY FOR TODAY: GENERAL, ORGANIC, AND BIOCHEMISTRY, 10th Edition, helps you understand the vital connections between chemistry fundamentals and today's healthcare professions. Thoroughly updated with step-by-step solutions, additional organic chemistry and biochemistry practice problems and photos from real-world job settings, this edition supports today’s diverse learners with a wide range of applications, examples, boxed features and interactive technology tools. In addition, the text includes sample questions found on entrance exams for allied health professional programs and information on different career paths and the qualifications you'll need to pursue them. With abundant learning features, an accessible writing style and clear explanations, this engaging text makes chemistry seem less intimidating while helping you gain an appreciation for the role chemistry plays in daily life. The text also provides strong support for both problem solving and critical thinking--two essential skills necessary for classroom and career success. Available with OWLv2, the most trusted online learning solution for chemistry, the tenth edition offers answer hints and answer-specific feedback for selected questions to improve your confidence and self-awareness while helping you work to master key course concepts.


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.

  • Spencer L. Seager

    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

    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

    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.

  • The authors have added 168 new examples, many featuring step-by-step solutions to help students master relevant processes and apply them to new problems. Most examples are also followed by Learning Checks that model and reinforce the key concepts involved.

  • The Tenth Edition includes 130 new figures to visually link important chapter concepts to practical applications, many of them focused on real-world healthcare topics.

  • New Health Career Focus features open every chapter with detailed information on careers students may be interested in or actively training to enter. These engaging vignettes are written in the first person to help readers imagine being in the featured position, and they are reinforced by Career Description features that conclude each chapter with a review of the role's responsibilities and qualifications required to attain it.

  • The authors have rewritten the Concept Summaries presented at the end of each chapter and formatted them as bullet lists to make this important material easier for students to scan, understand, review and reference.

  • More than 500 end-of-chapter questions are new or updated for the Tenth Edition, covering a wide variety of topics that are current, engaging and relevant to today’s students.

  • In addition to end-of-chapter exercises focused on individual topics or sections, numerous Additional Exercises feature more complex problems integrating multiple concepts, and Chemistry for Thought exercises ask students to apply their cumulative knowledge across several areas to further deepen their understanding and confidence. Learning Objectives are integrated throughout each chapter and reinforced within summary sections to help students identify and focus on key skills and concepts they need to succeed. Numerous Learning Check features allow students to complete brief self-assessments based on either chapter examples and their solutions, or on discussions of important or challenging concepts, providing a helpful way for students to gauge their progress and identify areas where they may need additional study. Talking Labels integrate key facts and figures into selected visual features, helping students follow the illustrated processes and understand exactly what is happening without having to consult separate captions and draw their own connections. Health Connections features connect chapter content to students' own health and that of the patients they may care for as future allied health professionals, while Environmental Connections features highlight current chemistry-related environmental issues, such as ozone health hazards and the impact of carbon dioxide emissions. ****RECOMMEND THAT WE DELETE THIS FEATURE AS IT'S ONLY IN THE 9TH EDITION****

  • 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.

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