11th Edition

Steven S. Zumdahl, Susan A. Zumdahl, Donald J. DeCoste

ISBN-13: 9780357850671
Copyright 2024 | Published
1216 pages | List Price: USD $312.95

Learning chemistry is more than just memorizing facts and formulas. To be successful, you need to understand fundamental chemistry concepts and how to apply them to solve problems. CHEMISTRY, Eleventh Edition, will help you gain the tools you need to succeed in your chemistry course--and beyond. This trusted text has helped generations of students learn to “think like chemists,” developing critical-thinking and creative problem-solving skills to master even the most challenging problems. An engaging writing style, clear explanations and interactive examples help you build both skill and confidence, so you can study to understand rather than simply memorize. In addition, useful online resources and instant feedback in OWLv2 help bring the material to life and make learning even more effective.


1. Chemical Foundations.
2. Atoms, Molecules and Ions.
3. Stoichiometry.
4. Types of Chemical Reactions and Solution Stoichiometry.
5. Gases.
6. Thermochemistry.
7. Atomic Structure and Periodicity.
8. Bonding: General Concepts.
9. Covalent Bonding: Orbitals.
10. Liquids and Solids.
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: Mathematical Procedures.
A1.1. Exponential Notation.
A1.2. Logarithms.
A1.3. Graphing Functions.
A1.4. Solving Quadratic Equations.
A1.5. Uncertainties in Measurements.
Appendix 2: The Quantitative Kinetic Molecular Model.
Appendix 3: Spectral Analysis.
Appendix 4: Selected Thermodynamic Data.
Appendix 5: Equilibrium Constants and Reduction Potentials.
A5.1. Values of Ka for Some Common Monoprotic Acids.
A5.2. Stepwise Dissociation Constants for Several Common Polyprotic Acids.
A5.3. Values of Kb for Some Common Weak Bases.
A5.4. Ksp Values at 25_C for Common Ionic Solids.
A5.5. Standard Reduction Potentials at 25_C (298K) for Many Common Half-Reactions.
Appendix 6: SI Units and Conversion Factors.
Answers to Selected Exercises.

  • Steven S. Zumdahl

    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

    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.

  • Donald J. DeCoste

    Donald J. DeCoste is Associate Director of General Chemistry at the University of Illinois, Urbana–Champaign and has been teaching chemistry at the high school and college levels for 26 years. He earned his BS in Chemistry and PhD from the University of Illinois, Urbana–Champaign. At UIUC he has developed chemistry courses for nonscience majors, preservice secondary teachers, and preservice elementary teachers. He teaches courses in introductory chemistry and the teaching of chemistry and has received the School of Chemical Sciences Teaching Award four times. Don has led workshops for secondary teachers and graduate student teaching assistants, discussing the methods and benefits of getting students more actively involved in class. When not involved in teaching and advising, Don enjoys spending time with his wife and three children.

  • The authors have updated the text to make chemistry concepts more accessible for today's students, incorporating current technology, examples and methods likely to resonate with modern readers.

  • New Think-Pair-Share questions encourage student to first attempt to answer the question individually, then discuss their answer with other students, and finally present their solution to the class. These questions often require students to develop a more conceptual understanding of the material or consider problem-solving methods relevant to chapter content.

  • Chemistry in Your Career features introduce a diverse group of people who are using their backgrounds in chemistry in a variety of professions, helping students envision a potential future in chemistry.

  • New and revised end-of-chapter questions and problems, found in both the text and OWLv2, ensure that instruments and applications are current; cultural references are relevant; and there is a good balance of easy, medium and more difficult questions to help students progress in their learning.

  • The dynamic art program has been updated for currency and inclusivity, helping bring the material to life for today's visual learners.

  • OWLv2 assignments have been updated to include new end-of-chapter content, and targeted feedback has been added to many questions, giving students a helpful layer of additional explanation when they submit an incorrect answer.

  • The Eleventh Edition maintains the text's trusted conceptual understanding framework, with a proven focus on equipping students to become effective critical thinkers: to ask questions, to apply rules and models and to evaluate the outcome.

  • The text's step-by-step approach to problem-solving emphasizes using thoughtful, logical strategies rather than simply memorizing procedures, helping students learn how to break down and solve chemical problems effectively.

  • Real-World Application features throughout the text showcase interesting modern applications of chemistry to help students appreciate the relevance of course material and key chemistry concepts to their lives and world.

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