Chemistry & Chemical Reactivity,
11th Edition

John C. Kotz, Paul M. Treichel, John Townsend, David Treichel

ISBN-13: 9780357851401
Copyright 2024 | Published
1148 pages | List Price: USD $312.95

Succeed in chemistry with the clear explanations, problem-solving strategies and dynamic study tools of CHEMISTRY & CHEMICAL REACTIVITY, Eleventh Edition. Engaging chapter content helps you develop a deeper understanding of fundamental chemistry concepts, while vibrant illustrations emphasize the visual nature of chemistry and the close interrelationship of its macroscopic, symbolic and particulate levels. In addition, the text showcases the practical applications of chemistry and presents recent advances to make content both interesting and relevant. Finally, online study aids in OWLv2, such as Interactive Examples and Adaptive Learning Activities, can help you master even challenging concepts more readily, preparing you for success in the classroom and beyond.


1. Basic Concepts of Chemistry.
1R. Let's Review: The Tools of Quantitative Chemistry.
2. Atoms, Molecules and Ions.
3. Chemical Reactions.
4. Stoichiometry: Quantitative Information about Chemical Reactions.
5. Principles of Chemical Reactivity: Energy and Chemical Reactions.
6. The Structure of Atoms.
7. The Structure of Atoms and Periodic Trends.
8. Bonding and Molecular Structure.
9. Bonding and Molecular Structure – Orbital Hybridization and Molecular Orbitals.
10. Gases and Their Properties.
11. Intermolecular Forces and Liquids.
12. The Solid State.
13. Solutions and Their Behavior.
14. Chemical Kinetics: The Rates of Chemical Reactions.
15. Principles of Chemical Reactivity: Equilibria.
16. Principles of Chemical Reactivity: The Chemistry of Acids and Bases.
17. Principles of Chemical Reactivity: Other Aspects of Aqueous Equilibria.
18. Principles of Chemical Reactivity: Entropy and Free Energy.
19. Principles of Chemical Reactivity: Electron Transfer Reactions.
20. Nuclear Chemistry
21. The Chemistry of the Main Group Elements.
22. The Chemistry of the Transition Elements.
23. Carbon: Not Just Another Element.
24. Biochemistry.
25. Environmental Chemistry: Earth's Environment, Energy and Sustainability.
Appendix A: Using Logarithms and Solving Quadratic Equations.
Appendix B: Some Important Physical Concepts.
Appendix C: Abbreviations and Useful Conversion Factors.
Appendix D: Physical Constants.
Appendix E: A Brief Guide to Naming Organic Compounds.
Appendix F: Values for the Ionization Energies and Electron Attachment Enthalpies of the Elements.
Appendix G: Vapor Pressure of Water at Various Temperatures.
Appendix H: Ionization Constants for Aqueous Weak Acids at 25ºC.
Appendix I: Ionization Constants for Aqueous Weak Bases at 25ºC.
Appendix J: Solubility Product Constants for Some Inorganic Compounds at 25ºC.
Appendix K: Formation Constants for Some Complex Ions in Aqueous Solution at 25°C.
Appendix L: Selected Thermodynamic Values.
Appendix M: Standard Reduction Potentials in Aqueous Solution at 25ºC.
Appendix N: Answers to Check Your Understanding Questions, Applying Chemical Principles Questions and Selected Study Questions.

  • John C. Kotz

    John C. Kotz is an emeritus State University of New York Distinguished Teaching Professor at the College at Oneonta. Educated at Washington and Lee University, as well as Cornell University, he held National Institutes of Health postdoctoral appointments at the University of Manchester Institute for Science and Technology in England and at Indiana University. Professor Kotz has co-authored three textbooks in several editions - INORGANIC CHEMISTRY, CHEMISTRY & CHEMICAL REACTIVITY, and THE CHEMICAL WORLD - along with the INTERACTIVE GENERAL CHEMISTRY CD-ROM. He also has published research on inorganic chemistry and electrochemistry. He was a Fulbright Lecturer and Research Scholar in Portugal in 1979 and a visiting professor there in 1992, as well as a visiting professor at the Institute for Chemical Education (University of Wisconsin, 1991-1992) and at Auckland University in New Zealand (1999). He also was an invited speaker at a meeting of the South African Chemical Society and at the biennial conference for secondary school chemistry teachers in New Zealand. In addition, a recent tenure as a mentor of the U.S. Chemistry Olympiad Team, Professor Kotz has received numerous honors, including a State University of New York Chancellor's Award (1979), a National Catalyst Award for Excellence in Teaching (1992), the Estee Lectureship in Chemical Education at the University of South Dakota (1998), the Visiting Scientist Award from the Western Connecticut Section of the American Chemical Society (1999), and the first annual Distinguished Education Award from the Binghamton (New York) Section of the American Chemical Society (2001).

  • Paul M. Treichel

    Paul M. Treichel, received his B.S. degree from the University of Wisconsin in 1958 and a Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1962. After a year of postdoctoral study in London, he assumed a faculty position at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. He served as department chair from 1986 through 1995 and was awarded a Helfaer Professorship in 1996. He has held visiting faculty positions in South Africa (1975) and in Japan (1995). Retiring after 44 years as a faculty member in 2007, he is currently Emeritus Professor of Chemistry. During his faculty career he taught courses in general chemistry, inorganic chemistry, organometallic chemistry, and scientific ethics. Professor Treichel's research in organometallic and metal cluster chemistry and in mass spectrometry, aided by 75 graduate and undergraduate students, has led to more than 170 papers in scientific journals. He may be contacted by email at

  • John Townsend

    John R. Townsend, Professor of Chemistry at West Chester University of Pennsylvania, completed his B.A. in Chemistry as well as the Approved Program for Teacher Certification in Chemistry at the University of Delaware. After a career teaching high school science and mathematics, he earned his M.S. and Ph.D. in biophysical chemistry at Cornell University, where he also received the DuPont Teaching Award for his work as a teaching assistant. After teaching at Bloomsburg University, he joined the faculty at West Chester University, where he coordinates the chemistry education program for prospective high school teachers and the general chemistry lecture program for science majors. He has been the university supervisor for more than 60 prospective high school chemistry teachers during their student teaching semester. His research interests are in the fields of chemical education and biochemistry. He may be contacted by email at

  • David Treichel

    David A. Treichel, Professor of Chemistry at Nebraska Wesleyan University, received a B.A. degree from Carleton College. He earned a M.S. and a Ph.D. in analytical chemistry at Northwestern University. After post-doctoral research at the University of Texas in Austin, he joined the faculty at Nebraska Wesleyan University. His research interests are in the fields of electrochemistry and surface-laser spectroscopy. He may be contacted by email at

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  • The authors have carefully revised or reorganized every chapter based on their extensive teaching experience and suggestions from other instructors. Many updates focus on making the text even more readable and accessible to today's students, as well as reflecting the diversity of people working in the field of chemistry. In addition, the authors have checked data against the most recent literature and current practice, and they have updated applications where appropriate, especially in environmental chemistry and energy.

  • New Think-Pair-Share questions encourage students to attempt to find answers individually, then discuss their answers with other students and finally present their solution to the class. These questions often ask students to develop a more conceptual understanding of the material or to think about problem-solving methods relevant to the chapter content.

  • Newly redesigned Strategy Maps accompany select worked examples to give students a visual overview of the complete problem-solving strategy. In addition, Strategy Maps are now better integrated into the text, and many worked examples have been rewritten for clearer correspondence with the supporting visuals.

  • The authors have fine-tuned the Chapter Goals listed for all sections in every chapter, and they have reviewed, edited for clarity and added new content to the Study Questions that correlate to these goals (presented in the Chapter Goals Revisited sections that conclude each chapter).

  • A Closer Look features show examples of chemistry solving a specific problem, highlight ways chemistry is involved in aspects of everyday life or provide a more detailed look at a key concept or its history. All of these features have been reviewed for currency and interest, and many have been revised or added as new content for the Eleventh Edition.

  • Applying Chemical Principles scenario problems connect key concepts covered in the current chapter with material from previous chapters to address problems in “real-world” chemistry. Featured topics include the colors of fireworks, green chemistry, sunscreens, new forms of carbon and chemistry in the movie The Martian. For the Eleventh Edition, many of these problems have been updated or replaced to incorporate the most recent advances in chemistry.

  • The text uses a six-part worked example structure to help students learn how to approach a problem rather than just memorizing problem types and solution approaches. The six parts include 1. Problem statement, 2. "What do you know?," 3. Strategy, 4. Fully worked solution, 5. "Think about your answer" and 6. "Check your understanding" (an additional, similar problem).

  • The text features extensive molecular representations to help students move beyond simply plugging numbers into an equation and forge a stronger conceptual understanding of what is happening at a molecular level. Chemical equations often include visual depictions, and space-filling molecular art helps connect problem-solving content to relevant fundamental concepts.

  • Problem-Solving Tips features provide advice and insights to help students understand key aspects of how to solve common or challenging types of chemistry problems.

  • Numerous questions and problems are included to help students achieve the learning goals of each chapter, and answers to odd-numbered study questions are provided in the text's Answer Appendix.

  • Practicing Skills questions are labeled by topic and refer to specific sections and examples relevant to that topic. The goal for these questions is to help students gain greater familiarity with key content in each chapter and more readily master important concepts.

  • Summary and conceptual questions focus on drawing connections among diverse topics within a chapter, connecting chapter content to material previously studied or focusing students' attention on important conceptual content.

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