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Chemistry: An Atoms-Focused Approach Paperback + Digital Product License Key Folder with eBook, Smartwork5, and Animations, 3rd Edition

  • ISBN-10: 039369738X
  • ISBN-13: 9780393697384
  • 0 Pages | Best Buy Package
  • COPYRIGHT: 2020 Published
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About the Product

A research-based, atoms-focused text and assessment package that helps students visualize chemistry as they solve problems. The exciting new Third Edition expands on the visualization pedagogy from co-author Stacey Lowery Bretz and makes it even easier to implement in the classroom. Based on her Chemistry Education Research on how students construct and interpret multiple representations, art in the book and media has been revised to be more pedagogically effective and address student misconceptions. New projected visualization problems help instructors assess students’ conceptual understanding in lecture or during exams. A new Interactive Instructor’s Guide provides innovative ways to incorporate research-based active learning pedagogy into the classroom.


  • Help students visualize and understand multiple representations in chemistry Stacey Lowery Bretz’s innovative pedagogy, which has been overwhelmingly popular with adopters, is based on her research on how students construct and interpret multiple representations in chemistry (particulate, symbolic, macroscopic) and includes the Particulate Review, Particulate Preview, and Visual Problem Matrix found in the text and Smartwork5. Art in the Third Edition has been refined to be more pedagogically effective and address common misconceptions while bringing consistency to particulate representations across the book, in Smartwork5 problems, and in the ChemTour Animations.

  • A consistent problem-solving model for students used across platforms Using the acronym COAST (Collect and Organize, Analyze, Solve, and Think about it), our problem-solving model is introduced in the first chapter, applied in every Sample Exercise, and used in Smartwork5 feedback and in every problem in the solutions manual. In the Third Edition, end-of-chapter problems have been refined to better align with the text’s Learning Outcomes and provide more balance in terms of level and concept coverage.

  • The most dynamic online homework system for practice and assessment Smartwork5 offers instructors a sophisticated, user-friendly platform to assess student understanding while flexible adaptive options give students a personalized learning path allowing them to reach mastery of assigned concepts. Content in the system ties directly to the text’s COAST problem-solving strategy and includes problems using Stacey Lowery Bretz’s visualization pedagogy. Students receive coaching via extensive hints and answer-specific feedback so office hours can be more productive. Smartwork5 integrates with most campus learning management systems so students have a single sign-on and grades move directly to instructors’ gradebooks.

  • The high-quality, low-cost option for general chemistry In addition to working with authors who are expert teachers and chemistry education researchers, Norton heavily invests in developing the content in the book and resources that accompany it. We commission and respond to feedback from instructors at a wide range of institutions to ensure we’re meeting the needs of your students. We also use a rigorous accuracy program so you can trust the content in the resources you assign students use before, during, and after class. As an independent and employee-owned publisher we practice fair pricing and offer your students different purchase options to meet their needs and save them money.

Table of Contents

1. Matter and Energy: An Atomic Perspective

2. Atoms, Ions, Molecules: The Building Blocks of Matter

3. Atomic Structure: Explaining the Properties of Elements

4. Chemical Bonding: Understanding Climate Change

5. Bonding Theories: Explaining Molecular Geometry

6. Intermolecular Forces: Attractions between Particles

7. Stoichiometry: Mass Relationships and Chemical Reactions

8. Reactions in Aqueous Solutions: Chemistry of the Hydrosphere

9. Properties of Gases: The Air We Breathe

10. Thermochemistry: Energy Changes in Chemical Reactions

11. Properties of Solutions: Their Concentrations and Colligative Properties

12. Thermodynamics: Why Chemical Reactions Happen

13. Chemical Kinetics: Clearing the Air

14. Chemical Equilibrium: Equal but Opposite Reaction Rates

15. Acid–Base Equilibria: Proton Transfer in Biological Systems

16. Additional Aqueous Equilibria: Chemistry and the Oceans

17. Electrochemistry: The Quest for Clean Energy

18. The Solid State: A Particulate View

19. Organic Chemistry: Fuels, Pharmaceuticals, and Modern Materials

20. Biochemistry: The Compounds of Life

21. Nuclear Chemistry: The Risks and Benefits

22. Main Group Elements: Life and the Periodic Table

23. Transition Metals: Biological and Medical Applications

New to this edition

  • New tools make it easy to incorporate visualization pedagogy into the classroom The new Interactive Instructor’s Guide helps instructors easily incorporate our unique visualization pedagogy by compiling the many valuable teaching resources available with Chemistry: An Atoms-Focused Approach in an easily searchable online format. Search by chapter, phrase, topic, or learning objective to find book-specific activities, ChemTour and Stepwise animations with discussion questions, and projected visualization questions that can be used in-class or on exams, and more.