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Introductory Chemistry: An Active Learning Approach, Hybrid, 5th Edition

  • includes OWL YouBook 24-Months Printed Access Card
  • Mark S. Cracolice
  • Edward I. Peters
  • ISBN-10: 1133114717
  • ISBN-13: 9781133114710
  • 720 Pages | Paperback
  • COPYRIGHT: 2013 Published
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About the Product

Reflecting Cengage Learning's commitment to offering flexible teaching solutions and value for students and instructors, this hybrid version of INTRODUCTORY CHEMISTRY, 5e features the instructional presentation found in the printed text while delivering all the end-of chapter exercises online in OWL with the exception of the Active Learning Questions. Access to OWL and the multimedia eBook (Cengage YouBook) is included with every new hybrid text, giving your students an interactive learning experience with the convenience of a text that is both brief and affordable. To provide maximum teaching flexibility and make it easy for you to teach chapters in the order you prefer, the authors include necessary preview or review information with each topic's coverage. Even more flexibility is provided in the new edition by the Cengage YouBook, an electronic version of the text that features interactivity, integrated media, and additional algebra coverage. Known for its question-and-answer presentation that allows students to actively learn chemistry while studying an assignment, this edition integrates new features such as outstanding technological resources, coached problems in a two-column format, and enhanced art and photography, all of which dovetail with the authors' active learning approach.


  • Portable Chapter-in-Review Cards: Designed to make anywhere, anytime studying easier, these detachable cards at the back of the book include chapter summaries of goals and key concepts and a chapter self-test with answers.

  • Group Discussion Questions: These questions give students the opportunity to work together to develop their problem-solving skills and conceptual understanding.

  • Flexible Format: The book has been structured so that any common sequence of topics is supported, allowing professors to present topics in any order they prefer.

  • "Thinking About Your Thinking" Comments: Designed to encourage students to think the way chemists do and focus on critical thinking, these features help students develop broad thinking skills they can apply to new contexts in future chemistry courses, other academic disciplines, and throughout their lives.

  • Section-Opening Learning Objectives: Identified as Goals, these objectives focus attention on what students are expected to learn or the skill they are expected to develop while studying the section.

About the Author

Mark S. Cracolice

Mark S. Cracolice is a professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Montana, where he teaches freshman-level chemistry courses, as well as graduate-level courses in teaching chemistry, theories of learning, and chemical education research. He directs a research group that seeks answers to questions about how students learn and is involved in conducting professional development workshops for high school, college, and university chemistry instructors.

Edward I. Peters

Ed Peters received his B.S. from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1943 in Chemical Engineering and his M.S. from Northwestern University in 1947. He had a long and varied career. He worked as an engineer for the United States Navy and was employed as a chemistry teacher for various high schools and colleges in California. He retired in 1987.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction to Chemistry; Introduction to Active Learning.
2. Matter and Energy.
3. Measurement and Chemical Calculations.
4. Introduction to Gases.
5. Atomic Theory: The Nuclear Model of the Atom.
6. Chemical Nomenclature.
7. Chemical Formula Relationships.
8. Chemical Reactions.
9. Chemical Change.
10. Quantity Relationships in Chemical Reactions.
11. Atomic Theory: The Quantum Model of the Atom.
12. Chemical Bonding.
13. Structure and Shape.
14. The Ideal Gas Law and Its Applications.
15. Gases, Liquids, and Solids.
16. Solutions.
17. Acid-Base (Proton-Transfer) Reactions.
18. Chemical Equilibrium.
19. Oxidation-Reduction (Redox) Reactions.
20. Nuclear Chemistry.
21. Organic Chemistry.
22. Biochemistry.
Appendix I: Chemical Calculations.
Appendix II: The SI System of Units.

New to this edition

  • New Active Example Format: After observing students rush to apply an algorithm immediately after reading a problem statement, the authors redesigned the Active Example format. To encourage students to be less impulsive and slow down and analyze the problem statement before working on the solution, the first frame in every Active Example is labeled THINK BEFORE YOU WRITE. Subsequent steps are labeled as PLAN to help students consciously outline the solution to a problem.
  • New Two-Column Design for Active Examples: As students actively work through and complete the Active Example solution in the right column, they can reveal the solution to each step in the left column, thereby receiving immediate feedback about their understanding of the concept as it is being formed. Each example is also now titled so that students can better identify the concept or problem-solving skill they are learning and can easily locate specific concepts to review when preparing for exams.
  • New Practice Exercises and Solutions: To solidify the potentially fragile new knowledge that the student constructed as they completed the Active Example, each Active Example is now immediately followed by a parallel Practice Exercise that covers the same concept as the companion Active Example, but is typically slightly more challenging. By pairing the Active Examples with Practice Exercises, the book leads students toward improved conceptual understanding and problem-solving skills. Solutions to this edition's 241 Practice Exercises are provided in Appendix III.
  • New End-of-Chapter Illustrations: More than 100 new photographs and line drawings have been added to the end-of-chapter Questions, Exercises, and Problems to better illustrate the macroscopic aspect of chemistry and allow students to see physical and chemical changes and common forms of industrial manufacturing processes, as well as better visualize the scenarios described in the questions.
  • Enhanced Features in OWL.OWL now includes Student Self-Assessments, as well as the interactive customizable Cengage YouBook, a multimedia electronic version of the text.


All supplements have been updated in coordination with the Main title.
Please see Main title page for new to this edition information.

Instructor Supplements

PowerLecture with ExamView®, JoinIn™ Student Response System  (ISBN-10: 1133107508 | ISBN-13: 9781133107507)

PowerLecture is a dual platform, one-stop digital library and presentation tool that includes prepared Microsoft® PowerPoint® Lecture Slides authored for this text by Mark Cracolice that cover all key points from the text in a convenient format that you can enhance with your own materials or with additional interactive video and animations from the CD-ROM for personalized, media-enhanced lectures. Image Libraries in PowerPoint® and JPEG formats provide electronic files for all text art, most photographs, and all numbered tables in the text. These files can be used to print transparencies or to create your own PowerPoint® lectures. Also included are electronic files for the Instructor's Manual and Test Bank, ExamView® testing software and electronic test items from the printed Test Bank, which enable you to create customized tests of up to 250 items in print or online, and JoinIn™ clicker questions, authored for this text for use with the classroom response system of your choice, which allow you to assess student progress with instant quizzes and polls and display student answers seamlessly within the Microsoft® PowerPoint® slides of your own lecture. Please consult your Brooks/Cole representative for more details.