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Survival Guide for General Chemistry with Math Review and Proficiency Questions: How to Get an A, 3rd Edition

  • Charles H. Atwood
  • ISBN-10: 1305629566
  • ISBN-13: 9781305629561
  • 216 Pages | Paperback
  • Previous Editions: 2008, 2005
  • COPYRIGHT: 2017 Published
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Overview

About the Product

This survival guide focuses on helping students practice for exams and shows them how to solve difficult problems by dissecting them into manageable chunks. Written in the style of a student meeting with an instructor during office hours, it addresses the most frequently asked questions. This approach leads to the three levels approach – A, B, and minimal – to dissect a typical difficult question into manageable chunks and quickly build student confidence to master the knowledge needed to succeed in the course. This book is available for students to purchase at www.CENGAGEbrain.com or available for packaging with any Cengage textbook.

Features

  • Realistic voice. This guide is written in a way an instructor would speak to a student during an office hour to dispel confusion and guide students to a better understanding of chemistry.

  • Relevant content and coverage. You’ll find numerous explanations to questions students typically ask when going over homework or preparing for a test.

  • Let no student fall behind. This survival guide is will help those anonymous students in a large class appreciate how to solve common problems encountered in general chemistry classes.

About the Author

Charles H. Atwood

Dr. Charles H. Atwood received his BS degree in chemistry from Millsaps College and his PhD in nuclear chemistry from Florida State University. His postdoctoral research was conducted at the Australian National University. A temporary appointment at the University of Georgia was followed by a ten-year stay at Mercer University, where Dr. Atwood developed a series of papers on teaching nuclear topics in the chemistry curriculum. In 1995, he joined the faculty of the University of Georgia’s chemistry department and was named Coordinator of Freshman Chemistry in 1997. At the University of Georgia, Dr. Atwood developed significant use of instructional technology in the freshman chemistry program, including pioneering computerized testing. In 2011 Dr. Atwood accepted the Ronald and Eileen Ragsdale Professor of Chemical Education position at the University of Utah. Over the last ten years, his research group has studied the use of item response theory to analyze student performance on assessments, with the ultimate goal of improving student learning and performance. He is the author of two other successful SURVIVAL GUIDES. His hobbies include astronomy, traveling, and bicycle riding.

Table of Contents

Module 1: Metric System, Dimensional Analysis, Significant Figures, and Density.
Module 2: Understanding Chemical Formulas.
Module 3: Chemical Nomenclature.
Module 4: The Mole Concept.
Module 5: Chemical Reaction Stoichiometry.
Module 6: Types of Chemical Reactions.
Module 7: Electronic Structure of Atoms.
Module 8: Chemical Periodicity.
Module 9: Chemical Bonding.
Module 10: Molecular Shapes.
Module 11: Hybridization and Polarity of Molecules.
Module 12: Acids and Bases.
Module 13: States of Matter.
Module 14: Solutions.
Module 15: Heat Transfer, Calorimetry, and Thermodynamics.
Module 16: Chemical Kinetics.
Module 17: Gas Phase Equilibria.
Module 18: Aqueous Equilibria.
Module 19: Electrochemistry.
Module 20: Nuclear Chemistry.
Math Review.

New to this edition

  • Greater emphasis on addressing the shift in general chemistry teaching from plug-and-chug problem solving to a conceptual focus on understanding problems.
  • Integration of the homework problems from OWLv2, so as students work through the text they are prompted to work independently on problems for further preparation.

Supplements

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

Instructor Supplements

Essential Algebra for Chemistry Students  (ISBN-10: 0495013277 | ISBN-13: 9780495013273)

Available for packaging with any CENGAGE textbook, this short book is intended for students who lack confidence and/or competency in the essential mathematics skills necessary to survive in general chemistry. Each chapter focuses on a specific type of skill and has worked-out examples to show how these skills translate to chemical problem solving. This book is also available for students to purchase separately at www.CENGAGEbrain.com.

Student Supplements

Essential Algebra for Chemistry Students  (ISBN-10: 0495013277 | ISBN-13: 9780495013273)

Available for packaging with any CENGAGE textbook or available separately for a minimal cost at CENGAGEbrain.com, this short book is intended for students who lack confidence and/or competency in the essential mathematics skills necessary to survive in general chemistry. Each chapter focuses on a specific type of skill and has worked-out examples to show how these skills translate to chemical problem solving.