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Chemistry: An Atoms First Approach, 2nd Edition

  • Steven S. Zumdahl
  • Susan A. Zumdahl
  • ISBN-10: 1305079248
  • ISBN-13: 9781305079243
  • 1216 Pages | Hardcover
  • Previous Editions: 2012
  • COPYRIGHT: 2016 Published
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About the Product

Steve and Susan Zumdahl's texts focus on helping students build critical thinking skills through the process of becoming independent problem-solvers. They help students learn to "think like chemists" so they can apply the problem-solving process to all aspects of their lives. In this Second Edition of CHEMISTRY: AN ATOMS FIRST APPROACH, the Zumdahls use a meaningful approach that begins with the atom and proceeds through the concept of molecules, structure, and bonding to more complex materials and their properties. Because this approach differs from what most students have experienced in high school courses, it encourages them to focus on conceptual learning early in the course, rather than relying on memorization and a "plug and chug" method of problem solving that even the best students can fall back on when confronted with familiar material. The atoms first organization provides an opportunity for students to use the tools of critical thinkers: to ask questions, to apply rules and models, and to evaluate outcomes.

Features

  • AN ATOMS FIRST APPROACH: By taking an atoms first approach, the authors provide students with a unified story built around an organizing principle--start the course with the smallest element, the atom, and build from there. Building their explanations around this structure, the authors consistently show the importance and relevance of studying chemistry.

  • A FOCUS ON CONCEPTUAL UNDERSTANDING: Rather than focusing on memorizing, the book gives students the tools they need to become critical thinkers: to ask questions, to apply rules and develop models, and to evaluate the outcome.

  • A STRONG PROBLEM-SOLVING ORIENTATION: Throughout the text, problem-solving strategies help students learn to solve problems by thinking them through rather than brute-force memorizing. Section 5.3 “Learning to Solve Problems” emphasizes the importance of thoughtful, creative problem solving, demonstrating that thinking through a problem produces more long-term, meaningful learning that can be applied to “real life” than memorizing steps that apply only to a particular type of problem. The problem-solving process is organized in terms of “Where are we going?”; “How do we get there?”; and “Reality Check,” which prompts students to check whether their answer makes sense.

  • STUDENT-ORIENTED LEARNING AIDS: Problem-solving strategy boxes help students focus on particular aspects of problem-solving; concept summary boxes help students organize their thinking about crucial concepts; critical-thinking questions help students to contemplate various atoms first concepts; chemical connections boxes present applications of chemistry in various fields and in daily life; and atoms first boxes provide an overall summary at critical junctures that ties together concepts to enhance student understanding.

  • INTERACTIVE EXAMPLES encourage students to think their way through the example instead of passively reading through the solution. Electronic versions of select examples are assignable in OWLv2. To help in mastery of the problem-solving process, students can work these Interactive Examples multiple times, receiving slightly different examples each time they attempt an Interactive Example.

  • END-OF-CHAPTER VISUAL EXERCISES provide students with opportunities to demonstrate a conceptual understanding of fundamental chemical principles. Many take an "atomic view" of matter to help students appreciate the usefulness of the atomic model in understanding macroscopic properties. Other problems ask students to interpret graphs or to explain figures.

About the Author

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.

Table of Contents

Review: Measurement and Calculations in Chemistry.
1. Chemical Foundations.
2. Atomic Structure and Periodicity.
3. Bonding: General Concepts.
4. Molecular Structure and Orbitals.
5. Stoichiometry.
6. Types of Chemical Reactions and Solution Stoichiometry.
7. Chemical Energy.
8. Gases.
9. Liquids and Solids.
10. Properties of Solutions.
11. Chemical Kinetics.
12. Chemical Equilibrium.
13. Acids and Bases.
14. Acid-Base Equilibria
15. Solubility and Complex Ion Equilibria.
16. Spontaneity, Entropy, and Free Energy.
17. Electrochemistry.
18. The Nucleus: A Chemist's View.
19. The Representative Elements.
20. Transition Metals and Coordination Chemistry.
21. Organic and Biological Molecules.

New to this edition

  • REORGANIZED FOR ENHANCED UNDERSTANDING: A reorganization of key chapters (3, 4, 5, and 6) allows for stoichiometry to be taught earlier (Chapter 5), which coincides with labs being done at that time. In addition, the organization of various sections has been fine-tuned (for example, the Gas Stoichiometry section moved to the Gases chapter and the Calorimetry section moved to the Chemical Energy chapter). The combined chapter and section reorganization improves the flow of the text to better meet the needs of those teaching and learning from an atoms first approach.
  • NEW "CRITICAL THINKING" QUESTIONS provide a greater emphasis on the importance of conceptual learning.
  • NEW CHEMWORK EXERCISES, which can be worked using the online system or as pencil-and-paper problems, test students' understanding of core chapter concepts.
  • NEW ATOMS FIRST MARGIN NOTES throughout the text enhance teaching and learning using an atoms first approach.

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

Cengage Testing, powered by Cognero® Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 1305279972 | ISBN-13: 9781305279971)

Cengage Learning Testing Powered by Cognero is a flexible, online system that allows you to author, edit, and manage test bank content from multiple Cengage Learning solutions; create multiple test versions in an instant; and deliver tests from your LMS, your classroom or wherever you want.

Student Solutions Manual eBook, 4 terms (24 months) Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 1305863100 | ISBN-13: 9781305863101)
Lab Manual  (ISBN-10: 1305398319 | ISBN-13: 9781305398313)

This laboratory manual provides an extensive laboratory program compatible with the text. The experiments demonstrate a wide variety of chemistry concepts, and many experiments offer choices of procedures.

Student Solutions Manual  (ISBN-10: 1305398122 | ISBN-13: 9781305398122)

This manual provides detailed solutions for half of the end-of-chapter exercises (designated by blue question numbers), using the strategies emphasized in the text. This manual has been thoroughly checked for precision and accuracy. Answers to the "For Review" questions appear on the student website.

OWLv2, 4 terms (24 months) Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 1305264576 | ISBN-13: 9781305264571)

Students can use this ISBN at www.CENGAGEbrain.com to purchase instant access to OWLv2, the most trusted online learning solution for chemistry. Featuring chemist-developed content, OWLv2 is the only system designed to elevate thinking through Mastery Learning, allowing students to work at their own pace until they understand each concept and skill. Each time a student tries a problem, OWLv2 changes the chemicals, values, and sometimes even the wording of the question, to ensure students are learning the concepts and not cheating the system. With detailed, instant feedback and interactive learning resources, students get the help they need when they need it. Now with improved student and instructor tools and greater functionality, OWLv2 is more robust than ever. Visit www.CENGAGE.com/owlv2 to learn more.

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

Student Solutions Manual eBook, 4 terms (24 months) Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 1305863100 | ISBN-13: 9781305863101)
Lab Manual  (ISBN-10: 1305398319 | ISBN-13: 9781305398313)

Build skill and confidence in the lab with the experiments included in this manual. Safety is strongly emphasized.

Student Solutions Manual  (ISBN-10: 1305398122 | ISBN-13: 9781305398122)

Improve your performance at exam time with this comprehensive solutions manual, which provides detailed solutions to the odd-numbered end-of-chapter exercises (designated by blue question numbers), using the strategies emphasized in the text. Answers to the "For Review" questions appear on the student website.

OWLv2, 4 terms (24 months) Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 1305264576 | ISBN-13: 9781305264571)

If your instructor requires OWLv2 for this course, you can use this ISBN to purchase instant access at www.CENGAGEbrain.com. OWLv2 is the most trusted online learning solution for chemistry and has been proven to help students get a better grade. Featuring chemist-developed content, OWLv2 is the only system designed to elevate thinking through Mastery Learning, allowing you to work at your own pace until you understand each concept and skill. Each time you try a problem, OWLv2 changes the chemicals, values, and sometimes even the wording of the question to ensure you are learning the concepts and not just doing homework. With detailed, instant feedback and interactive learning resources, you get the help you need when you need it. Now with improved answer entry and input tools, OWLv2 is more robust than ever. Discover the power of OWLv2 and take your learning to a higher level. To learn more, visit www.CENGAGE.com/owlv2 or talk to your instructor.

OWLv2 with Student Solutions Manual, 4 terms (24 months) Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 1305863267 | ISBN-13: 9781305863262)

Packed with the information, examples, and problems you need to learn to "think like a chemist," CHEMISTRY: AN ATOMS FIRST APPROACH is designed to help you become an independent problem-solver. The text begins with coverage of the atom and proceeds through the concept of molecules, structure, and bonding. This approach, different from your high school course, will help you become a good critical thinker and a strong problem-solver -- skills that will be useful to you in any career.

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.

Survival Guide for General Chemistry with Math Review and Proficiency Questions: How to Get an A  (ISBN-10: 1305629566 | ISBN-13: 9781305629561)

This survival guide is designed to help you solve problems you are likely to encounter in your General Chemistry course. Understand the thought process needed to tackle some of these problems by dissecting them into manageable chunks. Build the confidence you need to master your course with three levels of proficiency questions: A, B, and minimal. Available for packaging with any CENGAGE textbook or available separately for a minimal cost at CENGAGEbrain.com.