Chemistry: An Atoms First Approach – Steven Zumdahl, Susan Zumdahl – 1st Edition


Steve and Susan ’s books focus on helping readers build critical thinking skills through the process of becoming independent problem-solvers. Their philosophy is to help readers learn to “think like a chemists” so they can apply the process of problem solving to all aspects of their lives.

In : AN 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 and their properties. This approach encourages readers to focus on conceptual learning early in the , rather than relying on memorization and a “plug and chug” method of problem solving that even the best learners can fall back on when confronted with familiar material.

The Atoms First provides an opportunity for readers to use the tools of critical thinkers: to ask , to apply rules and models and to evaluate outcomes.

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Table of Contents

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

Appendix 1: Mathematical Procedures
Appendix 2: The Quantitative Kinetic Molecular Model
Appendix 3: Spectral Analysis
Appendix 4: Selected Thermodynamic Data
Appendix 5: Equilibrium Constants and Reduction Potentials
Appendix 6: Units and Conversion
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