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


Steve and Susan Zumdahl’s 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 to all aspects of their lives.

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

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

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  • 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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