Synopses & Reviews
Steve and Susan Zumdahl'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 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 p
About the Author
Steven S. Zumdahl earned a B.S. in Chemistry from Wheaton College (IL) and a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He has been a faculty member at the University of Colorado-Boulder, Parkland College (IL), and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) where he is Professor Emeritus. He has received numerous awards including the National Catalyst Award for Excellence in Chemical Education, the University of Illinois Teaching Award, the UIUC Liberal Arts and Sciences Award for Excellence in Teaching, UIUC Liberal Arts and Sciences Advising Award, and the School of Chemical Sciences Teaching award (five times). He is the author of several chemistry textbooks. In his leisure time he enjoys traveling and collecting classic cars. Susan L. 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. At the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, she developed a program for increasing the retention of minorities and women in science and engineering. This program focused on using active learning and peer teaching to encourage students to excel in the sciences. She has coordinated and led workshops and programs for science teachers from elementary through college levels. These programs encourage and support active learning and creative techniques for teaching science. For several years she was director of an Institute for Chemical Education (ICE) field center in Southern California, and she has authored several chemistry textbooks. Susan spearheaded the development of a sophisticated Web-based electronic homework system for teaching chemistry. Susan enjoys traveling, classic cars, and gardening in her spare time when she is not playing with her grandchildren.
Table of Contents
Review Chapter: Measurement and Calculations in Chemistry. 1. Chemical Foundations. 2. Atomic Structure and Periodicity. 3. Atoms to Molecules. 4. Bonding: General Concepts. 5. Molecular Structure and Orbitals. 6. Chemical Energy. 7. Gases. 8. Liquids and Solids. 9. Stoichiometry. 10. Types of Chemical Reactions and Solution Stoichiometry. 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: SI Units and Conversion Factors. Appendix 2: Mathematical Procedures. Appendix 3: The Quantitative Kinetic Molecular Model Appendix 4: Spectral Analysis Appendix 5: Selected Thermodynamic Data Appendix 6: Equilibrium Constants and Reduction Potentials