Chemistry: Atoms First

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Multiple Authors, OpenStax

Pub Date: 2014

ISBN 13: 978-1-9381681-5-4

Publisher: OpenStax

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Reviewed by Sathiamoorthy Balasubramanian, Chemistry Instructor, Rochester Community and Technical College, on 5/22/2018.

This text book is adequately comprehensive and covers all chapters for two semester general chemistry course. The content is well organized and … read more



Reviewed by Maury Howard, Associate Professor, Virginia Wesleyan University, on 2/2/2018.

Overall, the text covers all of the major areas one would expect in an introductory text book in an atoms first approach. The depth of coverage was … read more



Reviewed by Richard Farrer, Associate Professor - Chemistry, Colorado State University - Pueblo, on 2/2/2018.

The content of the book mirrors that of the majority of general chemistry books on the market. The last few chapters (18-20) are materials that … read more



Reviewed by Alicia Glatfelter, Adjunct Professor, University of North Carolina - Asheville, on 8/16/2017.

All areas typically covered in a two-semester General Chemistry course are included in appropriate detail.… read more



Reviewed by Abha Verma, Asst. Prof., Xavier University of Louisiana, on 6/21/2017.

It is indeed a good book for students who are starting out chemistry at college level because a wide range of learners and students of different … read more



Reviewed by Gary Mort, Chemistry Instructor, Lane Community College, on 6/21/2017.

It's fully and adequately comprehensive. The General Chemistry curriculum is nearly de facto standardized. It's rare to find a text that overshoots … read more



Reviewed by Thomas Sommerfeld, Associate Professor, Southeastern Louisiana University, on 6/21/2017.

The table of context suggests an interesting atoms-first text text for science majors, since the order is a bit more courageous than usual, with … read more



Reviewed by Lanette Upshaw, Assistant Professor, Virginia Western Community College, on 4/12/2017.

The book was very comprehensive. The index and glossary were a great asset and reliable.… read more



Reviewed by Lisa Smith, Chemistry Instructor (Tenured; Non-Ranked Institution), North Hennepin Community College, on 2/9/2017.

I think this textbook covers all areas and ideas of the subject taught in the first two semesters of a college-level general chemistry course. At … read more



Reviewed by Chad Park, Lecturer, University of Arizona, on 2/9/2017.

The text covers all the typical material in an introductory chemistry text. It is completely useful and relevant to a freshman level general … read more



Reviewed by Shoshanna Coon, Associate Professor, University of Northern Iowa, on 2/9/2017.

This text covers all the topics of a typical 2-semester general chemistry sequence for science majors. The order of the topics is designed for an … read more


Table of Contents

  • Chapter 1: Essential Ideas
  • Chapter 2: Atoms, Molecules, and Ions
  • Chapter 3: Electronic Structure and Periodic Properties of Elements
  • Chapter 4: Chemical Bonding and Molecular Geometry
  • Chapter 5: Advanced Theories of Bonding
  • Chapter 6: Composition of Substances and Solutions
  • Chapter 7: Stoichiometry of Chemical Reactions
  • Chapter 8: Gases
  • Chapter 9: Thermochemistry
  • Chapter 10: Liquids and Solids
  • Chapter 11: Solutions and Colloids
  • Chapter 12: Thermodynamics
  • Chapter 13: Fundamental Equilibrium Concepts
  • Chapter 14: Acid-Base Equilibria
  • Chapter 15: Equilibria of Other Reaction Classes
  • Chapter 16: Electrochemistry
  • Chapter 17: Kinetics
  • Chapter 18: Representative Metals, Metalloids, and Nonmetals
  • Chapter 19: Transition Metals and Coordination Chemistry
  • Chapter 20: Nuclear Chemistry
  • Chapter 21: Organic Chemistry

About the Book

Chemistry: Atoms First is a peer-reviewed, openly licensed introductory textbook produced through a collaborative publishing partnership between OpenStax and the University of Connecticut and UConn Undergraduate Student Government Association.

This title is an adaptation of the OpenStax Chemistry text and covers scope and sequence requirements of the two-semester general chemistry course. Reordered to fit an atoms first approach, this title introduces atomic and molecular structure much earlier than the traditional approach, delaying the introduction of more abstract material so students have time to acclimate to the study of chemistry. Chemistry: Atoms First also provides a basis for understanding the application of quantitative principles to the chemistry that underlies the entire course.

About the Contributors


Senior Contributing Authors

Klaus Theopold, University of Delaware
Richard Langley, Stephen F. Austin State University
Edward J. Neth, University of Connecticut
Paul Flowers, University of North Carolina at Pembroke