Introductory Chemistry

(9 reviews)


David Ball, Cleveland State University

Pub Date: 2011

ISBN 13: 978-1-4533110-7-3

Publisher: Saylor Foundation

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Reviewed by Dr. Hugh Cartwright, Sessional Lecturer, University of Victoria and at Camosun, on 10/10/2013.

I should start by making clear that I reviewed the text in hardcopy form. A quick check suggests that the hardcopy version, the pdf version and … read more



Reviewed by Christine Tong, Professor, Vancouver Island University, on 10/10/2013.

In general this textbook has neither the breadth nor depth of content to satisfy the first year chemistry curriculum for B.Sc. student. The … read more



Reviewed by Marten Lettinga, Lecturer, Thompson Rivers University, on 10/10/2013.

The textbook does not have a glossary, index or table of contents. This textbook is not in depth enough for science majors. However, it might … read more



Reviewed by Matthew Jensen, Part-time Instructor, University of Northern British Columbia, on 10/10/2013.

On the whole, this textbook reads at the high school level at best. Though most of the topics necessary in a first year chemistry course at the … read more



Reviewed by Daniel Crane, Professor of Chemistry , University of Northwestern - Saint Paul, on 6/11/2015.

This book is intended for students who have never studied chemistry previously; it is not aimed at science majors in higher education. The topics … read more



Reviewed by Carlos Olivo, Instructor, Colorado State University, on 1/8/2016.

Text covers all the main areas of general chemistry. However, there is lack of picutres in some topics so that students understand the concepts.… read more



Reviewed by Matthew Rail, Adjunct Chemistry Instructor, Portland Community College, on 8/22/2016.

Given the book's title (Introductory Chemistry), I would say that it successfully attempts to cover most topics which I would associate with an … read more



Reviewed by Jason Powell, Associate Professor of Chemistry and Physics, Ferrum College, on 2/9/2017.

The topics listed in the Table of Contents are fairly typical of a textbook aimed at an Introductory Chemistry audience. Upon closer examination, … read more



Reviewed by Mary Coville, Adjunct Instructor, Lane Community College, on 6/21/2017.

I think this book does a great job of covering almost every topic that you would expect to be taught in an introductory/preparatory chemistry class. … read more


Table of Contents

  • Chapter 1: What Is Chemistry?
  • Chapter 2: Measurements
  • Chapter 3: Atoms, Molecules, and Ions
  • Chapter 4: Chemical Reactions and Equations
  • Chapter 5: Stoichiometry and the Mole
  • Chapter 6: Gases
  • Chapter 7: Energy and Chemistry
  • Chapter 8: Electronic Structure
  • Chapter 9: Chemical Bonds
  • Chapter 10: Solids and Liquids
  • Chapter 11: Solutions
  • Chapter 12: Acids and Bases
  • Chapter 13: Chemical Equilibrium
  • Chapter 14: Oxidation and Reduction
  • Chapter 15: Nuclear Chemistry
  • Chapter 16: Organic Chemistry


About the Book

David W. Ball of Cleveland State University brings his new survey of general chemistry text, Introductory Chemistry, to the market with a fresh theme that will be sure to hold student interest: "Chemistry is Everywhere." Introductory Chemistry is intended for a one-semester introductory or preparatory chemistry course. Throughout the chapters, David presents two features that reinforce the theme of the textbook, that chemistry is everywhere.

The first is the boxed feature titled, appropriately, ”Chemistry is Everywhere“. This feature takes a topic of the chapter and demonstrates how this topic shows up in everyday life. In the introductory chapter, ”Chemistry is Everywhere“ focuses on the personal hygiene products that students may use every morning: toothpaste, soap, shampoo among others. These products are chemicals, aren’t they? This book explores some of the chemical reactions like the ones that give students clean and healthy teeth, and shiny hair. This feature makes it clear to students that chemistry is, indeed, everywhere, and it will promote student retention in what is sometimes considered an intimidating course.

The second boxed feature focuses on chemistry that students likely indulge in every day: eating and drinking. In the ”Food and Drink App“, David discusses how the chemistry of the chapter applies to things that students eat and drink every day. Carbonated beverages depend on the behavior of gases, foods contain acids and bases, and everyone actually eats certain rocks. (Yikes!) Cooking, eating, drinking, metabolism — all chemical processes students are involved with all the time.

These features allow students to see the things we interact with every day in a new light — as chemistry.

Just like many of the one-semester chemistry books you may be used to, each section in David Ball's starts with one or more Learning Objectives, which list the main points of the section. Each section ends with Key Takeaways, which are reviews of the main points of the section. Each chapter is full of examples to illustrate the key points of the materials, and each example is followed with a similar ”Test Yourself“ exercise to see if the student understands the concept. Each section ends with its own set of paired exercises to practice the material from that section, and each chapter ends with a section of ”Additional Exercises“ that are more challenging or require multiple steps or skills to answer.

David took the time to treat mathematical problems in Introductory Chemistry one of two ways, either as a conversion-factor problem or as a formula problem. David believes having two basic mathematical approaches (converting and formulas) allows the text to focus on the logic of the approach and not tricks or shortcuts; which speaks to the final point about Introductory Chemistry. You'll notice that David took no shortcuts with the material in this text, his inviting writing style, concise approach, consistent presentation, and interesting pedagogy have given it some of the best peer reviews we've seen at Flat World. So, order a desk copy or dive in now to see for yourself.

About the Contributors


Dr. David W. Ball is a professor of chemistry at Cleveland State University in Ohio. He earned his PhD from Rice University in Houston, Texas. His specialty is physical chemistry, which he teaches at the undergraduate and graduate levels. About 50 percent of his teaching is in general chemistry: chemistry for nonscience majors, GOB, and general chemistry for science and engineering majors. In addition to this text, he is the author of a math review book for general chemistry students, a physical chemistry textbook with accompanying student and instructor solutions manuals, and two books on spectroscopy (published by SPIE Press). He is coauthor of a general chemistry textbook (with Dan Reger and Scott Goode), whose third edition was published in January 2009. His publication list has over 180 items, roughly evenly distributed between research papers and articles of educational interest.