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 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



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 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 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


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