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Pub Date: 2015

ISBN 13: 978-1-9381683-9-0

Publisher: OpenStax

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Reviewed by Kevin Mark, Assistant Professor, LaGuardia Communiy College, on 2/2/2018.

Yes, the book covers all the material that is covered is the same as our current General Chemistry 1 textbook.… read more



Reviewed by Alan Jircitanp, Associate Professor of Chemistry, Penn State Behrend College, on 2/2/2018.

This book is as good as any printed Chemistry Textbook. It has an index that lists all (and more) fundamentals of chemistry: Phases, physical and … read more



Reviewed by Matthew Cranswick, Assistant Professor, Colorado State University - Pueblo, on 2/2/2018.

The text covers all of the basic concepts usually found in general chemistry textbooks, but also delves into advanced topics such as transition … read more



Reviewed by Owen Lofthus, Associate Professor, Virginia Western Community College, on 4/12/2017.

This textbook has a thorough coverage of general chemistry, and has good coverage of subject matter I rarely am able to touch on in a general … read more



Reviewed by Davida Brown, Associate Professor, George Fox University, on 2/9/2017.

The book is quite comprehensive and covers all the material I want it to.… read more



Reviewed by Jeannine Eddleton, Advanced Instructor, Virginia Tech, on 2/9/2017.

A side by side comparison of this text and two others currently on the market (Silberberg/Amateis and Atkins/Jones/Laverman) reveal a nearly … read more



Reviewed by Krzysztof Kuczera, Professor, University of Kansas, on 8/22/2016.

The text is quite comprehensive. Standard areas of general chemistry are covered very well, at level above that found in most currently used texts. … read more



Reviewed by Joseph Villa, Associate Professor, Umpqua Community College, on 8/22/2016.

This book is an excellent as a choice for a one quarter or two quarter chemistry class. The subjects cover all the essential information. The … read more



Reviewed by Dean Atkinson, Associate Professor of Chemistry, Portland State University, on 1/8/2016.

This textbook covers all of the typical areas addressed in the (many) General Chemistry texts that are on the market. The layout is very similar to … read more



Reviewed by Julian Tyson, Professor of Chemistry, University of Massachusetts Amherst, on 1/8/2016.

Within the confines of the two-semester, general chemistry sequence, the text is comprehensive. Index is a mess. Glossary of key terms at the end … read more



Reviewed by Samuel Keasler, Assistant Professor, Valley City State University, on 1/8/2016.

The book provides a fairly complete overview of what your would expect to see in a general chemistry textbook. This text provides additional … read more



Reviewed by Ted Picciotto, Chemistry Instructor, Portland Community College - Sylvania, on 1/8/2016.

The textbook covers all areas one would expect in a general chemistry textbook. I really liked how in many of the sections there were great particle … read more



Reviewed by Benjamin Reynolds, Assistant Professor and Director Chemistry Learning Resource Center, Colorado State University, on 1/8/2016.

The text is very comprehensive and includes all of the content areas expected in a comprehensive general chemistry textbook for use in a two-semester … read more


Table of Contents

  • Essential Ideas
  • Atoms, Molecules, and Ions
  • Stoichiometry of Substances and Mixtures
  • Stoichiometry of Chemical Reactions
  • Thermochemistry
  • Electronic Structure and Periodic Properties of Elements
  • Chemical Bonding and Molecular Geometry
  • Advanced Theories of Covalent Bonding
  • Gases
  • Liquids and Solids
  • Solutions and Colloids
  • Kinetics
  • Fundamental Equilibrium Concepts
  • Acid-Base Equilibria
  • Equilibria of Other Reaction Classes
  • Thermodynamics
  • Electrochemistry
  • Representative Metals, Metalloids, and Nonmetals
  • Transition Metals and Coordination Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Nuclear Chemistry
  • The Periodic Table of Elements
  • Essential Mathematics
  • Unit and Conversion Factors
  • Fundamental Physical Constants
  • Water Properties
  • Composition of Commercial Acids and Bases 
  • Standard Enthalpies of Formation, Standard Free Energies of Formation, and Absolute Standard Entropies
  • Ionization Constants of Weak Acids
  • Ionization Constants of Weak Bases
  • Solubility Products
  • Formation Constants for Complex Ions
  • Standard Electrode (Half-Cell) Potentials
  • Half-Lives for Several Radioactive Isotopes

About the Book

Chemistry is designed for the two-semester general chemistry course. For many students, this course provides the foundation to a career in chemistry, while for others, this may be their only college-level science course. As such, this textbook provides an important opportunity for students to learn the core concepts of chemistry and understand how those concepts apply to their lives and the world around them. The text has been developed to meet the scope and sequence of most general chemistry courses. At the same time, the book includes a number of innovative features designed to enhance student learning. A strength of Chemistry is that instructors can customize the book, adapting it to the approach that works best in their classroom.

OpenStax College has compiled many resources for faculty and students, from faculty-only content to interactive homework and study guides.

About the Contributors


Senior Contributors 
Paul Flowers, PhD, University of North Carolina - Pembroke
Klaus Theopold, PhD, University of Delaware
Richard Langley, PhD, Stephen F. Austin State University

Mark Blaser, Shasta College
Don Carpenetti, Craven Community College
Simon Bott, University of Houston
Andrew Eklund, Alfred University
Don Frantz, Wilfrid Laurier University
Paul Hooker, Westminster College
George Kaminski, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Jennifer Look, Mercer University
Carol Martinez, Central New Mexico Community College
Troy Milliken, Jackson State University
Jason Powell, Ferrum College
Vicki Moravec, Trine University
Tom Sorensen, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee