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    Chemistry - 2e

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    Paul Flowers, Pembroke, North Carolina

    Klaus Theopold, Newark, Delaware

    Richard Langley, Nacogdoches, Texas

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    ISBN 13: 9781947172616

    Publisher: OpenStax

    Language: English

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    Reviewed by Tulay Aygan Atesin, Associate Professor, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley on 5/16/24

    The OpenStax Chemistry- 2e covers core concepts and required course learning outcomes of a two-semester general chemistry course. I have been using it for my general chemistry 1 lecture (Chapter 1 – Chapter 9) in the last three semesters. It is... read more

    Reviewed by Qingsheng Liu, Lecturer, James Madison University on 9/9/23

    This textbook is comprehensive and covers all key topics of general chemistry I and II at a college level. The indices and appendices provided are very friendly. read more

    Reviewed by Amanda Glass, Associate Professor, Johnson County Community College on 6/2/22

    The material covered in this textbook includes what is generally found in a two-semester General Chemistry course textbook, in the appropriate detail. There are also a few "bonus" chapters that people could supplement their regular curriculum with... read more

    Reviewed by Casey Clements, Assistant Professor, Tidewater Community College on 5/17/22

    The OpenStax Chemistry textbook covers all the expected topics for general chemistry 1 and 2 in sufficient depth. This book covers all the required course learning outcomes at my college. Each chapter contains helpful worked examples,... read more

    Reviewed by SATHIAMOORTHY BALASUBRAMANIAN, Chemistry Instructor, Rochester Community & Technical College on 5/1/22

    This is a very comprehensive text book which covers all aspects of General chemistry I and II. It is exhaustive and students can use this book both as a reference and also as a study guide for understanding the concepts of chemistry. read more

    Reviewed by Andrew Zhou, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Grace College on 12/22/21

    I have used this textbook for 2.5 years. The contents are comprehensive and the indices and appendices are very user-friendly. Students generally take the standardized exams for General Chemistry I and General Chemistry I/II. Some students can... read more

    Reviewed by Ashley Garr, Associate Professor, Central College on 6/4/21

    This text contains 21 chapters and covers all material in a typical 2-semester general chemistry course. It is clearly written with chemistry majors in mind. Appendices included with the text are appropriate for a general chemistry course. read more

    Reviewed by Dilip Paul, University Professor, Pittsburg State University on 6/3/21

    This text book covers basic topics of General chemistry I and II that are traditionally taught for science majors in the US. There are a few other specialized topics that are given at the end of the book that can be taught if time permits in... read more

    Reviewed by Sonja Gamby, Assistant Professor, North Shore Community College on 5/25/21

    This text is well laid-out. It is easy to navigate while comprehensive enough for a majors chemistry course. read more

    Reviewed by Dhabih Chulhai, Assistant Professor, University of Indianapolis on 4/20/21

    Chemistry - 2e is a very comprehensive first year (2 semester) text for freshmen general chemistry. Some chapters may be on the lighter side, but this missing information is nothing that an instructor cannot bridge him/herself. read more

    Reviewed by NARESH PANDYA, Assistant Professor, Kapiolani Community College on 4/12/21

    This textbook covers all essential topics normally covered in a one-year general chemistry course taught to both science and non-science majors. The topics are covered in a logical sequence and are consistent with most textbooks. The one topic... read more

    Reviewed by Brad Neal, Associate Professor, University of Indianapolis on 3/23/21

    The text covers all the standard topics you find in a general chemistry text for science majors. I found there were certain sections I had to provide more supplemental materials for students compared to other texts, but it wasn't overly burdensome. read more

    Reviewed by John Sirois, Assistant Professor, University of Alaska Anchorage on 1/7/21, updated 1/10/21

    This book is directly comparable to other references published by major companies such as Pearson Publishing. read more

    Reviewed by Nissa Garcia Ivers, Adjunct Professor, Central Oregon Community College on 12/4/20

    I have used this textbook for a General Chemistry I class and this has everything that is needed to successfully introduce the student to chemistry topics in a general chemistry I class and meets the needs of the learning outcomes of a General... read more

    Reviewed by Helia Morales, Lecturer, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley on 11/19/20

    This book includes material covered in a one-year general chemistry course. read more

    Reviewed by Brooke Woolman, Arapahoe Community College, Arapahoe Community College on 9/28/20

    The book covers all the topics found in a full year general chemistry course and is aimed at chemistry majors and other science majors. It covers all essentials included in the comprehensive ACS exams. The chapters and chapter contents are similar... read more

    Reviewed by Oleksandr Kokhan, Associate Professor, James Madison University on 7/29/20

    The textbook is certainly adequate for a typical 2-semester college-level General Chemistry. It covers all essentials included in the comprehensive ACS exams but also contains some extra topics to use in more customized courses. My only issue is... read more

    Reviewed by Deana Jaber, Associate Professor, Marymount University on 7/18/20

    This is a comprehensive textbook for general chemistry. It covers all areas and topics of the subject matter that would be covered in a two-semester general chemistry sequence. The textbook has an effective index and glossary. The symbols and... read more

    Reviewed by Jay Ratliff, Associate Professor, Limestone University on 7/9/20

    The textbook is appropriate for a college-level, two semester general chemistry sequence. read more

    Reviewed by Ann Cutler, Associate Professor, University of Indianapolis on 6/29/20

    This general chemistry book includes 21 chapters. The topics presented extend through all of the typical curriculum of an ACS-assessed general chemistry full year course. For example, measurement, dimensional analysis, nomenclature, atomic and... read more

    Reviewed by Mohammed Hussoin, Adjunct Professor, Roxbury Community College on 6/24/20

    Comprehensiveness: text covers all areas of Principles of chemistry I and II at Roxbury Community College for two semesters. Chapters are placed appropriately although I would prefer chapter 5 “Thermochemistry” to be placed as chapter 15 just... read more

    Reviewed by Silvia Brossard, Professor, Portland Community College on 6/9/20

    Chemistry - 2e covers all the topics typically taught in General Chemistry classes. The topics are presented in a concise way although the book has over 1300 pages. The text provides an effective index and glossary after every chapter. Examples of... read more

    Reviewed by Kirubel Tekletsadik, Instructor, Metropolitan State University of Denver on 4/23/20

    The text book is comprehensive for science literate person. And also within the text key words are high lighted when clicked on it takes to glossary. read more

    Reviewed by Sarah Payne, Associate Professor of Chemistry, Louisiana College on 4/20/20

    I switched from a top five mainstream publisher text to this text in the Fall of 2019. I did a side by side comparison of topics before switching and was very happy with the initial surface comparison. After using the text for a year, I am still... read more

    Reviewed by Ganesh Ghimire, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, West Virginia University on 4/18/20

    I have been using this book for 2 years in a row. It covers everything to the point it is necessary for undergraduate level chemistry. Chapter outlines, end of the exercises are very easy to navigate. read more

    Reviewed by Peter Barra, Adjunct Professor of Chemistry, Raritan Valley Community College on 4/11/20

    The book is comprehensive and covers the typical topics in a one year general chemistry sequence. It has an index and glossary at the end of each chapter. I would have preferred that it also had a glossary for the entire book for students that... read more

    Reviewed by Dave Erickson, Assistant Teaching Professor, Bowling Green State University on 1/17/20

    This text covers the material that would be expected in two semesters of general chemistry along with more specialized topics that often are omitted from other texts. This text also seems to have an appropriate balance of narrative and background... read more

    Reviewed by Deborah Exton, Tenured Senior Instructor (II), University of Oregon on 6/11/19

    This is a large, comprehensive general chemistry text. It is comparable in coverage to the text we currently use, Chemistry 8/e, by Silberberg and Amateis. As with almost all general chemistry texts, it contains far more content than can be... read more

    Reviewed by Caroline Schneider, Senior Instructor, Louisiana State University on 4/30/19

    **Notes: my comments compare this Open Stax text to the "standard" one we use ("Chemistry: Central Science", by Brown, Lemay, Burnstein, etc. - referred to as "BLB"). This review is for the 1st edition.** This text is over 1300 pages long (at... read more

    Reviewed by Katherine Crowder, Associate Professor, University of Mary Washington on 4/29/19

    The textbook covers all of the standard general chemistry topics and includes tables of thermodynamic properties, acid and base ionization constants, Ksp and Kf values, and standard reduction potentials. Includes a comprehensive index, easy to... read more

    Reviewed by Benjamin Topham, Assistant Professor, Longwood University on 4/12/19

    The text covers the standard topics included in general chemistry in a traditional order and at an appropriate level, if sometimes a bit brief. The glossary in each section will be useful for students to identify and review key terms. There are a... read more

    Reviewed by Jose Cabral, Associate Professor, OhioLink on 3/31/19

    This book is analogous to some very popular general chemistry textbooks, as and deserves serious consideration as an alternative. Its content is quite comprehensive, while the sequence of chapters is quite traditional for non-atom first textbooks.... read more

    Reviewed by Lucas Thompson, Associate Professor, Gettysburg College on 3/15/19

    I am using this textbook this year to teach second semester general chemistry where we cover kinetics, equilibrium, thermodynamics, electrochemistry, and nuclear chemistry. I have found that the book does a good job of covering the basics but I... read more

    Reviewed by Michelle Wiley, Instructor, Linn-Benton Community College on 3/7/19

    This book does a good job of covering the topics that would be covered in a first year chemistry course, but it does not go in as much detail on every topic as many other chemistry textbooks do. read more

    Reviewed by Sarah Porter, Associate Professor, Longwood University on 3/5/19

    In comparing this book to our standard general chemistry text book, it has all of the bases covered. I see a few places where content seems to be a little bit lacking or hard to find (for example, they don't seem to spend much time on solution... read more

    Reviewed by Alan Levine, Instructor, MOBIUS on 1/7/19

    The scope is pretty standard for a GChem text, addressing all the standard topics for a one-year course. I found the summary at the end of each chapter to be better than most. read more

    Reviewed by Zahra Niroobakhsh, Assistant Professor, University of Missouri - Kansas City on 12/14/18

    The textbook is quite comprehensive and covers all the essential information used for Introductory Chemistry. read more

    Reviewed by Robert Kovacich, Chemistry Professor, Columbia Gorge Community College on 11/8/18

    If you are teaching chemistry for science majors this is the textbook you should be using. All content for GenChem classes will be found in the text, it is 1347 pages long, you will find every topic you want to discuss in your class in this... read more

    Reviewed by Adelaide Clark, Assistant Professor, Oregon Institute of Technology on 6/19/18

    This text appears to cover a similar list of topics to those covered in the more expensive text I currently use in my courses. This is good for faculty looking to switch because topics are still covered and there will be a textbook section to... read more

    Reviewed by JING HAO, Assistant Professor, George Fox University on 6/19/18

    This book covers the material that is commonly covered General Chemistry course. The chapter layout are almost the same as other textbooks. It is a fairly comprehensive textbook. read more

    Reviewed by Roger Bontems, Professor, Vermilion Community College on 5/21/18

    The text covers the standard topic for 1 year (2 semester) college chemistry. read more

    Reviewed by Jeffrey Vargason, Associate Professor, George Fox University on 3/27/18

    Overall the book is fairly comprehensive and covers all the material that I teach in general chemistry. read more

    Reviewed by Carlisle Chambers, Professor of Chemistry, George Fox University on 3/27/18

    The OpenStax textbook for college-level General Chemistry provides the typical topics covered in this class. (Atomic theory, stoichiometry, gas laws, electronic structure, bonding theories, equilibrium, thermodynamics, kinetics, electrochemistry,... read more

    Reviewed by Rong Zhang , Instructor, University of South Florida on 3/27/18

    The book is quite comprehensive. It covers all the main topics that are usually covered by General Chemistry (both I and II). The order of these topics is appropriate and easy to follow. The index at the end is pretty long (9 pages), which also... read more

    Reviewed by Kevin Mark, Assistant Professor, LaGuardia Communiy College on 2/1/18

    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 2/1/18

    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 chemical changes, atomic model, ions, nomenclature, Periodic Table, the mole, formulas,... read more

    Reviewed by Matthew Cranswick, Assistant Professor, Colorado State University - Pueblo on 2/1/18

    The text covers all of the basic concepts usually found in general chemistry textbooks, but also delves into advanced topics such as transition metals and coordination chemistry, organic chemistry, and nuclear chemistry. The inclusion of these... read more

    Reviewed by Owen Lofthus, Associate Professor, Virginia Western Community College on 4/11/17

    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 chemistry course, such as coordination compounds and the chemistry of the representative elements. The... read more

    Reviewed by Davida Brown, Associate Professor, George Fox University on 2/8/17

    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 2/8/17

    A side by side comparison of this text and two others currently on the market (Silberberg/Amateis and Atkins/Jones/Laverman) reveal a nearly identical coverage of overall content/subject matter. There are differences in sequencing at times but I... read more

    Reviewed by Krzysztof Kuczera, Professor, University of Kansas on 8/21/16

    The text is quite comprehensive. Standard areas of general chemistry are covered very well, at level above that found in most currently used texts. The numerous and well chosen examples and exercises are well designed to help students master the... read more

    Reviewed by Joseph Villa, Associate Professor, Umpqua Community College on 8/21/16

    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 glossary is complete. There were many subjects included that are not included in my current textbook that... read more

    Reviewed by Benjamin Reynolds, Assistant Professor and Director Chemistry Learning Resource Center, Colorado State University on 1/7/16

    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 general chemistry course. The text also includes an extensive set of appendices including a... read more

    Reviewed by Dean Atkinson, Associate Professor of Chemistry, Portland State University on 1/7/16

    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 the one that we are currently using and the coverage in each subject area is equal to or better... read more

    Reviewed by Julian Tyson, Professor of Chemistry, University of Massachusetts Amherst on 1/7/16

    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 of every chapter is good. read more

    Reviewed by Samuel Keasler, Assistant Professor, Valley City State University on 1/7/16

    The book provides a fairly complete overview of what your would expect to see in a general chemistry textbook. This text provides additional information not directly related to the chemistry content (e.g. portrait of a chemist) that may be... read more

    Reviewed by Ted Picciotto, Chemistry Instructor, Portland Community College - Sylvania on 1/7/16

    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 level examples as well as links to Phet animations and tutorials to help solidify concepts. I... read more

    Table of Contents

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

    Ancillary Material

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    • About the Book

      Chemistry 2e is designed to meet the scope and sequence requirements of the two-semester general chemistry course. The 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 book also includes a number of innovative features, including interactive exercises and real-world applications, designed to enhance student learning. The second edition has been revised to incorporate clearer, more current, and more dynamic explanations, while maintaining the same organization as the first edition. Substantial improvements have been made in the figures, illustrations, and example exercises that support the text narrative.

      About the Contributors


      Senior Contributing Authors

      Paul Flowers, University of North Carolina at Pembroke

      Klaus Theopold, University of Delaware

      Richard Langley, Stephen F. Austin State University

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