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Chemistry: Atoms First

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Multiple Authors, OpenStax

Pub Date: 2014

ISBN 13: 9781938168154

Publisher: OpenStax

Language: English

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Reviewed by Joseph Villa, Associate Professor, Umpqua Community College on 1/24/19

The text was very comprehensive. Chemistry: Atoms First serves as an effective introduction to physical science techniques and manners of thinking. All of the material included in a traditional two-semester general chemistry course is here. read more


Reviewed by Chris Saunders, Clinical Assistant Professor, Boise State University on 1/10/19

This is book is fairly well representative of what you will find in most Atoms First textbooks. There is plenty of coverage of the fundamental topics that you would expect in a full year of chemistry at most institutions. Later chapters provide... read more


Reviewed by Alan Szeto, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Fort Hays State University on 12/1/18

Being a textbook at the "General Chemistry" level, CHEMISTRY: ATOMS FIRST carries the hallmark of any book bearing "General Chemistry" in its title in terms of having 20 or so chapters (which can be easily divided into two halves for a... read more


Reviewed by Sathiamoorthy Balasubramanian, Chemistry Instructor, Rochester Community and Technical College on 5/22/18

This text book is adequately comprehensive and covers all chapters for two semester general chemistry course. The content is well organized and explained clearly. This text book will be useful even to those students who don’t have any chemistry... read more


Reviewed by Richard Farrer, Associate Professor - Chemistry, Colorado State University - Pueblo on 2/2/18

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 would lead to future courses. The last few chapters (18-21) are associated with focus on specific... read more


Reviewed by Maury Howard, Associate Professor, Virginia Wesleyan University on 2/2/18

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 appropriate to first year college students even at varied skill levels. There were only minor... read more


Reviewed by Alicia Glatfelter, Adjunct Professor, University of North Carolina - Asheville on 8/16/17

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 6/21/17

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 backgrounds can follow it. Graphic Visualizations along with some other audio tools, make this book... read more


Reviewed by Thomas Sommerfeld, Associate Professor, Southeastern Louisiana University on 6/21/17

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 thermodynamics very early and kinetics last, but I think this is an approach well worth trying out.... read more


Reviewed by Gary Mort, Chemistry Instructor, Lane Community College on 6/21/17

It's fully and adequately comprehensive. The General Chemistry curriculum is nearly de facto standardized. It's rare to find a text that overshoots the mark (unless, and they're labelled as such) for an "Honors" class -- usually, ironically as a... read more


Reviewed by Lanette Upshaw, Assistant Professor, Virginia Western Community College on 4/12/17

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


Reviewed by Shoshanna Coon, Associate Professor, University of Northern Iowa on 2/9/17

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 "atoms first" approach, as the title indicates. {This text is a derivative of openstax Chemistry by... read more


Reviewed by Chad Park, Lecturer, University of Arizona on 2/9/17

The text covers all the typical material in an introductory chemistry text. It is completely useful and relevant to a freshman level general chemistry course. I would like to see a chapter on green chemistry and perhaps a bit more biologically... read more


Reviewed by Lisa Smith, Chemistry Instructor (Tenured; Non-Ranked Institution), North Hennepin Community College on 2/9/17

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 the end of each chapter there is a glossary as well as key equations to help the students organize... 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