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    Chemistry: Atoms First - 2e

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    Paul Flowers, Pembroke, North Carolina

    Edward J. Neth, Mansfield, Connecticut

    William R. Robinson

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    ISBN 13: 9781947172630

    Publisher: OpenStax

    Language: English

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    Reviewed by Pandora White, Visiting Assistant Professor, University of the South on 12/18/23

    The text covers all areas expected of a general chemistry book. It does have a great index. read more

    Reviewed by Andrea Verdan, Associate Teaching Professor, Seattle University on 5/23/23

    The textbook covers all the necessary topics for a college/university series of general chemistry courses. It provides sufficient depth in explaining concepts and is suitable for STEM majors. The book offers helpful features like clear models and... read more

    Reviewed by Thiagarajan Soundappan, Associate Professor, Navajo Technical University on 12/18/22

    This textbook covers all the essential areas of the introduction to chemistry read more

    Reviewed by Sen Wang, Lecturer, California State University, Dominguez Hills on 11/1/22

    Need more everyday examples and practice questions. read more

    Reviewed by Emmanuelle Despagnet-Ayoub, Associate Professor, Occidental College on 6/28/22

    The content of Chemistry: Atoms First -2e is aligned with any books covering two-sections of general chemistry. The topics are pretty standard. However, I would have appreciated a more detailed definition of Reversible and Irreversible processes... read more

    Reviewed by Joseph Ngyuen, Professor of Chemistry, Mount Mercy University on 12/25/21

    The book covers all areas expected for a general chemistry course. It is also unique for the authors to combine molarity/concentration within the “mole” chapter, being one of the few books to cover the concept this way. However, it works well in... read more

    Reviewed by Feier Hou, Assistant Professor, Western Oregon University on 6/7/21

    The book is very thorough and comprehensive. It includes all the topics typically taught in a general chemistry class. read more

    Reviewed by Aherial Cofield, Chemistry Instructor, Aiken Technical College on 2/12/21

    The book covers all areas of a typical general chemistry course. An index, glossary, and appendices are included in the book. They are thorough, easy to navigate, and provide the necessary information needed for students to be successful. read more

    Reviewed by Megan Lazorski, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Metropolitan State University of Denver on 9/4/20

    This book covers the basic principles of chemistry in a mostly comprehensive way. The only thing I would note is that some concepts are covered in a bit too much detail for the point at which the concept would be introduced in the course (e.g.... read more

    Reviewed by Begona Bradham, professor, Piedmont Technical College on 8/10/20

    The textbook covers everything needed for college chemistry I and II. read more

    Reviewed by Benjamen Taber, Adjunct Instructor, Central Oregon Community College on 7/3/20

    This book fully covers the General Chemistry sequence, and includes a few "additional" chapter such as ones ones on nuclear chemistry and organic chemistry from which an instructor could add sections (or a student could read to satisfy some... read more

    Reviewed by Philip Shivokevich, Visiting Assistant Professor, University of Massachusetts Amherst on 6/30/20

    Tis book provides good depth for a range of introductory courses, from basic to more advanced major intro courses. Provides an excellent discussion of every topic covered in courses that I've taught, plus a few more. read more

    Reviewed by Gabriele Backes, Instructor, Portland Community College on 6/22/20

    The text is comprehensive and addresses all topics required in a one-year science major’s general chemistry curriculum. The text begins with a nice introduction of how widespread chemistry is and quickly moves into various topics of chemistry.... read more

    Reviewed by Corinne Deibel, Professor of Chemistry, Earlham College on 3/28/20

    I'm impressed with the comprehensiveness of this textbook and how it compares to the published textbook we currently use. Overall, it provides a great alternative. One area that I would like to see expanded is the section on the types of... read more

    Reviewed by Lou Ann Tom, Associate Professor of Chemistry, Susquehanna University on 3/8/20

    I did not see anything inaccurate in my review. More details follow: Chapter 1 provided good coverage of scientific method (it is nice that it is in first chapter), and all the basic Ch 1 topics. The example problems are relevant and good... read more

    Reviewed by Brooke Woolman, Chemistry Lecturer, Metropolitan State University of Denver on 11/20/19

    The book covers all the topics found in a full year general chemistry course and is aimed at chemistry majors and other science majors. The chapters and chapter contents are similar to comparable commercial textbooks. read more

    Reviewed by David Harvey, Professor of Chemistry & Biochemistry, DePauw University on 10/18/19

    This textbook covers all topics typically found in introductory courses in chemistry aimed at chemistry majors and other science majors. The chapters and chapter contents are similar to comparable commercial textbooks. read more

    Reviewed by Ann Taylor, Professor, Wabash College on 7/17/19

    The book covers all the topics found in a full year general chemistry course. There are additional appendices with help for students who need to review mathematical concepts or dimensional (unit) analysis. read more

    Reviewed by Kalani Seu, Associate Professor, Earlham College on 5/14/19

    This text covers all of the major topics for an introductory chemistry course with relevant reference tables and review material when needed. read more

    Reviewed by Divina Miranda, Adjunct Professor, Southern University on 5/1/19

    The textbook is quite comprehensive and covers the major topics in an introductory chemistry course. It provides, index, glossary, and appropriate tables (thermodynamic quantities, equilibrium constants, etc.). read more

    Reviewed by Ray Mohseni, Lab Director/Assistant Professor, East Tennessee State University on 4/22/19

    This text book is comprehensive and covers more materials that what needed for two semesters of general chemistry course. The content is well organized and students with a range of chemistry background can benefit from it. read more

    Reviewed by Melissa Rhoten, Professor, Longwood University on 3/20/19

    This text covers all of the material normally encountered in a year-long general chemistry course. It also includes relevant tables (equilibrium constants, thermodynamic parameters, etc), review of mathematical concepts, and unit conversions. read more

    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 11/30/18

    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 5/21/18

    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 Maury Howard, Associate Professor, Virginia Wesleyan University on 2/1/18

    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 Richard Farrer, Associate Professor - Chemistry, Colorado State University - Pueblo on 2/1/18

    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 Alicia Glatfelter, Adjunct Professor, University of North Carolina - Asheville on 8/15/17

    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 6/20/17

    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 Gary Mort, Chemistry Instructor, Lane Community College on 6/20/17

    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 Thomas Sommerfeld, Associate Professor, Southeastern Louisiana University on 6/20/17

    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 Lanette Upshaw, Assistant Professor, Virginia Western Community College on 4/11/17

    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 2/8/17

    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 Lisa Smith, Chemistry Instructor (Tenured; Non-Ranked Institution), North Hennepin Community College on 2/8/17

    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

    Reviewed by Chad Park, Lecturer, University of Arizona on 2/8/17

    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

    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
    • The Periodic Table
    • Essential Mathematics
    • Units and Conversion Factors
    • Fundamental Physical Constants
    • Water Properties
    • Composition of Commercial Acids and Bases
    • Standard Thermodynamic Properties for Selected Substances
    • 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
    • Chapter 22: Answer Key

    Ancillary Material

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    • About the Book

      Chemistry: Atoms First 2e 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 text is an atoms-first adaptation of OpenStax Chemistry 2e. The intention of “atoms-first” involves a few basic principles: first, it introduces atomic and molecular structure much earlier than the traditional approach, and it threads these themes through subsequent chapters. This approach may be chosen as a way to delay the introduction of material such as stoichiometry that students traditionally find abstract and difficult, thereby allowing students time to acclimate their study skills to chemistry. Additionally, it gives students a basis for understanding the application of quantitative principles to the chemistry that underlies the entire course. It also aims to center the study of chemistry on the atomic foundation that many will expand upon in a later course covering organic chemistry, easing that transition when the time arrives.

      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

      Edward J. Neth, University of Connecticut

      William R. Robinson, PhD

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