This innovative, pedagogically driven text explains difficult concepts in a student-oriented manner. The book offers a rigorous and accessible treatment of general chemistry in the context of relevance. Chemistry is presented visually through multi-level images--macroscopic, molecular and symbolic representations--helping students see the connections among the formulas (symbolic), the world around them (macroscopic), and the atoms and molecules that make up the world (molecular). Among other revisions, the Second Edition offers a crisp new design, adds more challenging problems, and significantly revises coverage of electrochemistry.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Matter, Measurement, and Problem Solving Chapter 2 Atoms and Elements Chapter 3 Molecules, Compounds, and Chemical Equations Chapter 4 Chemical Quantities and Aqueous Reactions Chapter 5 Gases Chapter 6 Thermochemistry Chapter 7 The Quantum-Mechanical Model of the Atom Chapter 8 Periodic Properties of the Elements Chapter 9 Chemical Bonding I: Lewis Theory Chapter 10 Chemical Bonding II: Molecular Shapes, Valence Bond Theory, and Molecular Orbital Theory Chapter 11 Liquids, Solids, and Intermolecular Forces Chapter 12 Solutions Chapter 13 Chemical Kinetics Chapter 14 Chemical Equilibrium Chapter 15 Acids and Bases Chapter 16 Aqueous Ionic Equilibrium Chapter 17 Free Energy and Thermodynamics Chapter 18 Electrochemistry Chapter 19 Radioactivity and Nuclear Chemistry Chapter 20 Organic Chemistry Chapter 21 Biochemistry Chapter 22 Chemistry of the Nonmetals Chapter 23 Metals and Metallurgy Chapter 24 Transition Metals and Coordination Compounds
Nivaldo Tro is Professor of Chemistry at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California, where he has been a faculty member since 1990. He received his Ph.D. in chemistry from Stanford University, for work on developing and using optical techniques to study the adsorption and desorption of molecules to and from surfaces in ultrahigh vacuum. He then went on to the University of California at Berkeley, where he did post-doctoral research on ultra-fast reaction dynamics in solution. Since coming to Westmont, Professor Tro has been awarded grants from the American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund, from Research Corporation, and from the National Science Foundation to study the dynamics of various processes occurring in thin adlayer films adsorbed on dielectric surfaces. He has twice been honored as Westmont's outstanding teacher of the year and has also received the college's outstanding researcher of the year award. Professor Tro lives in Santa Barbara with his wife, Ann, and their four children, Michael, Ali, Kyle, and Kaden. In his leisure time, Professor Tro enjoys reading good literature to his children and being outdoors with his family.