Foundations of College Chemistry, 15th Edition

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Foundations of College Chemistry, 15th Edition

By Morris Hein, Susan Arena, and Cary Willard

Foundations of College Chemistry is praised for its accuracy, clear no-nonsense approach, and direct style. Foundations’ straightforward explanations focus on problem solving. Its comprehensive scope, proven track record and outstanding examples and problem sets were all designed to provide instructors with a solid foundation while not overwhelming students in a difficult course.

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Morris Hein earned his Ph.D. at the University of Colorado, Boulder. He was professor emeritus of Chemistry at Mt. San Antonio College where he regularly taught the preparatory chemistry course and organic chemistry. He was the original author of Foundations of College Chemistry, and his name has become synonymous with clarity, meticulous accuracy, and a step-by-step approach that students can follow. Morris passed away in late 2014 and was actively working on our courses until the very end. His sharp eyes and attention to detail will be sorely missed.

Susan Arena earned a BS and MA in Chemistry at California State University-Fullerton. She has taught science and mathematics at all levels, including middle school, high school, community college, and university. At the University of Illinois, she developed a program for increasing the retention of minorities and women in science and engineering. This program focused on using active learning and peer teaching to encourage students to excel in the sciences. She has coordinated and led workshops and programs for science teachers from elementary through college levels that encourage and support active learning and creative science teaching techniques. For several years she was director of an Institute for Chemical Education (ICE) field center in Southern California. In addition to Foundations of College Chemistry, 15th edition, she is co-author of Introduction to General, Organic and Biochemistry, 10th Edition. Susan enjoys reading, knitting, traveling, classic cars, and gardening in her spare time when she is not playing with her grandchildren.

Cary Willard received her BS in chemistry from California State Polytechnic Institute, Pomona, and her Ph.D. from the University of California, Davis. She has been teaching chemistry at Grossmont College in El Cajon, California for over 20 years. She teaches chemistry courses for both science and non-science majors. Her biggest successes are the students who come into chemistry afraid of the subject and leave having discovered that chemistry really is fun. Her interest in sharing the excitement of science with the community resulted in Grossmont College hosting a Science Festival, multiple Science Decathlons, model airplane flying, and robotics competitions. Cary is also a member of the BE WiSE (Better Education for Women in Science and Engineering) steering committee and works with the group to share the excitement of scientific research with a new generation of young women. In her spare time, Cary enjoys exploring the San Diego region both on foot and in her kayak.

1. An Introduction to Chemistry

2. Standards for Measurement

3. Elements and Compounds

4. Properties of Matter

5. Early Atomic Theory and Structure

6. Nomenclature of Inorganic Compounds

7. Quantitative Composition of Compounds

8. Chemical Equations

9. Calculations from Chemical Equations

10. Modern Atomic Theory and the Periodic Table

11. Chemical Bonds: The Formation of Compounds from Atoms

12. The Gaseous State of Matter

13. Liquids

14. Solutions

15. Acids, Bases, and Salts

16. Chemical Equilibrium

17. Oxidation-Reduction

18. Nuclear Chemistry

19. Introduction to Organic Chemistry (ONLINE ONLY)

20. Introduction to Biochemistry (ONLINE ONLY)

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