Basic Concepts of Chemistry, 9th Edition

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Basic Concepts of Chemistry, 9th Edition

By Leo J. Malone, Theodore O. Dolter

Basic Concepts of Chemistry addresses general chemistry topics with an emphasis on outcomes assessment. Advanced course features include an objectives grid which ties the objectives to examples, assessment exercises, and relevant problems presented in the course. Every concept in the course is clearly illustrated with one or more step-by-step examples. Included essays present timely and engaging real-world applications, emphasizing the relevance of the material the students are learning. Student Workshop activities cater to many different learning styles to engage users in the practical aspects of the material covered in the course.

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    What’s New

  • Chapter Tutorial Problems – multi-part problems that challenge students to solve objective-targeted problems similar to the ones that appear as examples within the text. These problems provide students with a step-by-step feedback on how to approach each part of the problem.
  • Chapter Synthesis Problems – multi-part problems that relate the chapter and its exercises to the real world of science. Each part of the chapter synthesis problem has answer-specific feedback to help guide the students through each step.
  • Office Hour Videos – the authors work through specific end of chapter problems, using a whiteboard with explanatory voice over. Each problem is worked out, with enhancing graphics, in a 2-3 minute video that is designed to provide the same clarification that a student would receive during a lecture or face-to-face meeting.
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Chapter 1. Chemistry and Measurements
Chapter 2. Elements and Compounds
Chapter 3. The Properties of Matter and Energy
Chapter 4. The Periodic Table and Chemical Nomenclature
Chapter 5. Quantities in Chemistry
Chapter 6. Chemical Reactions
Chapter 7. Quantitative Relationships in Chemical Reactions
Chapter 8. Modern Atomic Theory
Chapter 9. The Chemical Bond
Chapter 10. The Gaseous State
Chapter 11. The Solid and Liquid States
Chapter 12. Aqueous Solutions
Chapter 13. Acids, Bases, and Salts
Chapter 14. Oxidation–Reduction Reactions
Chapter 15. Reaction Rates and Equilibrium
Chapter 16. Nuclear Chemistry