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Overview

The Eighth Edition of Zumdahl and DeCoste's best-selling BASIC CHEMISTRY, 8e combines enhanced problem-solving structure with substantial pedagogy to enable students to become strong independent problem solvers in the introductory course and beyond. Capturing student interest through early coverage of chemical reactions, accessible explanations and visualizations, and an emphasis on everyday applications, the authors explain chemical concepts by starting with the basics, using symbols or diagrams, and conclude by encouraging students to test their own understanding of the solution. This step-by-step approach has already helped hundreds of thousands of students master chemical concepts and develop problem-solving skills. The book is known for its focus on conceptual learning and for the way it motivates students by connecting chemical principles to real-life experiences in chapter-opening discussions and "Chemistry in Focus" boxes (with many new ones added). Almost all of the in-text examples are now "Interactive Examples" and available online. These computer-based examples throughout the text require students to think through the Example step-by-step rather than simply scan the written Example in the text as many students do. New "Critical Thinking" boxes have been added. Many images have been significantly updated according to a new art style program to better serve visual learners. The Chapter Review section has been reorganized with a new structure along with a major revision to the review content. Key Terms have been updated throughout. A significant number of end-of-chapter questions have been added and revised. A new end-of-chapter question section titled "ChemWork" has been added and students can work on these types of problems online.

Steven S. Zumdahl, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Steve Zumdahl is the author of market-leading textbooks in introductory chemistry, general chemistry, honors-level chemistry, and high school chemistry. Recently retired from his long-time position as Director of Undergraduate Programs at the University of Illinois, he has received numerous awards for his contributions to chemical education. These include the National Catalyst Award in recognition of his contribution to chemical education, the University of Illinois Teaching Award, the UIUC Liberal Arts and Sciences Advising Award, and the School of Chemical Sciences Teaching Award (five times). He earned his BS in Chemistry from Wheaton College (IL), and his PhD from the University of Illinois.

Donald J. DeCoste, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Donald J. DeCoste is Associate Director of General Chemistry at the University of Illinois, Urbana–Champaign, and has been teaching chemistry at the high school and college levels for over 25 years. He earned his BS in Chemistry and PhD from the University of Illinois, Urbana–Champaign. At UIUC he teaches courses in introductory chemistry and the teaching of chemistry and has developed chemistry courses for non-science majors, preservice secondary teachers, and preservice elementary teachers. He has received the LAS Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, the Provost’s Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award, and the School of Chemical Sciences Teaching Award four times. Don has led workshops for secondary teachers and graduate student teaching assistants, discussing the methods and benefits of getting students more actively involved in class. When not involved in teaching and advising, Don enjoys spending time with his wife and three children.
  • In Chapter 9, the treatment of stoichiometry has been enhanced by the addition of a new section on limiting reactants, which emphasizes calculating the amounts of products that can be obtained from each reactant. Students are taught how to select a limiting reactant both by comparing the amounts of reactants present and by calculating the amounts of products that can be formed by complete consumption of each reactant.
  • Interactive Examples, new for this edition, were added to engage students in the problem solving process as they are reading the text. These Interactive Examples require student input for each step in the example. The computer asks questions in the same way a teacher would when explaining a new concept.
  • Critical Thinking questions have been added throughout the text to emphasize the importance of conceptual learning. These are particularly useful for generating class discussion.
  • New ChemWork end-of chapter problems have been added throughout the text. These problems test students' understanding of core concepts from each chapter. Students who need help can get assistance through a series of online hints. The hints are usually in the form of interactive questions that guide students through the problem-solving process. Students cannot receive the correct answer from the computer; rather, it encourages students to continue working through the hints to arrive at the answer.
  • ChemWork problems in the text can be worked using the online system or as pencil-and-paper problems.
  • Many of the Chemistry in "Focus" boxes have been revised and new ones added with up-to-date topics such as Gorilla glass, nanocars, and using breath analysis to diagnose disease.
  • The #1 online homework and learning system for chemistry, OWLv2, is available for this text--now with new instructor features and enhanced functionality: a Dashboard that consolidates all course materials; easy, intuitive assignment creation and management; ability to preview and select activities/questions for each assignment; new assignment settings and options; improved gradebook; Personalized Study tools to help students focus their time on the key concepts and skills; and MindTap Reader™, a new eBook with apps and embedded video, audio, annotations, and activities. OWLv2 courses for Gen Chem, GOB, and Liberal Arts now include Quick Prep essential skills assignments that can be taken before the semester begins or during the first few weeks, to help students succeed in the course. For this course, OWLv2 also includes new interactive versions of the end-of-chapter questions from the text and new iPad-compatible ChemWork activities, visualizations, tutorials, and simulations.
  • Almost all of the in-text examples are now "Interactive Examples" and available online. These computer-based examples throughout the text require students to think through the Example step-by-step rather than simply scan the written Example in the text as many students do.
  • New "Critical Thinking" boxes have been added at point-of-use throughout the text to emphasize the importance of conceptual learning. These are particularly useful for generating class discussion.
  • In Section 8.4 "Learning to Solve Problems" is written specifically to help students better understand how to think their way through a problem.
  • In Chapter 9, the treatment of stoichiometry has been enhanced by the addition of a new section on limiting reactants, which emphasizes calculating the amounts of products that can be obtained from each reactant. Students are taught how to select a limiting reactant both by comparing the amounts of reactants present and by calculating the amounts of products that can be formed by complete consumption of each reactant.
  • The authors have revised a significant number of the end-of-chapter questions (over 10%) while adding a new section for ChemWork problems, which are also available online.
  • The Eighth Edition is now supported by both OWL: Online Web Learning, the number one online learning system for chemistry, and Enhanced WebAssign. Both are available with e-books.
  • Exercises and models such as worked-out examples, self-check exercises, and skill development boxes support the authors' step-by-step problem-solving method.
  • End-of-chapter material includes key terms, a summary of important facts, questions and problems are arranged in matched pairs and keyed to chapter sections, additional problems that incorporate material from multiple sections, in-class discussion questions, new ChemWork problems, and "Cumulative Reviews" that test concepts from preceding chapters.
  • The text builds and refreshes fundamental math skills such as scientific notation, rounding, and rearranging equations. In addition, Math Tips, indicated by icons throughout, help students as they perform calculations.
  • The textbook was given a thorough review and reworded in some places to enhance the content. Many margin notes were subsumed into the core text in this process. All key terms were checked and updated as needed.
  • The book is also available in alternative versions: BASIC CHEMISTRY, which covers chemical concepts and applications through acids and bases (Chapters 1-16) and INTRODUCTORY CHEMISTRY, which also covers equilibrium, oxidation-reduction reactions, electrochemistry, radioactivity, and nuclear energy (Chapters 1-19).
  • The book's full color art program has been modified and updated as needed to better serve visual learners. In addition, the art has been reconfigured for better clarity, glassware illustrations have been updated, and the orbital art has been redesigned all according to a new art and style program. Many new photos have been updated to give the textbook more relevance while also providing a contemporary look.
  • The text's hallmark problem-solving pedagogy is enhanced by in-text examples that suggest what questions the students should be asking as they solve problems.
1. Chemistry: An Introduction.
2. Measurements and Calculations.
3. Matter.
4. Chemical Foundations: Elements, Atoms, and Ions.
5. Nomenclature.
6. Chemical Reactions: An Introduction.
7. Reactions in Aqueous Solutions.
8. Chemical Composition.
9. Chemical Quantities.
10. Energy.
11. Modern Atomic Theory.
12. Chemical Bonding.
13. Gases.
14. Liquids and Solids.
15. Solutions.
16. Acids and Bases.
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Online Instructor's Guide for Lab Manual

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Lab Manual for Zumdahl/DeCoste’s Introductory Chemistry: A Foundation, 8th

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Study Guide for Zumdahl/DeCoste’s Introductory Chemistry: A Foundation, 8th

ISBN: 9781285845173
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Student Solutions Manual for Zumdahl/DeCoste’s Introductory Chemistry: A Foundation, 8th

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Introductory Chemistry: A Foundation, 8th: Annotated Instructor’s Edition

ISBN: 9781285453187
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