Higher Education

Introductory Chemistry: A Foundation, 7th Edition

  • Steven S. Zumdahl University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • Donald J. DeCoste University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • ISBN-10: 1439049408  |  ISBN-13: 9781439049402
  • 816 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2008, 2004, 2000
  • © 2011 | Published
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Overview

The Seventh Edition of Zumdahl and DeCoste's best-selling INTRODUCTORY CHEMISTRY: A FOUNDATION that 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.The Seventh Edition now adds a "questioning" pedagogy to in-text examples to help students learn what questions they should be asking themselves while solving problems, offers a revamped art program to better serve visual learners, and includes a significant number of revised end-of-chapter questions. The book's unsurpassed teaching and learning resources include a robust technology package that now offers a choice between OWL: Online Web Learning and Enhanced WebAssign.

Features and Benefits

  • 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 arranged in matched pairs and keyed to chapter sections, additional problems that incorporate material from multiple sections, in-class discussion questions, 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 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).

Table of Contents

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.
17. EQUILIBRIUM.
18. OXIDATION-REDUCTION REACTIONS AND ELECTROCHEMISTRY.
19. RADIOACTIVITY AND NUCLEAR ENERGY.
20. ORGANIC CHEMISTRY.
B21. BIOCHEMISTRY.
APPENDIX.

What's New

  • The book's full color art program has been redrawn and reworked to make figures easier to follow and more aesthetically pleasing. In addition, labeling within the art has been reconfigured for better clarity, glassware illustrations have been updated, and the orbital art has been redesigned.
  • 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.
  • A new section in Chapter 8 explains why it is so important to become a good problem-solver.
  • The authors have revised a significant number of the end-of-chapter questions (approximately 20%).
  • The Seventh 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.

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Instructor Supplements

Introductory Chemistry: A Foundation (High School Edition)  (ISBN-10: 0538740523 | ISBN-13: 9780538740524)

The Seventh Edition of Zumdahl and DeCoste's best-selling INTRODUCTORY CHEMISTRY: A FOUNDATION that 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.The Seventh Edition now adds a "questioning" pedagogy to in-text examples to help students learn what questions they should be asking themselves while solving problems, offers a revamped art program to better serve visual learners, and includes a significant number of revised end-of-chapter questions. The book's unsurpassed teaching and learning resources include a robust technology package that now offers a choice between OWL: Online Web Learning and Enhanced WebAssign.

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Introductory Chemistry  (ISBN-10: 0538736380 | ISBN-13: 9780538736381)

The Seventh Edition of Zumdahl and DeCoste's best-selling INTRODUCTORY CHEMISTRY: A FOUNDATION that 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.The Seventh Edition now adds a "questioning" pedagogy to in-text examples to help students learn what questions they should be asking themselves while solving problems, offers a revamped art program to better serve visual learners, and includes a significant number of revised end-of-chapter questions. The book's unsurpassed teaching and learning resources include a robust technology package that now offers a choice between OWL: Online Web Learning and Enhanced WebAssign.

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Teacher's Complete Solutions Manual  (ISBN-10: 0538736488 | ISBN-13: 9780538736480)

PowerLecture with ExamView® and JoinIn™ Student Response System  (ISBN-10: 0538736437 | ISBN-13: 9780538736435)

This dual-platform CD/DVD-ROM package is an all-in-one digital library and presentation tool with JoinIn classroom response system software and clicker questions, Instructor’s Guide, Instructor’s Guide for Introductory Chemistry in the Laboratory, and Complete Solutions Manual. The ExamView computerized test bank includes 1600 test questions with an additional 500 algorithmic questions. Text-specific PowerPoint® lecture slides cover all key points from the text—and you can enhance them with your own materials or with additional interactive video and animations. Image Libraries (PowerPoint and JPEG formats) including digital files for text art, photographs, and numbered tables allow you to print transparencies or create your own PowerPoint lectures. The CD also includes sample digital files from the Student Solutions Manual and Study Guide, as well as the Chemistry Multimedia Library DVD-ROM, which contains animations, simulations, and movies for all chemistry subjects, organized by topic for lecture presentations.

Online Instructor's Guide for Lab Manual  (ISBN-10: 0538736461 | ISBN-13: 9780538736466)

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Student Supplements

Introductory Chemistry: A Foundation (High School Edition)  (ISBN-10: 0538740523 | ISBN-13: 9780538740524)

The Seventh Edition of Zumdahl and DeCoste's best-selling INTRODUCTORY CHEMISTRY: A FOUNDATION that 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.The Seventh Edition now adds a "questioning" pedagogy to in-text examples to help students learn what questions they should be asking themselves while solving problems, offers a revamped art program to better serve visual learners, and includes a significant number of revised end-of-chapter questions. The book's unsurpassed teaching and learning resources include a robust technology package that now offers a choice between OWL: Online Web Learning and Enhanced WebAssign.

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Introductory Chemistry  (ISBN-10: 0538736399 | ISBN-13: 9780538736398)

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Study Guide  (ISBN-10: 0538736402 | ISBN-13: 9780538736404)

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Enhanced WebAssign Instant Access for Chemistry, Multi-Term Courses  (ISBN-10: 1285858379 | ISBN-13: 9781285858371)

IMPORTANT: When purchasing this instant access code for Chemistry, ensure that you are using it in one of the following courses: General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry or General & Organic and Biological Chemistry. Use with a different course may cause complications with access. Exclusively from Cengage Learning, Enhanced WebAssign combines exceptional mathematics content with the most powerful online homework solution, WebAssign. Enhanced WebAssign engages students with immediate feedback, rich tutorial content, and an interactive, fully customizable eBook, Cengage YouBook helping students to develop a deeper conceptual understanding of their subject matter. This access code includes access to Enhanced WebAssign and life-of-edition access to the eBook for the registered edition of that text. If you need to retake the course and your instructor is using the same book AND edition then you will not need to buy a new code. This instant access code will be delivered via email when purchased. If you are not certain this is the correct access code for your course, please contact your instructor.

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Essential Algebra for Chemistry Students  (ISBN-10: 0495013277 | ISBN-13: 9780495013273)

Available for packaging with any CENGAGE textbook or available separately for a minimal cost at CENGAGEbrain.com, this short book is intended for students who lack confidence and/or competency in the essential mathematics skills necessary to survive in general chemistry. Each chapter focuses on a specific type of skill and has worked-out examples to show how these skills translate to chemical problem solving.

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Bundle: Text + Enhanced WebAssign with eBook Printed Access Card for One Term Math and Science  (ISBN-10: 1428282203 | ISBN-13: 9781428282209)

The Seventh Edition of Zumdahl and DeCoste's best-selling INTRODUCTORY CHEMISTRY: A FOUNDATION that 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.The Seventh Edition now adds a "questioning" pedagogy to in-text examples to help students learn what questions they should be asking themselves while solving problems, offers a revamped art program to better serve visual learners, and includes a significant number of revised end-of-chapter questions. The book's unsurpassed teaching and learning resources include a robust technology package that now offers a choice between OWL: Online Web Learning and Enhanced WebAssign.

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Meet the Author

Author Bio

Steven S. Zumdahl

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 B.S. in Chemistry from Wheaton College (IL), and his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois.

Donald J. DeCoste

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 26 years. He earned his BS in Chemistry and PhD from the University of Illinois, Urbana–Champaign. At UIUC he has developed chemistry courses for nonscience majors, preservice secondary teachers, and preservice elementary teachers. He teaches courses in introductory chemistry and the teaching of chemistry and has received 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.