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CHEM delivers exactly what today's students need --and want. Based on student and faculty feedback from nationwide interviews and focus groups, CHEM was developed through a "student-tested, faculty-approved" process. The result is a concise, engaging, and accessible textbook that presents the basic chemical principles faculty require within a framework of relevant, real world applications that liberal arts students can relate to. Delivered at a value price, CHEM accommodates the diverse lifestyles of today's learners, features a modern, open page design, and includes a wide array of print and online learning aids, including chapter-by-chapter study cards, self-quizzes, interactive flash cards, Go Chemistry and Thinkwell mini-video lectures, and online homework available through the OWL learning system.

Melvin Joesten, Vanderbilt University

Melvin D. Joesten, Emeritus, Professor of Chemistry and Education at Vanderbilt University, received his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois. His interests included chemical education for the college liberal arts student, chemical education for college science and engineering students, and K-12 science education with emphasis on pre-service and in-service programs for teachers.

John L. Hogg, Texas A&M University

John L. Hogg was Professor of Chemistry and Thamann Professor of Undergraduate Teaching Excellence at Texas A&M University. He received his B.S. degree in chemistry at Southwestern State College in Oklahoma, his Ph.D. from the University of Kansas, and joined the faculty at Texas A&M University in 1975. He has about 40 publications in the general areas of physical organic and bioorganic chemistry. He has received numerous teaching awards, including the Texas A&M University Association of Former Students Faculty Distinguished Achievement Awards in Teaching, College of Science teaching award (2002) and the Mervin and Annette Peters Advising Award as the outstanding undergraduate faculty advisor at Texas A&M in 2004. Dr. Hogg was one of the first four faculty members at Texas A&M to receive the title of University Professor of Undergraduate Teaching Excellence (1996), and he was honored with a named professorship in 2002. John passed away suddenly in 2008, and we dedicate this revision to his memory.

Donald R. Neu, Saint Cloud State University

Donald R. Neu, Professor of Chemistry at Saint Cloud State University, MN, received his B.S. From Minnesota State University-Mankato and his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison under the direction of Arthur B. Ellis. He worked with the Institute of Chemical Education to develop multiple teaching tools still widely used today to teach aspects of materials chemistry. He joined the faculty at Saint Cloud State University in 1993 , where he teaches Liberal Arts Chemistry, General Chemistry, Nuclear Chemistry, and Inorganic Chemistry . His interests include chemical education with the emphasis on utilizing technology to improve student performance, and conceptual understanding in Chemistry.
  • Shorter, comprehensive chapters in a modern design, along with a wealth of print and online teaching and learning aids, make this book ideal for today's students.
  • Detachable "Chapter in Review" cards give students a portable study tool packed with pertinent information they can use to prepare for class.
  • Detachable "Instructor Prep" cards make class prep quick and easy and include a quick map of chapter content, a list of corresponding PowerPoint and video resources, additional examples, and suggested assignments and discussion questions.
  • Learning tools designed to meet a wide range of learning styles include interactive quizzes, animations, videos, interactive and printable flashcards, and additional essays.
  • Relevant, real- life applications feature such topics as the nutritional basis of healthy living, medicines and drugs, pollution & the conservation of natural resources, and the agricultural production of food for an ever-expanding world population.
1. Living in a World of Chemistry.
2. The Chemical View of Matter.
3. Atoms and the Periodic Table.
4. The Air We Breathe and Some Major Atmospheric Pollutants.
5. Chemical Bonding and States of Matter.
6. Carbon Dioxide and the Greenhouse Effect.
7. Chlorofluorocarbons and the Ozone Layer.
8. Chemical Reactivity: Chemicals in Action.
9. Acid-Base Reactions.
10. Oxidation-Reduction Reactions.
11. Water, Water Everywhere, but Not a Drop to Drink?
12. Energy and Hydrocarbons.
13. Nuclear Changes and Nuclear Power.
14. Organic Chemicals and Polymers.
15. The Chemistry of Life.
16. Nutrition: The Basis of Healthy Living.
17. Chemistry and Medicine.
18. The Chemistry of Useful Materials.
19. Feeding the World.

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  • ISBN-10: 0538738219
  • ISBN-13: 9780538738217
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