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Chemistry in Focus: A Molecular View of Our World 7th Edition

Nivaldo J. Tro

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  • Previous Editions 2016
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This updated and enhanced Seventh Edition of CHEMISTRY IN FOCUS helps students develop an appreciation for the molecular world that underlies the world we can see. From the first page to the last, Professor Tro emphasizes the connection between the atoms and molecules that compose matter and the properties of that matter. Students learn to see the world through the lens of chemistry and to find excitement and awe in the myriad of chemical processes occurring all around them all the time. This easy-to-understand text also helps students understand the major scientific, technological and environmental issues affecting our society. Innovative study aids such as Self-Check Questions, OWLv2 Adaptive Study Plans and new online “Big Picture” videos featuring the author help students maximize their success in the course.

Nivaldo J. Tro, Westmont College

Nivaldo J. Tro received his BA degree from Westmont College and his PhD degree from Stanford University. He went on to a postdoctoral research position at the University of California at Berkeley. In 1990, he joined the chemistry faculty at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California. Professor Tro has been honored as Westmont's outstanding teacher of the year three times (1994, 2001, and 2008). He was named Westmont's outstanding researcher of the year in 1996. Professor Tro lives in the foothills of Santa Barbara with his wife, Ann, and their four children, Michael, Alicia, Kyle, and Kaden. In his leisure time, Professor Tro likes to spend time with his family in the outdoors. He enjoys running, biking, surfing, and snowboarding.
  • Updated Art Program. In addition to new and revised images throughout, every chapter opening image has been updated to better communicate the excitement and relevance of chemistry to our daily lives.
  • Updated Data. To ensure maximum relevance, all of the data relevant to today’s environmental and technological issues, such as Earth’s temperature, atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations, rain acidity and pollution levels, have been thoroughly researched and made as current as possible.
  • Updated Interest Boxes. Molecular Thinking, Molecular Focus, Molecular Revolution, and “What If” boxes have been updated to reflect progress and current issues.
  • Revised Self-Check Questions. Every time a new concept is introduced, a multiple-choice Self-Check question gives students an opportunity to assess their understanding of that concept. To enhance student learning, self-check questions are now available in a digital environment that automatically tells students whether or not they answered correctly.
  • A New Set of Instructional and Interactive Videos. These BIG PICTURE VIDEOS, featuring Professor Tro and created specifically for this new edition, can be assigned to students outside of class to introduce important topics in each chapter. Each video encourages active learning by stopping in the middle to ask students to answer a question.
  • "What If?" Boxes. These fascinating boxes focus on topics with societal, political, or ethical implications and conclude with open-ended questions for group discussion.
  • A Wide Variety of Exercises. Qualitative questions help students review key concepts from the chapter. Problems are quantitative or analytical, with varying degrees of difficulty, and ask students to apply what they have learned to solve problems. Points to Ponder are open-ended, essay-type questions asking students about the ethical, societal, and political implications of scientific issues. Feature Problems and Projects contain problems with graphics and short projects, often involving web-based inquiry.
  • "Your Turn" Example Problems and Exercises. By first solving an example in detail before giving students a similar problem to solve, the author provides step-by-step instruction as well as hands-on opportunities to practice solving problems themselves. Answers to "Your Turn" exercises are provided in the appendices for immediate feedback.
  • Two-part Visuals to Illustrate Thought Experiments. To help students make the connection between what they see and what is actually happening with atoms and molecules, the book includes innovative two-part visuals. One part is a macroscopic view of a familiar experience. The second part shows the microscopic image as a magnification window that portrays the molecular structure or reaction.
  • "Molecular Thinking" Boxes. These boxes describe everyday observations related to chapter material and ask students to explain the observation based on what the molecules are doing.
  • "Molecular Focus" Boxes. These boxes highlight a molecule relevant to the chapter, describing physical properties, structure, and uses of such compounds as calcium carbonate, hydrogen peroxide, ammonia, AZT, retinal, sulfur oxide, ammonium nitrate, and others.
  • "Molecular Revolution" Boxes. Designed to encourage further exploration, these boxes describe a timely topic of modern research.
1. Molecular Reasons.
2. The Chemist's Toolbox.
3. Atoms and Elements.
4. Molecules, Compounds, and Chemical Reactions.
5. Chemical Bonding.
6. Organic Chemistry.
7. Light and Color.
8. Nuclear Chemistry.
9. Energy for Today.
10. Energy for Tomorrow: Solar and Other Renewable Energy Sources.
11. The Air Around Us.
12. The Liquids and Solids Around Us: Especially Water.
13. Acids and Bases: The Molecules Responsible for Sour and Bitter.
14. Oxidation and Reduction.
15. The Chemistry of Household Products.
16. Biochemistry and Biotechnology.
17. Drugs and Medicine: Healing, Helping, and Hurting.
18. The Chemistry of Food.
19. Nanotechnology. (Online only)
Appendix 1: Significant Figures.
Appendix 2: Answers to Selected Exercises.
Appendix 3: Answers to Your Turn Questions.
OWLv2 offers a full, mobile-ready textbook combined with mastery learning activities that allow students to understand each concept and skill at their own pace.

This Cengage solution can be seamlessly integrated into most Learning Management Systems (Blackboard, Brightspace by D2L, Canvas, Moodle, and more) but does require a different ISBN for access codes. Please work with your Cengage Learning Consultant to ensure the proper course set up and ordering information. For additional information, please visit the LMS Integration site.

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Chemistry in Focus Chapter 10, Sample Video

The 7th Edition of Prof. Nivaldo Tro's “Chemistry in Focus” for Liberal Arts chemistry courses features new Big Picture Videos in OWLv2. These videos can be assigned to students outside of class to introduce important topics in each chapter. This sample video is from “Chapter 10, Energy for Tomorrow: Solar and Other Renewable Energy Sources.”

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