Olmsted/Burk Chemistry, Second Canadian Edition is an introductory general chemistry text designed specifically with Canadian instructors and students in mind. Canadian content in the form of SI units, IUPAC standards and research content more accurately reflects the discipline of Canadian chemistry, distinguishing this text from current text offerings which are primarily American.
Canadian chemistry instructors will find this text sufficiently rigorous while still engaging and retaining student interest with accessible language, a concise and easy-to-use presentation of information, and a clear problem-solving program—without an excess of material that makes most texts appear daunting and redundant. This second edition includes more organic chemistry coverage, multi-concept problems, and increased student pedagogy.
- New chapter on organic chemistry added (Chapter 11) and existing chapters on organic chapters extensively revised
- Coverage of kinetics – the mathematical foundations are updated and more detail is added
- Two to three higher-level integrative problems added per chapter and links to concepts created within each chapter
- New artwork
- Problems in the body of the text are linked to end-of-chapter problems under the heading ""Need More Practice?""allowing students to focus on, and practice, a particular type of problem if needed
- Addition of ""Looking Forward"" and ""Looking Back"" boxes throughout the text
- Reduction Potential Table in Appendix is listed by order vs. alphabetically
- An expanded Physical Constants Table has been added inside the back cover
- New online homework video added for each chapter
- Visual Summaries – Each chapter features a two-page Visual Summary of its most important elements, presented in pictorial fashion. These concept maps provide students with what we believe will be more powerful learning tools than standard Chapter Summaries can provide. The Visual Summaries include visual reminders of important ideas developed in the chapter.
- Emphasis on Problem Solving – We use a seven-step problem-solving template consistently for quantitative problems, including a version designed specifically for attacking equilibrium problems. We also provide step-by-step procedures for the construction of Lewis structures and for the balancing of redox reactions. Beyond this, for each Example Problem, we provide a strategy of attack, designed to encourage students to reason their way to solutions rather than search aimlessly for algorithms. Each Example Problem is paired with a Practice Exercise of the same type.
- Learning Objectives – Every section of every chapter has a clear learning objective associated with it. These are listed on the Chapter opener as well as in the Visual Summaries at the end of each chapter.
- Skills to Master – In addition to learning to think critically and assimilating key concepts, students of chemistry must master many skills. Each of these skills and the page number where each skill is first introduced are listed in the visual summary of each section.
- Key Concepts – Certain ideas in chemistry, such as the laws of conservation, are both essential and powerful. We identify these as Key Concepts and list them for each section in the Visual Summaries.
- Chapter Problems – Our chapter Problems have been praised for their variety and quality. After a set of paired problems specific to each section of the chapter, we present Additional Paired Problems that are not section-specific. These are followed by Additional Problems that are unpaired. These include Group Study Problems that encourage exploration and collaboration in finding solutions to more complex problems.
- Does the Result Make Sense? – To help students learn how to recognize whether or not a result is reasonable, we make a check for sensibility the last step in our quantitative problem-solving strategy. To reinforce this habit, every worked example ends with a brief analysis showing that the result makes sense.