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Chemistry: Structure and Dynamics, 5th Edition

Chemistry: Structure and Dynamics, 5th Edition

James N. Spencer, George M. Bodner, Lyman H. Rickard

ISBN: 978-0-470-58711-9 December 2010 928 Pages


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Spencer's Chemistry: Structure and Dynamics is the most successful reform project published for the General Chemistry course. The authors have built the text on the recommendations of the ACS's Task Force on the General Chemistry Curriculum and suggestions from the adopters of previous editions. This innovative text provides a sixteen-chapter introduction to the fundamental concepts of chemistry. The material is supplemented by special topics at the end of each chapter. There are three major themes that link the content of the book: the process of science, the relationship between molecular structure and physical/chemical properties, and the relationship between the microscopic and macroscopic levels. Spencer's Chemistry can work successfully in both small and large lecture courses.

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Chapter 1. Elements and Compounds.

Chapter 2. The Mole: The Link between the Macroscopic and the Atomic World of Chemistry.

Chapter 3. The Structure of the Atom.

Chapter 4. The Covalent Bond.

Chapter 5. Ionic and Metallic Bonds.

Chapter 6. Gases.

Chapter 7. Making and Breaking of Bonds.

Chapter 8. Liquids and Solutions.

Chapter 9. Solids.

Chapter 10. The Connection Between Kinetics and Equilibrium.

Chapter 11. Acids and Bases.

Chapter 12. Oxidation–Reduction Reactions.

Chapter 13. Chemical Thermodynamics.

Chapter 14. Kinetics.

Chapter 15. Nuclear Chemistry.

Chapter 16. Chemical Analysis.

Appendix A.

Appendix B.

Appendix C.

Appendix D.

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  • Developed in conjunction with the ACS Task Force on the General Chemistry Curriculum.
  • The text contains 16 core chapters followed by optional modules that the instructor may cover at his or her discretion. Thus considerable flexibility is provided in structuring the course.
  • Core themes emphasis — process of science, relationship between molecular structure and physical/chemical properties, & relationship between micro and macro levels.
  • The text and related materials are based on a hands-on approach to learning chemistry. Students are given models or data where possible and are guided by leading questions to develop the concepts by themselves.