Trusted, innovative, and calibrated, Chemistry: The Central Science has been the leader in general chemistry for over a decade. The unrivaled problems, scientific accuracy, and clarity that keep Brown/LeMay/Bursten/Murphy/Woodward at the forefront of the discipline have been upheld and are woven seamlessly with each new feature in this edition.
The Twelfth Edition is this text’s most ambitious revision to date—every word and piece of art has been scrutinized for effectiveness by all five authors. Based on abundant data culled from MasteringChemistryR, this intelligent, data-informed revision reflects the unparalleled teaching expertise of its author team. Each chapter has been updated and streamlined to remove any content not proven to increase student comprehension of the fundamental concepts of chemistry. Joined in this edition by new co-author Patrick Woodward, the book’s impeccable authorship gains a fresh, new perspective yet maintains its unified, consistent voice. Chemistry: The Central Science continues to foster student success beyond the text with MasteringChemistry, the most advanced online tutorial and assessment program available.
New to This Edition
Significant streamlining of end-of-chapter questions is based on student-tested data from MasteringChemistry. Only those questions proven to be effective and helpful to students have been retained and new questions modeling these effective questions have been composed.
Go Figure questions encourage students to stop and analyze the artwork in the text, for conceptual understanding. When students are required to stop and answer a question about the artwork, they cannot just skip over the images—they need to be sure they understand the concept.
Voice Balloons help students break down the components of the image.
Over the Shoulder leader lines provide the instructor’s perspective—i.e., how an instructor would help students do a problem in class.
These questions are coded in MasteringChemistry.
A completely revised design enhances student usability and reflects how modern students approach chemistry.
More Give It Some Thought (GIST) questions have been added throughout.
Extensively revised line art and photos throughout have been scrutinized to guarantee pedagogical effectiveness.
Reorganization of Chapters 11 (Intermolecular Forces, Liquids, and Solids) and 12 (Modern Materials) reflect that solids and materials play an increasingly important role in everything from daily life to chemical research. Frequently, coverage of the basic concepts of solids tends to be very limited in general chemistry courses due to lack of time, very descriptive coverage and ineffective organization of material; this reorganization addresses that problem.
Chapters 8 (Basic Concepts of Chemical Bonding), 9 (Molecular Geometry and Bonding Theories), and 15 (Chemical Equilibrium) have been extensively rewritten.
Chapter 23 from the previous edition (Metals and Metallurgy) has been reorganized with sections appearing in Chapter 12 (Modern Materials).
Chapter 24 (Chemistry of Coordination Compounds) from the previous edition is now Chapter 23 (Transition Metals and Coordination Chemistry).
Chapter 25 (The Chemistry of Life: Organic and Biological Chemistry) is now Chapter 24.
Table of Contents 1 Introduction: Matter and Measurement 2 Atoms, Molecules, and Ions 3 Stoichiometry: Calculations with Chemical Formulas and Equations 4 Reactions in Aqueous Solution 5 Thermochemistry 6 Electronic Structure of Atoms 7 Periodic Properties of the Elements 8 Basic Concepts of Chemical Bonding 9 Molecular Geometry and Bonding Theories 10 Gases 11 Liquids and Intermolecular Forces 12 Solids and Modern Materials 13 Properties of Solutions 14 Chemical Kinetics 15 Chemical Equilibrium 16 Acid–Base Equilibria 17 Additional Aspects of Aqueous Equilibria 18 Chemistry of the Environment 19 Chemical Thermodynamics 20 Electrochemistry 21 Nuclear Chemistry 22 Chemistry of the Nonmetals 23 Transition Metals and Coordination Chemistry 24 The Chemistry of Life: Organic and Biological Chemistry