For two-semester general chemistry courses
Bestselling author Niva Tro has always believed “the behavior of matter is determined by the properties of molecules and atoms” to be the most important discovery in scientific knowledge. This idea is the entire factor for his seminal new text—Chemistry: Structure and Properties. Dr. Tro emphasizes the relationship between structure and properties, establishes a unique approach to teaching chemistry by presenting atomic and bonding theories early in the text, and stresses key themes throughout. The book is organized to present chemistry as a logical, cohesive story from the microscopic to the macroscopic, so students can fully grasp the theories and framework behind the chemical facts. Every topic has been carefully crafted to convey to students that the relationship between structure and properties is the thread that weaves all of chemistry together.
While developed independently of other Tro texts, Chemistry: Structure and Properties incorporates the author’s vivid writing style, chemical rigor, dynamic multi-level images, and tested features. His consistent conceptual focus and step-by-step problem-solving framework encourages students to think through processes rather than simply memorize content.
This program presents a better teaching and learning experience–for you and your students.
- Developed with a central theme and by a teaching community: As part of a community that teaches with the understanding that matter is composed of particles and the structure of those particles determines the properties of matter, Dr. Tro took great lengths in the text to ensure that everything from organization, art, and pedagogy reinforce this theme. The result of this emphasis is that the topic order has been constructed to make key connections earlier, stronger, and more often than the traditional approach.
- Linking conceptual understanding with problem-solving skills: Throughout each chapter, numerous Conceptual Connections encourage comprehension of the most complex concepts while a consistent step-by-step framework in the worked examples allows students to think logically through the problem-solving process.
- Visualizing and understanding chemistry: Revolutionary multipart images illustrate and reinforce the theme of the text and allow students to see and experience the molecules responsible for the structures and properties of matter.
Developed with a central theme and by a teaching community
- Emphasizing the particulate nature of matter and more specifically how structure affects properties, Dr. Tro consulted–on everything from content and organization to art and pedagogy–with a community of instructors who teach their general chemistry courses with an atoms-first approach
- Unlike in other atoms-first texts, the theme of structure affecting properties is carried throughout the entire book, including the topics commonly taught in the second half of the course, in order to consistently emphasize the theme and present topics in a logical progression.
- Art has also been carefully selected to best demonstrate visually the relationship between microscopic and macroscopic.
- Over 250 instructors teaching with an atoms-first approach were involved in the development of the text including:
Linking conceptual understanding with problem-solving skills:
- 2,000 students were also involved in development by class testing chapter and providing detailed reviews.
- 150 reviewers
- 75 class testers
- 50 focus group participants
- Conceptual Connections reinforce conceptual understanding of the most complex concepts in each chapter while the consistent step-by-step framework within the in-chapter worked examples encourages students to think logically through the problem-solving process.
- Each chapter includes several Conceptual Connections, in which students are asked to think about key concepts and solve problems without doing any math.
- Tro’s four-step “Sort, Strategize, Solve, and Check” approach helps students connect the concept of the problem to its solution by developing an explicit conceptual plan for each problem. This method helps students understand where to start when given a problem and to think through the solution rather than simply formula hunting based on the given information.
- Two- and three-column example formats help students to understand the logic and purpose of each step in the problem-solving process as well as the details of its implementation. Tro’s conceptual plans map out problems for students and, in many cases, also apply the same methodology to another problem in a side-by-side format.
- Why are some examples presented in two columns rather than three? Some topics can be covered with just one example (with the explanation in the left column and the worked-out example in the right column), while other topics are best covered by having two side-by-side examples (with the explanation in the left column and two side-by-side examples in the center and right column). Three-column examples typically show two similar but slightly different approaches to the same concept.
Visualizing and understanding chemistry:
- Self-Assessment Quizzes are located at the end of each chapter. Tro's Self-Assessment Quizzes contain 10-15 multiple-choice questions that are similar to those found on the ACS exam on other standardized exams. Niva Tro actively participates on the ACS Exams Committee for Gen Chem !, Gen Chem II, and full year exams. The Self-Assessment Quizzes are also assignable in MasteringChemistry.
- Multipart images include symbolic, macroscopic, and molecular perspectives that are fundamental to visualizing and understanding chemistry.
- Tro’s multipart images help students see the relationship between the formulas they write down on paper (symbolic), the world they see around them (macroscopic), and the atoms and molecules that compose the world (molecular).
- Abundant molecular-level views show students the connection between everyday processes visible to the eye and the behavior of atoms and molecules.
- Illustrations include extensive labels and annotations to direct student attention to key elements in the art and promote understanding of the processes depicted.
Table of Contents
2 Measurement, Problem Solving, and the Mole Concept
3 The Quantum-Mechanical Model of the Atom
4 Periodic Properties of the Elements
5 Molecules and Compounds
6 Chemical Bonding I: Drawing Lewis Structures and Determining Molecular Shapes
7 Chemical Bonding II: Valence Bond Theory and Molecular Orbital Theory
8 Chemical Reactions and Chemical Quantities
9 Introduction to Solutions and Aqueous Reactions
12 Liquids, Solids, and Intermolecular Forces
13 Phase Diagrams and Crystalline Solids
15 Chemical Kinetics
16 Chemical Equilibrium
17 Acids and Bases
18 Aqueous Ionic Equilibrium
19 Free Energy and Thermodynamics
21 Radioactivity and Nuclear Chemistry
22 Organic Chemistry
23 Transition Metals and Coordination Compounds
Appendix I The Units of Measurement
Appendix II Significant Figures
Appendix III Common Mathematical Operations in Chemistry
Appendix IV Useful Data
Appendix V Answers to Selected Exercises
Appendix VI Answers to In-Chapter Practice Problems