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Survival Guide to General Chemistry

1st Edition

By Patrick E. McMahon, Rosemary McMahon, Bohdan Khomtchouk

CRC Press

512 pages | 1000 B/W Illus.

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This work evolved over thirty combined years of teaching general chemistry to a variety of student demographics. The focus is not to recap or review the theoretical concepts well described in the available texts.Instead, the topics and descriptions in this book make available specific, detailed step-by-step methods and procedures for solving the major types of problems in general chemistry. Explanations, instructional process sequences, solved examples and completely solved practice problems are greatly expanded, containing significantly more detail than can usually be devoted to in a comprehensive text. Many chapters also provide alternative viewpoints as an aid to understanding.

Key Features:

  • The authors have included every major topic in the first semester of general chemistry and most major topics from the second semester. Each is written in a specific and detailed step-by-step process for problem solving, whether mathematical or conceptual
  • Each topic has greatly expanded examples and solved practice problems containing significantly more detail than found in comprehensive texts
  • Includes a chapter designed to eliminate confusion concerning acid/base reactions which often persists through working with acid/base equilibrium
  • Many chapters provide alternative viewpoints as an aid to understanding
  • This book addresses a very real need for a large number of incoming freshman in STEM fields
  • Table of Contents

    Chapter 1 Unit Conversions And Density: An Introduction To Problem Solving Methods

    Chapter 2 Atomic Particles, Isotopes, And Ions: An Initial Look At Atomic Structure

    Chapter 3 Working With Atomic Mass And Nuclear Mass

    Chapter 4 Procedures For Writing Formulas And Naming Compounds

    Chapter 5 An Introduction To Moles And Molar Mass

    Chapter 6 Procedures For Calculating Empirical And Moleculer Formulas

    Chapter 7 Writing Chemical Equations

    Chapter 8 Techniques For Performing Stoichiometric Calculations

    Chapter 9 Precipitation And Acid/Base Aqueous Reactions: Concepts And Methods To Design Complete Balanced Equations

    Chapter 10 Oxidation Numbers: A First Look At Redox Reactions

    Chapter 11 Solution Concentration, Molarity, And Solution Stoichiometry

    Chapter 12 Light, Matter, And Spectroscopy

    Chapter 13 Atomic Orbitals And The Electronic Structure of the Atom

    Chapter 14 Alternate Methods For Visualization And Constructing Lewis Structures Of Covalent Molecules

    Chapter 15 Additional Techniques For Designing And Representing Structures Of Large Molecules

    Chapter 16 Determining And Drawing Molecular Geometry And Polarity

    Chapter 17 Summary Analysis Of Central Atom Bonding, Hybridization And Geometry

    Chapter 18 Concepts Of Potential Energy, Enthalpy, And Bond Energy Calculations

    Chapter 19 Thermochemistry Calculations: Heat Capacity And Enthalpy

    Chapter 20 Working With Gas Laws

    Chapter 21 Guideline For Analyzing Intermolecular Forces And Calculating Enthalpies

    Chapter 22 Kinetics Part 1: Rate Laws, Rate Equations And An Introduction To Reaction Mechanisms

    Chapter 23 General Techniques For Solving Equilibrium Problems

    Chapter 24 Kinetics Part 2: Application Of Rate Laws And Rate Variables To Reaction Mechanisms

    Chapter 25 Thermodynamics: Entropy And Free Energy

    Chapter 26 Acid/Base Equilibrium, pH, And Buffers

    About the Authors

    Dr Patrick E. McMahon has for the past twenty three years been teaching both general chemistry and organic chemistry at Benedictine University in Lisle, Illinois. Prior to that, he was a research scientist for Amoco Chemical Company at the Naperville, Illinois campus. McMahon has also taught at several institutions in the Chicago area, including Elmhurst College, Dominican University and Triton Community College. He is a member of the American Legion and served in the United States Army from 1970-1972. His main area of research interest is organic reaction catalysis. Awards that can be accredited to his name include the B.J. Babler award for outstanding contribution to under-graduate instruction at the University of Illinois, the Dean’s Award for Teaching Excellence at Benedictine University and first recipient of the Shining Star award given by the student senate for outstanding contribution to students at Benedictine University.

    Rosemary F. McMahon earned her B. S. with highest distinction in chemistry, M. S., and Ph. D. in organic chemistry at the University of Illinois. Her industrial career at Amoco Chemical and British Petroleum spanned chemicals process research and development, chemicals manufacturing, technical service, and customer support. She worked in oxidation chemistry, environmental catalyst chemistry, catalyst recovery processes, and manufacturing for product lines which included purified terephthalic acid, dimethyl 2,6-naphthalenedicarboxylate, and acrylonitrile. Her career later branched out to information technology as a patent and technical literature specialist supporting all technologies at BP worldwide. She is the co-author of four United States patents.

    Bohdan B. Khomtchouk, Ph.D. is an American Heart Association (AHA) Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Biology at Stanford University. Previously, he was an NIH/NIA Postdoctoral Research Scholar, National Institute on Aging of the National Institutes of Health (Stanford Training Program in Aging Research) at Stanford University and a National Defense Science & Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellow at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.

    Subject Categories

    BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
    MEDICAL / Allied Health Services / General
    MEDICAL / Biochemistry
    SCIENCE / Chemistry / General
    SCIENCE / Chemistry / Organic