The Atoms First approach provides a consistent and logical method for teaching general chemistry. This approach starts with the fundamental building block of matter, the atom, and uses it as the stepping stone to understanding more complex chemistry topics. Once mastery of the nature of atoms and electrons is achieved, the formation and properties of compounds are developed. Only after the study of matter and the atom will students have sufficient background to fully engage in topics such as stoichiometry, kinetics, equilibrium, and thermodynamics. Thus, the Atoms First method empowers instructors to present the most complete and compelling story of general chemistry.
Julia Burdge is renowned for setting chemistry in interesting, relevant context; and for her engaging, conversational writing style--presenting chemistry in a way students can appreciate and understand; while satisfying instructors' requirements for rigor, accuracy, and comprehensive coverage. Jason Overby teaches general chemistry using an atoms-first approach, bringing a unique perspective and years of experience to the development of this new project. Far from a simple re-ordering of topics, this is a book that will truly meet the needs of the growing atoms-first market. Together, these authors have developed a product with the same engaging writing style, modern and descriptive artwork, sound problem-solving approach and wide range of end-of-chapter problems that customers are accustomed to with the Burdge/Chemistry product. Jason Overby's involvement with this project was crucial as he has been teaching with this approach for over four years which allowed Julia and Jason to create a product that fits the need for this growing market.
Dr. Julia Burdge did most of her undergraduate work at Iowa State University, completing her bachelors degree and Masters degree in inorganic chemistry at the University of South Florida in Tampa. She earned her Ph.D. in analytical chemistry at the University of Idaho. Her Masters and doctoral research involved the development of chemotherapeutic analogs of cisplatin and the development of instruments and methods for measuring ultra-trace concentrations of atmospheric sulfur compounds. Over the past 20 years, she has taught introductory and advanced courses in every division of the undergraduate chemistry curriculum, as well as interdisciplinary courses. She also developed and taught a new introductory chemistry course for pre-service science teachers, and initiated and served as a mentor in a future faculty development program for graduate students and post-doctoral associates. She is currently affiliated with the University of Idaho. Jason Overby received his B.S. in chemistry and political science from the University of Tennessee at Martin, his Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry from Vanderbilt University, and conducted postdoctoral research at Dartmouth College. Since joining the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the College of Charleston, Jason has taught courses from general chemistry to advanced inorganic chemistry, and conducts research with undergraduates. He is interested in integrating technology into the classroom, with a particular focus on adaptive learning.
Chapter 1 - Chemistry: The Science of Change Chapter 2 - Atoms and the Periodic Table Chapter 3 - Quantum Theory and the Electronic Structure of Atoms Chapter 4 - Periodic Trends of the Elements Chapter 5 - Ionic and Covalent Compounds Chapter 6 - Representing Molecules Chapter 7 - Molecular Geometry, Intermolecular Forces, and Bonding Theories Chapter 8 - Chemical Reactions Chapter 9 - Chemical Reactions in Aqueous Solutions Chapter 10 - Energy Changes in Chemical Reactions Chapter 11 - Gases Chapter 12 - Liquids and Solids Chapter 13 - Physical Properties of SolutionsChapter 14 - Entropy and Free EnergyChapter 15 - Chemical Equilibrium Chapter 16 - Acids, Bases, and Salts Chapter 17 - Acid-Base Equilibria and Solubility Equilibria Chapter 18 - Electrochemistry Chapter 19 - Chemical Kinetics Chapter 20 - Nuclear Chemistry Chapter 21 - Metallurgy and the Chemistry of Metals Chapter 22 - Coordination Chemistry Chapter 23 - Organic Chemistry Chapter 24 - Modern MaterialsChapter 25 - ONLINE ONLY: Nonmetallic Elements and Their Compounds