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Why do certain substances react together in the way that they do? What determines the shape of molecules? And how can we predict whether a particular reaction will happen at all?
Such questions lie at the heart of chemistry - the science of understanding the composition of substances, their reactions, and properties. Though introductory chemistry is often broken into three sections-inorganic, organic, and physical-the only way for students to fully understand the subject is to see it as a single, unified whole.
Chemical Structure and Reactivity rises to the challenge of depicting the reality of chemistry. Offering a fresh approach to the subject by depicting it as a seamless discipline, the text shows how organic, inorganic, and physical concepts can be blended together in order to achieve the common goal of understanding chemical systems.
With a lively and engaging writing style enhanced by vivid illustrations, only Chemical Structure and Reactivity makes teaching chemistry with an integrated approach possible.
--The only introductory text to take a truly integrated approach in explaining the fundamentals of chemistry. --Fosters an orbital-based understanding of reactions, with clear curly-arrow mechanistic detail throughout. --A two-part structure allows flexibility of use: Part I lays down the core of the subject, while Part II describes a series of relatively standalone topics, which can be selected to fit a particular course. --Numerous concepts are illustrated with fully cross-referenced custom-developed online modules, enabling students to develop an understanding through active learning. --Self-test exercises embedded in the text (with solutions at the end of each chapter) and extensive question sets encourage hands-on learning, to help students master the subject and gain confidence. --The Online Resource Centre features a range of additional resources for both students and registered adopters of the book.
New to this Edition
--A new chapter on symmetry has been added to Part I. --Discussions of organometallic chemistry, spectroscopy, and molecular geometry have been expanded. --Cross references from Part I to Part II have been increased to make the links between core concepts and more advanced topics clearer. --More self-test questions and exercises have been provided.
James Keeler, Department of Chemistry, University of Cambridge,Peter Wothers, Department of Chemistry, University of Cambridge
Table of Contents
Part I: The fundamentals 1. Molecular structures and the states of matter 2. Electrons in atoms 3. Electrons in molecules: diatomics 4. Electrons in molecules: polyatomics 5. Symmetry 6. Bonding in solids 7. Thermodynamics and the Second Law 8. Trends in bonding 9. Reactions: the role of orbitals 10. Organic chemistry 1: functional groups 11. The rates of reactions Part II: Going further 12. Spectroscopy 13. Organic chemistry 2: three-dimensional shapes 14. Organic chemistry 3: reactions of pi systems 15. Main group chemistry 16. Transition metals 17. Quantum mechanics and spectroscopy 18. Chemical thermodynamics 19. Chemical kinetics 20. Electrochemistry 21. Dimensions, units and some key mathematical ideas