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Introducing our new and exciting textbook for General Chemistry

Chemistry: Human Activity, Chemical Reactivity 1e

Peter Mahaffy, King's University College, Canada
Roy Tasker, University of Western Sydney
Bob Bucat, University of Western Australia
John C. Kotz, State University of New York, Oneonta
Gabriela C. Weaver, Purdue University
Paul M. Treichel, University of Wisconsin, Madison
John E. McMurry, Cornell University

ISBN-13: 9780176606251
ISBN-10: 0176606254
Published by Nelson Education Ltd.
Available April 2010


Chemistry: Human Activity, Chemical Reactivity is an integrated print/digital resource package which presents chemistry as it is – a contemporary, engaging, human endeavour – not just old theories illustrated with facts. This integrated resource presents Chemistry as an integrated whole, blending as far as possible organic, physical, and inorganic chemistry phenomena with thought provoking case studies, vibrant illustrations and models that enable visualization and critical thinking without compromising scientific rigour.


  • Chemistry at its frontiers, relevant to the lives of students and to the future of our planet.
  • Focus on visual and conceptual learning.
  • Odyssey molecular dynamics simulations integrated throughout the learning resource.
  • A resource based on research on how students learn best and how they learn chemistry best. Text and visual symbols make it very clear at each step which of the three thinking levels students are working at (observable, molecular-level, and symbolic).
  • Integrated general, organic, inorganic and physical chemistry coverage designed for a first year general chemistry course.
  • Integrated general, organic, inorganic and physical chemistry coverage designed for a first year general chemistry course.
  • Each new text is accompanied by a fully integrated media-enabled e-book to effortlessly link to interactive molecular-level simulations and animations, Background Concepts, Think About it tasks, WebLinks, Taking it Further modules, Interactive Exercises and supplementary exercises.
  • New concepts are introduced by emphasizing 'why we believe what we believe.' An integrative theme of models helps students make sense of observable facts.
  • Careful use of SI and IUPAC symbols and nomenclature.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Human Activity, Chemical Reactivity
Chapter 2: Building Blocks of Materials
Chapter 3: Models of structure to explain properties
Chapter 4: Carbon Compounds 
Chapter 5: Chemical reaction, chemical equations
Chapter 6: Chemistry of Water, Chemistry in Water
Chapter 7: Chemical reactions and energy flows
Chapter 8: Modeling atoms and their electrons
Chapter 9: Molecular shapes and structures
Chapter 10: Modelling Bonding in Molecules
Chapter 11: States of matter
Chapter 12: Solutions and their behaviour
Chapter 13: Dynamic chemical equilibrium
Chapter 14: Acid-base equilibria in aqueous solution
Chapter 15: Solubility, precipitation and complexation
Chapter 16: Electron transfer reactions and electrochemistry
Chapter 17: Spontaneous change: how far?
Chapter 18: Spontaneous change: How fast?
Chapter 19: Alkenes and alkynes
Chapter 20: Aromatic Compounds
Chapter 21: Alkyl halides
Chapter 22: Alcohols, phenols and ethers
Chapter 23: Carbonyl compounds:  Part I
Chapter 24: The Carbonyl Group: Part II
Chapter 25: Amines and nitrogen heterocycles
Chapter 26: Main group elements and their compounds
Chapter 27: Transition elements and their compounds
Chapter 28: The chemistry of modern materials
Chapter 29: Biomolecules
Chapter 30: Nuclear chemistry