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Chemical Principles : The Quest for Insight

Chemical Principles : The Quest for Insight - 2nd edition

ISBN13: 978-0716739234

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ISBN13: 978-0716739234
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Edition: 2ND 02
Copyright: 2002
Publisher: W.H. Freeman
Published: 2002
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Chemical Principles : The Quest for Insight - 2ND 02 edition

ISBN13: 978-0716739234

Peter Atkins and Loretta Jones

ISBN13: 978-0716739234
ISBN10: 0716739232
Cover type:
Edition: 2ND 02
Copyright: 2002
Publisher: W.H. Freeman
Published: 2002
International: No

Written for general chemistry courses, particularly honors-level or accelerated courses, Chemical Principles, 2/e helps students develop chemical insight by showing the connections between chemical principles and their applications. The authors begin with a detailed picture of the atom and build toward chemistry's frontier, continually demonstrating how to solve problems and encouraging students to question, reason, consider nature and matter, and think visually about the chemical concepts they learn.


  • Unique atoms-first organization builds student understanding of the concepts of chemistry by starting with the behavior of atoms and molecules and moving up to more complex properties and interactions.
  • Fundamentals sections at the beginning of the book offers a quick review of basic chemistry that students should know coming into the course.
  • Fully integrated media program.

New to this Edition

  • Media Links lead students to the text's Web site, where they will find:
    • Living Graphs that can be manipulated
    • Animations showing motion, three dimensions, and atomic and molecular interactions
    • Lab Video clips of many of the reactions in the book
    • Tools to help students calculate, graph, and explore
    • In-Chapter Examples of how to use the online tools and other resources
    • End-of-Chapter Exercises that enable students to solve problems using media
  • Some material from Fundamentals has been moved into the main body of the text.
  • New and updated Impact on Materials sections explores the burgeoning field of materials chemistry while reinforcing chemical principles.
  • New "How do we use this information to" boxes demonstrate how to use mathematical concepts.
  • Each Toolbox now includes a conceptual basis, and is immediately followed by an example. The number of toolboxes in this edition has doubled.
  • New exercises at all levels of difficulty, including questions that require students to use media in problem solving. The number of more challenging problems in this edition has increased.

Author Bio

Atkins, Peter : Lincoln College, Oxford University

Jones, Loretta : University of Northern Colorado

Table of Contents

Introduction and Orientation

1 Atoms: The Quantum World

Observing Atoms
Models of Atoms
The Structures of Many-Electron Atoms
The Periodicity of Atomic Properties
The Impact on Materials

2 Chemical Bonds

Ionic Bonds
Covalent Bonds
Exceptions to the Octet Rule
Lewis Acids and Bases
Ionic versus Covalent Bonds
The Strengths and Lengths of Covalent Bonds

3 Molecular Shape and Structure

The VSEPR Model
Valence-Bond Theory
Molecular Orbital Theory

4 The Properties of Gases

The Nature of Gases
The Gas Laws
Molecular Motion
The Impact on Materials: Real Gases

5 Liquids and Solids

Intermolecular Forces
Liquid Structure
Solid Structures
The Impact on Materials

6 Thermodynamics: The First Law

Systems, States, and Energy
The Enthalpy of Chemical Change

7 Thermodynamics: The Second and Third Laws

Global Changes in Entropy
Free Energy

8 Physical Equilibria

Phases and Phase Transitions
Colligative Properties
Binary Liquid Mixtures

9 Chemical Equilibria

Reactions at Equilibrium
Equilibrium Constants
The Response of Equilibria to Changes in Conditions

10 Acid and Bases

Properties of Acids and Bases
Weak Acids and Bases
The pH of Solutions of Weak Acids and Bases
Autoprotolysis and pH
Polyprotic Acids and Bases

11 Aqueous Equilibria

Mixed Solutions and Buffers
Polyprotic Acid Titrations

12 Electrochemistry

Redox Reactions
Galvanic Cells

13 Chemical Kinetics

Reaction Rates
Concentration and Time
Models of Reactions
Reaction Mechanisms
Accelerating Reactions

14 The Elements: The First Four Main Groups

Periodic Trends
Group 1: The Alkali Metals
Group 2: The Alkaline Earth Metals
Group 13: The Boron Family
Group 14: The Carbon Family
The Impact on Materials

15 The Elements: The Last Four Main Groups

Group 15: The Nitrogen Family
Group 16: The Oxygen Family
Group 17: The Halogens
Group 18: The Noble Gases
The Impact on Materials

16 The d-Block: Metals in Transition

The d-Block Elements and Their Compounds
Selected Elements: A Survey
Coordination Compounds
The Electronic Structures of Complexes
Ligand Field Theory
The Impact on Materials

17 Nuclear Chemistry

Nuclear Stability
Nuclear Radiation
Nuclear Energy

18 Organic Chemistry I: The Hydrocarbons

Aliphatic Hydrocarbons
Aromatic Compounds

19 Organic Chemistry II: Functional Groups

Functional Groups
The Impact on Materials
The Impact on Biology

Appendix 1 Symbols, Units, and Mathematical Techniques
Appendix 2 Experimental Data
Appendix 3 Nomenclature

Odd-Numbered Exercises
Self-Tests B
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