Summary: Chemistry Fundamentals: An Environmental Perspective, Second Edition aims to guide students to the knowledge that humans live in a chemical environment and that chemistry affects every aspect of our lives. The text emphasizes that all living and non-living parts of our environment are made up of chemicals, and that the natural processes continuously occurring in the environment all involve chemical reactions. With a grasp of this notion of interdependence, students b ...show moreegin to see that without some understanding of chemistry, it is impossible to fully understand environmental issues such as ozone depletion, global warming, air and water pollution, and the hazards of radioactivity.
Introduction Each chapter begins with an introduction that explains the importance of the subject matter to our understanding of the environment and outlines the material that will be covered.
Chapter Objectives The introduction is followed by a list of the concepts and subject matter students should understand after reading the chapter. Stating learning objectives provides goals that students should strive for and serves as a useful guide for reviewing each chapter.
Examples and Exercises Illustrative worked examples, each one accompanied by a challenging practice exercise, are included throughout the text, particularly in the chapters covering basic chemical principles.
Key Terms Lists of key terms introduced in the chapter are included at chapter's end to help reinforce the most important information.
Questions and Problems Each chapter includes a wide selection (40-50) of problems and questions, with answers to all even-numbered ones given in an appendix. Quantitative, review, and discussion type questions are included.
Explorations The two-page Explorations essays at the end of chapters explore ways in which chemistry affects our dynamic world. They profile people such as Marie Curie and Linus Pauling, advances such as the pacemaker and the electric car, and events such as the eruption of Krakatoa and environmental terrorism during the Gulf War.
Summary Each chapter ends with a summary of the main topics covered in the chapter. ...show less