For one-semester courses in Preparatory Chemistry
Make chemistry relevant to students
Now in its 5th Edition, Introductory Chemistry continues to foster deep engagement in the course by showing how chemistry manifests in students’ daily lives. Author Nivaldo Tro draws upon his classroom experience as an award-winning instructor to extend chemistry from the laboratory to the student’s world, capturing student attention with relevant applications and a captivating writing style.
This program provides a better teaching and learning experience—for you and your students. It will help you to:
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Enable deep conceptual understanding
Conceptual Checkpoints reinforce conceptual understanding of the most complex material. Strategically placed throughout each chapter, they prompt students to think about concepts and solve problems without doing any math. Answers and explanations appear at the end of each chapter.
The fifth edition includes more than 20 new Conceptual Checkpoints, focused on visualisations and drawing as requested by reviewers. These additions reinforce the program’s focus on helping students understand all relevant concepts.
Key Learning Outcomes that correlate to the Chemical Skills and Examples in the end-of-chapter material.
Chapter Self-Assessment Quizzes at the end of each chapter provide opportunities for students to assess what they’ve learned. Each quiz consists of 10–15 multiple-choice questions similar to those found on standard exams.
3-4 Questions for Group Work have been added to the end-of-chapter problems in each chapter to facilitate guided-inquiry learning both inside and outside the classroom.
Multipart molecular images depicted through Macroscopic, Microscopic, and Symbolic perspectives enable students to better visualise, and thus understand, chemistry.
In addition to structural formulas, many molecular formulas in the text are also depicted with molecular illustrations for greater clarity and vividness. In addition, macro/micro illustrations are included.
Using a hierarchical method of labeling images, Introductory Chemistry presents complex information clearly and concisely by making the relationships between related labels and annotations immediately evident to students.
Coverage of atomic masses has been revised to reflect recent changes made by IUPAC that introduce more uncertainty in atomic masses. The program’s periodic table itself has been revised to reflect the recommended atomic masses for “unspecified samples,” including using the value of 32.06 amu for S and 6.94 amu for Li.
Examples are presented in several formats that foster problem-solving skills and enable understanding.
All but the simplest examples are presented in a two-column format. The left column acts as the instructor’s voice, explaining the purpose of each step, while the right column shows how the step is executed. This format encourages students to think critically about problem solving, and to view each step in the context of the overall plan.
Specific procedures for solving particular types of problems are presented in a three-column format. The first column outlines the problem-solving procedure and explains the reasoning that underlies each step. The second and third columns show how the steps are implemented for two typical examples. Seeing the method applied to two related but slightly different problems helps students better understand the general procedure.
Every worked example is followed by at least one similar, but un-worked, skill-builder exercise, which allows students to immediately test the problem-solving techniques they have just learned.
The For More Practice feature, which follows every worked example, links to additional in-chapter examples and end-of-chapter problems, providing opportunities for students to practice the particular skills in question.
In-text cross-references to the math index appear throughout the program, to make sure students are aware that math help is available right at their fingertips.
In the text’s engaging chapter openers, Dr. Tro offers a specific example of the concept at hand to grab students' attention, steps back to make a more general and relatable analogy, and then delves into specifics. This style of presenting information is reinforced by Dr. Tro’s classroom experiences and is also commonly employed by other successful science writers.