chem1 virtual textbook

Written by: Stephen Lower (Simon Fraser University)

This is a wonderful reference for General Chemistry and Environmental Chemistry students. The chem1 virtual textbook was written by retired Chemistry professor Stephen Lower from Simon Fraser University in Burnaby Canada. This self-published textbook only exists online. It was designed to supplement an assigned textbook or serve as a replacement.

Lower began writing this textbook in pieces to replace course materials he found lacking. His students would be given these materials as “assigned reading”. In time, Lower replaced the textbooks he disliked with his own and suggested students use another textbook to supplement his work. (Lower does not recommend a specific textbook. He only makes the suggestion that students would be better served using more than one – a learning strategy I heartily embrace and the basis for building The Free Textbook List.)

The table of contents for this general chemistry textbook appears as if there are missing chapters. The best I can tell, it is complete. You can access the textbook online or download what appears to be a copy of the complete website for offline viewing.

Table of Contents for chem1 Virtual Textbook

beginner / First Semester
1. What is Chemistry all about, anyway?
2. Getting started in Chemistry: essential background
3. The basics of atoms, moles, formulas, equations
4. What is pseudoscience?
First-semester general chemistry
5. Getting serious about atoms
5a. Primer on quantum theory of the atom
5b. Atomic structure and the periodic table
5c. Why doesn’t the electron fall into the nucleus?
6. Properties of gases: matter at its simplest
7. Solids and liquids
7a. States of matter
7b. Solutions: their chemistry and physical properties
8. Chemical bonding and molecular structure
8a. Three views of chemical bonding
8b. All about chemical bonding
9. All about acids and bases
Second Semester / advanced
20. All about chemical equilibrium
21. Acid-base equilibria and calculations
22. Chemical Energetics
23. Thermodynamics of chemical equilibrium
24. All about electrochemistry
26. Chemical kinetics and reaction mechanisms
Advanced / miscellany
30. The measure of matter
31. The fall of the electron (oxidation-reduction)
32. Survey of Environmental Geobiochemistry
33. Understanding entropy
40. Advanced aquatic chemistry
40a. Acid-base chemistry of natural aquatic systems
40b. Carbonate equilibria in natural waters
40c. Redox equilibrai in natural waters
40d. Solids in contact with natural waters

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