Concept Development Studies in Chemistry

Written by: John S. Hutchinson (Rice University)

Online textbook for an introductory general chemistry course. Written by John S. Hutchinson of Rice University.

Hutchinson explains that what makes science interesting and exciting is the exploration and discovery of new ideas. He feels most modern textbooks focus more on memorization and do not provide students the opportunity to analyze and understand them.

From the Preface, “Concept Development Studies in Chemistry is written with two benets to the reader in mind. First, by constructing each signicant concept through observation and critical reasoning, you will gain a much deeper understanding of that concept. In addition to knowing how to work with a model, you will have both an understanding of why the model is believable and an appreciation of the essential beauty of the model. It will make sense to you in your own terms. Second, the reasoning required to understand these concept development studies will enhance your development of critical, analytical thinking, a skill which is most important to success in Science. As a note, these studies are not intended to be historical developments, although the experiments presented are the ones which led to the concepts discussed. Only a small amount of historical information has been included for perspective.”

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1. Preface to Concept Development Studies in Chemistry
2. The Atomic Molecular Theory
3. Relative Atomic Masses and Empirical Formulae
4. The Structure of an Atom
5. Quantum Energy Levels In Atoms
6. Covalent Bonding and Electron Pair Sharing
7. Molecular Geometry and Electron Domain Theory
8. Molecular Structure and Physical Properties
9. Chemical Bonding and Molecular Energy Levels
10. Energetics of Chemical Reactions
11. The Ideal Gas Law
12. The Kinetic Molecular Theory
13. Phase Equilibrium and Intermolecular Interactions
14. Reaction Equilibrium in the Gas Phase
15. Acid-Base Equilibrium
16. Reaction Rates
17. Equilibrium and the Second Law of Thermodynamics

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