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Introductory Chemistry

David W. Ball
March 2017
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This textbook is suitable for the following courses: Introductory Chemistry, Preparatory Chemistry.

Introductory Chemistry is a survey of general chemistry intended for a one-semester introductory or preparatory chemistry course. Ball begins with a general introduction to the subject before diving into some of the more technical topics. Introductory Chemistry also introduces mathematical problems, either as conversion-factor problems or as formula problems, allowing the text to focus on the logic of the approach and not the tricks or shortcuts.

New in This Version:
  • Updated throughout.
  • Exercises were modified to accommodate for proper significant figures.
  • Periodic table has been updated to include the completed seventh period, complete with IUPAC names and symbols.
  • Learning Objectives at the beginning of each chapter.
  • Key Takeaways to conclude each chapter.
  • “Test Yourself” exercises for students.
  • Customizable.
David ball

David W. Ball Cleveland State University

Dr. Ball is a professor of chemistry at Cleveland State University in Ohio. He earned his Ph.D. from Rice University in Houston, Texas. His specialty is physical chemistry, which he teaches at the undergraduate and graduate levels. About 50 percent of his teaching is in general chemistry: chemistry for nonscience majors, GOB, and general chemistry for science and engineering majors. In addition to this text, he is the author of a math review book for general chemistry students, a physical chemistry textbook with accompanying student and instructor solutions manuals, and two books on spectroscopy (published by SPIE Press). He is coauthor of a general chemistry textbook (with Dan Reger and Scott Goode), whose third edition was published in January 2009. His publication list includes over 220 items, evenly distributed between research papers and articles of educational interest.
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