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The Basics of General, Organic, and Biological Chemistry

David W. Ball, John W. Hill, and Rhonda J. Scott
March 2011
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This textbook is suitable for the following courses: One-semester General, Organic, and Biological Chemistry courses.

The Basics of General, Organic, and Biological Chemistry is a comprehensive introductory textbook for a one-semester course. Written by three specialists, the authors cover all of the expected topics in a short and succinct manner. The text focuses on covering the fundamentals and leaving out the extraneous.

  • Example problems in each chapter to illustrate the concepts.
  • Learning Objectives that preview the section.
  • Key Takeaways and Concept Review Exercises at the end of each section.
  • Review Exercises at the end of each chapter.
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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.
John w hill

John W. Hill

Dr. Hill was Professor Emeritus from University of Wisconsin-River Falls. An organic chemist, he has had more than 50 publications in refereed journals, most of which have an educational bent. He authored or coauthored several introductory level chemistry textbooks, all of which have gone into multiple editions. He also presented over 60 papers at national conferences, many relating to science education. He received several awards for outstanding teaching, and had long been active in the American Chemical Society, both at local and national levels. Dr. Hill passed away in August of 2017.
Rhonda j. scott

Rhonda J. Scott Southern Adventist University

Dr. Scott is a Professor of Chemistry at Southern Adventist University in Collegedale, Tennessee. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of California at Riverside and has a background in enzyme and peptide chemistry. Previous to her experience at SAU, she taught at Loma Linda University and the University of Wisconsin at River Falls. In the past ten years, she has presented at national ACS meetings and other workshops and conferences. She has also been very active in the development of teaching materials, having reviewed or contributed to other textbooks and test banks.
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