The Basics of General, Organic, and Biological ChemistryVersion 2.0
By David W. Ball, John W. Hill, and Rhonda J. Scott
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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.
New in This Version
- Discussion of elements and periodic table updated to allow for new elements
- Integration of organic and biochemistry, resulting in a text that is easier to cover in one semester
- Chapter on basic skills (math, units, and conversion factors) now appears in the appendix
- Additional fundamental organic chemistry topics introduced earlier in the pedagogy
- New exercises added and others modified
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- The fundamental definition of the kilogram unit is changing, effective May 2019. Therefore, in Appendix A, section 6, the following changes were made:
- New Figure A.8 caption: The historical standard for the kilogram had been a platinum-iridium cylinder kept in a special vault in France. This will change in 2019.
- Edited paragraph: The size of each base unit is defined by international convention. For example, the kilogram had been defined as the quantity of mass of a special metal cylinder kept in a vault in France. In late 2018, however, an international committee changed the definition of the kilogram to base it on the value of some fundamental universal constants, rather than an object. The change becomes effective in May 2019. For most purposes, the change makes no significant difference, but for some very precise measurements there can be small variations in mass values.
- Answer number 1 in Section 7.1 was changed from "Polar and nonpolar covalent bonding, ionic bonding, dispersion forces, dipole-dipole interactions, and hydrogen bonding" to "Ionic interactions, dispersion forces, dipole-dipole interactions, and hydrogen bonding." on July 29, 2019.
- The phrase, "in terms of temperature" in Section 7.1 was changed to "as measured by temperature" on July 29, 2019.
- Added a "-" sign to the second "I" in the answer for Concept Review Exercise #2 in Chapter 3 Section 2.
- Changed "sex-change operations" to "sex reassignment surgeries" in Chapter 13, Section 4 (5/5/21)