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The Basics of General, Organic, and Biological Chemistry

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David W. Ball, John W. Hill, and Rhonda J. Scott
February 2018
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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

  • Example problems in each chapter illustrate the concepts
  • Learning Objectives 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 Univ Of Wisconsin-River Falls

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.
  • 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.
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