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book cover      Chemistry, 2nd Edition by Various Authors (2019): OpenStax.

Chemistry 2e is designed to meet the scope and sequence requirements of the two-semester general chemistry course. The textbook provides an important opportunity for students to learn the core concepts of chemistry and understand how those concepts apply to their lives and the world around them. The book also includes a number of innovative features, including interactive exercises and real-world applications, designed to enhance student learning. The second edition has been revised to incorporate clearer, more current, and more dynamic explanations, while maintaining the same organization as the first edition. 

book cover      Chemistry: Atoms First, Second Edition by Various Authors (2019): OpenStax.

The intention of “atoms-first” involves a few basic principles: first, it introduces atomic and molecular structure much earlier than the traditional approach, and it threads these themes through subsequent chapters. This approach may be chosen as a way to delay the introduction of material such as stoichiometry that students traditionally find abstract and difficult, thereby allowing students time to acclimate their study skills to chemistry. Additionally, it gives students a basis for understanding the application of quantitative principles to the chemistry that underlies the entire course. It also aims to center the study of chemistry on the atomic foundation that many will expand upon in a later course covering organic chemistry, easing that transition when the time arrives.

book cover      Introductory Chemistry by David W. Ball (2011): Saylor Foundation. 

David W. Ball of Cleveland State University brings his new survey of general chemistry text, Introductory Chemistry, to the market with a fresh theme that will be sure to hold student interest: "Chemistry is Everywhere." Introductory Chemistry is intended for a one-semester introductory or preparatory chemistry course. Throughout the chapters, David presents two features that reinforce the theme of the textbook, that chemistry is everywhere.

book cover        The Basics of General, Organic and Biological Chemistry by David W Ball, John W Hill & Rhonda J Scott (2011):
        Saylor Foundation. 

The Basics of General, Organic, and Biological Chemistry by David W. Ball, John W. Hill, and Rhonda J. Scott is for the one-semester General, Organic and Biological Chemistry course. The authors designed this textbook from the ground up to meet the needs of a one-semester course. It is 20 chapters in length and approximately 350-400 pages; just the right breadth and depth for instructors to teach and students to grasp.

book cover       Organic Chemistry with a Biological Emphasis - Volumes I & II by Timothy Soderberg (2020): University of Minnesota.

This textbook is designed for a two-semester, sophomore-level course in organic chemistry in which biological chemistry takes center stage. This covers the core concepts of organic structure, structure determination, and reactivity in the standard order. What is different is the context: biological chemistry is fully integrated into the explanation of central principles. Many laboratory synthesis reactions are also covered, generally in parallel with their biochemical counterparts - but it is intentionally the biological chemistry that comes first.

book cover      Organic Chemistry Lab Techniques by Lisa Nichols (2016): Lisa Nichols. 

This resource was created by Lisa Nichols (chemistry faculty at Butte Community College in Northern California) as a result of an academic sabbatical leave in the Fall-2015 to Spring 2016 term. The target audience are undergraduate students in organic chemistry. In this resource you will find theory and procedures on the main organic lab techniques (chromatography, crystallization, extraction, distillation) as well as general concepts on how to set up and heat apparatuses (see the Table of Contents tab for a more complete listing of topics).


Additional Resources

ACS Homepage (American Chemical Society) 

Analytical Chemistry 2.0 (BCcampus) 

Chemistry (Khan Academy) 

Chemistry (LibreTexts)

Chemistry Course List (Open Learning Initiative)

Chemistry text collection (IntechOpen)

CK12 Basic Chemistry (CK12)

CK12 Intermediate Chemistry (CK12)

General Chemistry Text (2012 Archive)

Periodic Stats Interactive Website (

PHET Interactive Simulations: Chemistry (University of Colorado, Boulder)

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