World of Chemistry

  • AUTHORS: Steven S. Zumdahl; Susan A. Zumdahl; Donald J. DeCoste
  • ISBN-13: 9781133109655 
  • Grade(s): 9 | 10 | 11 | 12
  • 928 Pages  Hardcover 
  • 3rd Edition  |  Previous Editions: 2011, 2007, 2006
  • ©2013     Published
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About The Product

Put your students in the center of the learning process with the active learning approach of WORLD OF CHEMISTRY, 3e. Offering a rigorous but understandable introduction to chemistry, this book reflects the authors' belief that chemistry is something students must construct for themselves with the help of the teacher, the textbook, laboratory exploration, and the other materials provided. Easy to read and accessible to all students, this proven textbook offers excellent visuals, numerous problem-solving examples, a wide range of end-of-chapter exercises, and real life applications that truly bring the "world of chemistry" together in one unique central learning resource.


  • A macro-to-micro organization introduces the "language" of chemistry (formula writing), equations, moles, etc., early in the year and delays coverage of atomic theory and bonding until the second half of the text. Since many students are not developmentally ready for theory until later in the school year, this approach makes learning chemistry much more accessible to a wide range of students.
  • This program is known for its excellent math coverage and problem-solving exercises, which include a wide range of examples and end-of-chapter questions.
  • All of the mathematical operations required for this text are conveniently described in an Appendix or are illustrated in worked-out examples. Knowledge of calculus is not required, and differential and integral notations, used only where absolutely necessary, are accompanied by explanations.
  • Chemistry Explorer boxed features profile historical figures, including Robert Boyle, John Dalton, Ernest Rutherford, and Linus Pauling, who currently are pioneering research or have pioneered research in their fields. These features highlight the contributions of real people to our understanding of chemistry while also introducing students to today's role models in chemical research.
  • Chemistry in Your World features discuss the latest real world applications of chemistry to a variety of fields, including science and technology, consumer issues, and history.
  • Celebrity Chemical boxed features emphasize important chemicals and their uses.
  • Macro-micro-symbolic visuals are used extensively throughout the text.

About the Contributor

  • Steven S. Zumdahl

    Steve Zumdahl is the author of market-leading textbooks in introductory chemistry, general chemistry, honors-level chemistry, and high school chemistry. Recently retired from his long-time position as Director of Undergraduate Programs at the University of Illinois, he has received numerous awards for his contributions to chemical education. These include the National Catalyst Award in recognition of his contribution to chemical education, the University of Illinois Teaching Award, the UIUC Liberal Arts and Sciences Advising Award, and the School of Chemical Sciences Teaching Award (five times). He earned his B.S. in Chemistry from Wheaton College (IL), and his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois.

  • Susan A. Zumdahl

    Susan A. Zumdahl earned a B.S. and M.A. in Chemistry at California State University--Fullerton. She has taught science and mathematics at all levels, including middle school, high school, community college, and university. She is past director of the Merit Program for Emerging Scholars in Chemistry at the University of Illinois. In addition, she spearheaded the development of a sophisticated web-based electronic homework system for chemistry and is co-author on several chemistry textbooks.

  • Donald J. DeCoste

    Donald J. DeCoste is Associate Director of General Chemistry at the University of Illinois, Urbana–Champaign and has been teaching chemistry at the high school and college levels for 26 years. He earned his BS in Chemistry and PhD from the University of Illinois, Urbana–Champaign. At UIUC he has developed chemistry courses for nonscience majors, preservice secondary teachers, and preservice elementary teachers. He teaches courses in introductory chemistry and the teaching of chemistry and has received the School of Chemical Sciences Teaching Award four times. Don has led workshops for secondary teachers and graduate student teaching assistants, discussing the methods and benefits of getting students more actively involved in class. When not involved in teaching and advising, Don enjoys spending time with his wife and three children.

Table of Contents

1. Chemistry: An Introduction.
2. Matter.
3. Chemical Foundations: Elements, Atoms, and Ions.
4. Nomenclature.
5. Measurements and Calculations.
6. Chemical Composition.
7. Chemical Reactions: An Introduction.
8. Reactions in Aqueous Solutions.
9. Chemical Quantities.
10. Energy.
11. Modern Atomic Theory.
12. Chemical Bonding.
13. Gases.
14. Liquids and Solids.
15. Solutions.
16. Acids and Bases.
17. Equilibrium.
18. Oxidation–Reduction Reactions and Electrochemistry.
19. Radioactivity and Nuclear Energy.
20. Organic Chemistry.
21. Biochemistry.
A: Math Review.
B: Scientific Notation.
C: Graphing.
D: Naming Common Ions.
E: SI Units and Conversion Factors.
F: Solubility Rules.
Solutions to Practice Problems.
Answers to Selected End-of-Chapter Problems.
Photo/Illustration Credits.

New to this Edition

  • New and updated Chemistry in Your World boxed features discuss the latest real-world applications of chemistry to a variety of fields, including science and technology, consumer issues, and history.
  • Many of the end-of-chapter questions and problems have been revised and *more* *than* *30* new visual problems have been added.
  • To better serve visual learners, many of the figures and examples in the textbook have been revised. Visuals are now standardized throughout.
  • New standards-based content has been added as appropriate to cover various state standards.
  • New and revised student problem-solving support includes examples in the text paired with worked-out solutions that demonstrate the reasoning used to solve the problem.
  • The book's modern new design is cleaner, provides more white space, and is more user-friendly. Margin notes now have icons for easy identification.
  • Many features have been moved to between sections; some side margin elements (such as key terms and boxed elements) have been moved into the main text and others have been subsumed into or become part of a new element (such as Critical Thinking); some boxed elements (such as Top-Ten Lists) have been deleted.
  • OWL (Online Web Learning) is offered for the first time with this Third Edition. OWL includes parameterized mastery homework assignments correlated to sections in the text, as well as parameterized end-of-chapter questions that encourage students to practice multiple questions of the same type with different chemicals, wording, and numbers to ensure their mastery of the underlying chemical concepts.