Chemistry in Focus: A Molecular View of Our World

  • AUTHOR: Nivaldo J. Tro
  • ISBN-13: 9781305084476 
  • Grade(s): 9 | 10 | 11 | 12
  • 608 Pages  Paperback 
  • 6th Edition  |  Previous Editions: 2013
  • ©2016     Published
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About The Product

Thoroughly updated with the latest research and developments, CHEMISTRY IN FOCUS, develops students' appreciation for the molecular world and emphasizes the fundamental role it plays in their daily lives. By clearly identifying and explaining connections between the molecular world and microscopic world, the book helps students understand the major scientific, technological, and environmental issues affecting our society. Innovative study aids, such as Self-Check Quizzes and Tests, and technological tools help students maximize their success in the course.


  • "Self-Check" Boxes. Every time a new concept is introduced, a Self-Check box gives students an opportunity to assess their understanding of that concept.
  • Self-Tests. Provided to allow students to further their comprehension of the entire chapter's material. The questions of deigned to compliment the "Self-Check" boxes.
  • Two-part Visuals to Illustrate Thought Experiments. To help students make the connection between what they see and what is actually happening with atoms and molecules, the book includes innovative two-part visuals. One part is a macroscopic view of a familiar experience. The second part shows the microscopic image as a magnification window that portrays the molecular structure or reaction.
  • "Molecular Thinking" Boxes. These boxes describe everyday observations related to chapter material and ask students to explain the observation based on what the molecules are doing.
  • "Molecular Focus" Boxes. These boxes highlight a molecule relevant to the chapter, describing physical properties, structure, and uses of such compounds as calcium carbonate, hydrogen peroxide, ammonia, AZT, retinal, sulfur oxide, ammonium nitrate, and others.
  • "Molecular Revolution" Boxes. Designed to encourage further exploration, these boxes describe a timely topic of modern research.
  • "What If?" Boxes. These fascinating boxes focus on topics with societal, political, or ethical implications and conclude with open-ended questions for group discussion. Topics include genetic engineering, The Manhattan Project, and government subsidiaries for the development of alternative fuels.
  • A Wide Variety of Exercises. Qualitative questions help students review key concepts from the chapter. Problems are quantitative or analytical, with varying degrees of difficulty, and ask students to apply what they have learned to solve problems. Points to Ponder are open-ended, essay-type questions asking students about the ethical, societal, and political implications of scientific issues. Feature Problems and Projects contain problems with graphics and short projects, often involving web-based inquiry.
  • "Your Turn" Example Problems and Exercises. By first solving an example in detail before giving students a similar problem to solve, the author provides step-by-step instruction as well as hands-on opportunities to practice solving problems themselves. Answers to "Your Turn" exercises are provided in the appendices for immediate feedback.

About the Contributor

  • Nivaldo J. Tro

    Nivaldo J. Tro received his BA degree from Westmont College and his PhD degree from Stanford University. He went on to a postdoctoral research position at the University of California at Berkeley. In 1990, he joined the chemistry faculty at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California. Professor Tro has been honored as Westmont's outstanding teacher of the year three times (1994, 2001, and 2008). He was named Westmont's outstanding researcher of the year in 1996. Professor Tro lives in the foothills of Santa Barbara with his wife, Ann, and their four children, Michael, Alicia, Kyle, and Kaden. In his leisure time, Professor Tro likes to spend time with his family in the outdoors. He enjoys running, biking, surfing, and snowboarding.

Table of Contents

1. Molecular Reasons.
2. The Chemist's Toolbox.
3. Atoms and Elements.
4. Molecules, Compounds, and Chemical Reactions.
5. Chemical Bonding.
6. Organic Chemistry.
7. Light and Color.
8. Nuclear Chemistry.
9. Energy for Today.
10. Energy for Tomorrow: Solar and Other Renewable Energy Sources.
11. The Air Around Us.
12. The Liquids and Solids Around Us: Especially Water.
13. Acids and Bases: The Molecules Responsible for Sour and Bitter.
14. Oxidation and Reduction.
15. The Chemistry of Household Products.
16. Biochemistry and Biotechnology.
17. Drugs and Medicine: Healing, Helping, and Hurting.
18. The Chemistry of Food.
19. Nanotechnology.
Appendix 1: Significant Figures.
Appendix 2: Answers to Selected Exercises.
Appendix 3: Answers to Your Turn Questions.

New to this Edition

  • Self-Tests. Provided to allow students to further their comprehension of the entire chapter's material. The questions of deigned to compliment the "Self-Check" boxes.
  • "Self-Check" Boxes. For 6e, the number of these boxes has been increased so that one can be found at the end of nearly every section.
  • Self-Test Answers. These are provided at the end of every chapter.
  • New End-of-chapter questions have been added to chapters 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9,10, and 17.
  • Interest boxes (Molecular Thinking, Molecular Focus, Molecular Revolution, and What If) have been updated to reflect the progress and current issues.
  • Margin note pointers have been added to narrative to let the student know exactly what material the margin notes go with.

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