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Chemical Structure and Reactivity

An Integrated Approach

Second Edition

James Keeler and Peter Wothers

31 October 2013

ISBN: 9780199604135

896 pages

In Stock

Price: £64.99

The only introductory text to take a truly integrated approach in explaining the fundamentals of chemistry.



Chemical Structure and Reactivity: An Integrated Approach rises to the challenge of depicting the reality of chemistry. Offering a fresh approach, it depicts the subject as a seamless discipline, showing how organic, inorganic, and physical concepts can be blended together to achieve the common goal of understanding chemical systems.

  • The only introductory text to take a truly integrated approach in explaining the fundamentals of chemistry
  • Fosters an orbital-based understanding of reactions, with clear curly-arrow mechanistic detail throughout
  • A two-part structure allows flexibility of use; Part I lays down the core of the subject, while Part II describes a series of relatively standalone topics, which can be selected to fit a particular course
  • Numerous concepts are illustrated with fully cross-referenced custom-developed online modules, enabling students to develop an understanding through active learning
  • Self-test exercises embedded in the text (with solutions at the end of each chapter) and extensive question sets encourage hands-on learning, to help students master the subject and gain confidence
  • The Online Resource Centre features a range of additional resources for both students and registered adopters of the book

New to this edition

  • A new chapter on symmetry has been added to Part I
  • Discussions of certain topics, such as organometallic chemistry, spectroscopy, and molecular geometry, have been expanded
  • Cross references from Part I to Part II have been increased to make the links between core concepts and more advanced topics clearer
  • More self-test questions and exercises have been provided

About the Author(s)

James Keeler, Department of Chemistry and Selwyn College, University of Cambridge, and Peter Wothers, Department of Chemistry and St Catharine's College, University of Cambridge

Table of Contents

    Part I: The fundamentals
    1:Molecules and molecular structures: an overview
    2:Electrons in atoms
    4:Electrons in molecules: diatomics
    5:Electrons in molecules: polyatomics
    6:Bonding in solids
    7:Thermodynamics and the Second Law
    8:Trends in bonding
    9:Bonding between the elements
    10:Describing reactions using orbitals
    11:Organic chemistry 1: functional groups
    12:The rates of reactions
    Part II: Going further
    14:Organic chemistry 2: three-dimensional shapes
    15:Organic chemistry 3: reactions of pi systems
    16:Main group chemistry
    17:Transition metals
    18:Quantum mechanics and spectroscopy
    19:Chemical thermodynamics
    20:Chemical kinetics
    22:Dimensions, units and some key mathematical ideas


Review from previous edition This is the most innovative and impressive undergraduate chemistry textbook I have been exposed to in years; it is quite outstanding in its creative and imaginative approach. The authors appear to have stood back and re-thought the whole approach to teaching chemistry at this level. The logical and innovative order in which material is developed and explained is all the more impressive when we take account of the fact that rigour and attention to detail is not compromised. - Dr David McGarvey, Keele University

The objective of the authors, to break down the barriers used to manage the teaching of chemistry, is laudable, and they achieve their aim, particularly in the first section of the book. They have assembled a teaching resource that is refreshing in its style and rigorous in its content. - Education in Chemistry, 2009

It is a tremendous contribution to the teaching of the chemical sciences. The authors have adopted a new approach to the teaching of chemistry which cuts through physical, inorganic and organic chemistry as needed. This text is brilliant for students who want a book that explains difficult concepts in an accessible but still rigorous form. - Dr M. Crispin, Oriel College, Oxford