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Introducing inorganic, organic and physical chemistry

Third Edition

Andrew Burrows, John Holman, Andrew Parsons, Gwen Pilling, and Gareth Price

January 2017

ISBN: 9780198733805

1,432 pages

Price: £57.99

Spans all three strands of chemistry organic, inorganic, and physical to provide unrivalled coverage across the full breadth of the field.



Chemistry³ establishes the fundamental principles of all three strands of chemistry; organic, inorganic and physical. By building on what students have learned at school, using carefully-worded explanations, annotated diagrams and worked examples, it presents an approachable introduction to chemistry and its relevance to everyday life.

  • The most approachable and engaging introduction to chemistry available.
  • Chemistry³ spans all three strands of chemistry - organic, inorganic and physical - to provide unrivalled coverage across the full breadth of the field.
  • The author team comprises organic, inorganic and physical chemists, together with chemistry educators, ensuring the text is approachable and engaging while being uniformly authoritative throughout.
  • Abundant full-colour diagrams provide visual reinforcement of the text.
  • Takes a mechanistic approach to organic chemistry, making it unique amongst introductory chemistry texts.
  • The carefully-layered approach of Chemistry³ builds on the students' prior knowledge to support the transition between school and university-level chemistry, providing them with a firm understanding of the fundamental principles on which they can build later studies.
  • Context boxes and photographs throughout the book highlight examples of chemistry in our everyday lives, engaging students and reminding them of the central role that chemistry plays in our society.
  • The structured maths support helps students get to grips with the often daunting - yet essential - mathematical element of chemistry.
  • Cross-references highlight the connections between each strand of chemistry to help students develop an understanding of the subject as a whole.
  • Worked examples show students how to plan a strategy for solving problems.
  • Questions at the end of each chapter encourage students to cement what they have learnt, and challenge them to go further in their thinking around the topic.
  • Chemistry³ is supported by a full teaching and learning multimedia package including interactive exercises which encourage students to actively learn, videos of molecular structures, and screencasts in which authors talk through selected examples and key reaction mechanisms step-by-step, clearly linking theory to practice.
  • Also available as an e-book with functionality, navigation features, and links that offer extra learning support

New to this edition

  • The first chapter has been thoroughly revised to support the transition between A Level and university level study even more effectively.
  • 200 new figures have been created to better illustrate and communicate key concepts.
  • An additional 50 end of chapter problems are now included with outline answers supplied online, all linked to relevant sections of the chapter.
  • The online learning resources now include interactive multiple choice questions and solutions for students.

About the Author(s)

Andrew Burrows, Department of Chemistry, University of Bath, John Holman, Emeritus Professor of Chemistry, University of York, President of the Royal Society of Chemistry, University of York, Andrew Parsons, Department of Chemistry, University of York, Gwen Pilling, Formerly of the Science Education Group, University of York, and Gareth Price, Department of Chemistry, University of Bath

Professor Andrew Burrows, Department of Chemistry, University of Bath

Professor John Holman, Emeritus Professor of Chemistry, University of York, President of the Royal Society of Chemistry

Professor Andrew Parsons, Department of Chemistry, University of York

Dr Gwen Pilling, Formerly of the Science Education Group, University of York

Professor Gareth Price, Department of Chemistry, University of Bath

Table of Contents

    2:Language of organic chemistry
    3:Atomic structure and properties
    4:Diatomic molecules
    5:Polyatomic molecules
    7:Acids and bases
    9:Reaction kinetics
    10:Molecular spectroscopy
    11:Analytical chemistry
    12:Molecular characterization
    13:Energy and thermochemistry
    14:Entropy and gibbs energy
    15:Chemical equilibrium
    17:Phase equilibrium and solutions
    18:Isomerism and stereochemistry
    19:Organic reaction mechanisms
    20:Halogenoalkanes: substitution and elimination reactions
    21:Alkenes and alkynes: electrophilic addition and pericyclic reactions
    22:Benzene and other aromatic compounds: electrophilic substitution reactions
    23:Aldehydes and ketones: nucleophilic addition and alpha-substitution reactions
    24:Carboxylic acids and derivatives: nucleophilic acyl substitution and alpha-substitution reactions
    26:S-block chemistry
    27:P-block chemistry
    28:D-block chemistry
    Maths Toolkit


"It is a great textbook for first year courses with really good use of visual aids and excellent provision of worked examples to illustrate the concepts and their applications. It is a perfect transition from A-Level to Higher Education Chemistry." - Dr Rossana Wright, University of Nottingham

"Chemistry3 is the best introductory chemistry textbook currently available. It is well written, excels in clarity of presentation, and is an outstanding book from the student learning perspective. All of the concepts covered are well explained and supported by excellent artwork. This is a book that all first and second year chemistry undergraduates should have." - Dr Gareth Owen, University of South Wales

"This is an exemplar modern chemistry resource with a very rounded pedagogical approach to engaging students and supporting staff in delivering key chemical concepts and supporting facts. It is a one stop shop for mainstream chemistry fundamentals." - Dr Loretta M. Murphy, Bangor University

"A fantastic all-round reference for university-level chemistry. It is a perfect way to bridge between school and university." - Adam Stubbs, student at Newcastle University

"Chemistry3 is the best university chemistry text book for first and second year science students. It is comprehensive and contains all the fundamentals for chemists to know- from analytical to organic chemistry. It is also a student friendly book with tons of pictures and applications of chemistry in the real world." - Christian Nichol J. Geronimo, student at Dublin Institute of Technology

"This material is fantastic and should be used alongside courses. The level of detail is exactly right for undergraduate courses and the colour coding of the boxes for worked examples and summaries make them really easy to find. There are lots of questions for you to have a go at which makes it easy to practice the new skills the book is helping to teach." - Rebecca Snelgrove, student at Keele University

"Plenty of facts and figures are scattered throughout the text which makes reading not solely an educational, but also a fun activity. The examples of real life chemistry applications maintain the connection between theory and practice. The interdisciplinary approach provides a broader chemical understanding while not losing the comprehensiveness of the book. In short, a good all-in-one textbook for first-year students in chemistry." - Jelte van der Valk, student at the University of Groningen, the Netherlands

"The topics are very thoroughly explained and are at exactly the right level for the student. There are many great examples illustrating the topics. It is a great book to read and study from as a student starting university. This is definitely a book I would buy, read and return to, when I needed an explanation for some basic chemistry." - Michelle Rasmussen, student at the University of Roskilde, Denmark

Additional Resources

In addition to a library of video screencasts, in which the authors guide you through key concepts from the book in more detail, and interactive versions of molecular structures on www.chemtube3d.com, Chemistry³ is accompanied by:

For students:
· Interactive learning activities, including multiple choice questions.
· Chapter learning outcomes, summaries, and key equations.
· A solutions manual with worked answers to all problems.

For registered adopters:
· Figures from the book in electronic format.
· A test bank of multiple choice questions.

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