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Introducing inorganic, organic and physical chemistry

Third Edition

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

Publication Date - April 2017

ISBN: 9780198733805

1,440 pages
10.9 x 8.6 inches

Retail Price to Students: $114.99

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


Chemistry is widely considered to be the central science: it encompasses concepts on which all other branches of science are developed. Yet, for many students entering college, gaining a firm grounding in chemistry is a real challenge. Chemistry3 responds to this challenge, providing students with a full understanding of the fundamental principles of chemistry on which to build later studies.

Unique among the introductory chemistry texts currently available, Chemistry3 is written by a team of chemists to give equal coverage of organic, inorganic and physical chemistry - coverage that is uniformly authoritative. The approach to organic chemistry is mechanistic, rather than the old-fashioned 'functional group' approach, to help students achieve a fuller understanding of the underlying principles.

The expertise of the author team is completed by two specialists in chemistry education, who bring to the book a wealth of experience of teaching chemistry in a way that students enjoy and understand. The result is a text that builds on what students know already from school and tackles their misunderstandings and misconceptions, thereby providing a seamless transition from school to undergraduate study.

The authors achieve unrivalled accessibility through the provision of carefully-worded explanations and reminders of students' existing knowledge; the introduction of concepts in a logical and progressive manner; and the use of annotated diagrams and step-by-step worked examples. Students are encouraged to engage with the text and appreciate the central role that chemistry plays in our lives through the unique use of real-world context and photographs.

Chemistry3 tackles head-on two issues pervading chemistry education: the students' mathematical skills, and their ability to see the subject as a single, unified discipline. Instead of avoiding math, Chemistry3 provides structured support, in the form of careful explanations, reminders of key mathematical concepts, step-by-step calculations in worked examples, and a Math Toolkit, to help students get to grips with the essential mathematical element of chemistry. Frequent cross-references highlight the connections between each strand of chemistry and explain the relationship between the topics, so students can develop an understanding of the subject as a whole.


  • This text offers 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
  • The mechanistic approach to organic chemistry makes this unique among introductory chemistry texts
  • The carefully-layered approach of Chemistry3 builds on the students' prior knowledge to bridge the gap between highschool and college-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 math problems 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
  • Questions at the end of each chapter encourage students to cement what they have learned, 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

About the Author(s)

Dr. Andrew Burrows instructs in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Bath.

John Holman is Professor of Science Education and Director of the National Science Learning Center at the University of York.

Dr. Andrew Parsons
instructs in the Department of Chemistry at the University of York.

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

Dr. Gareth Price instructs in the Department of Chemistry, University of Bath.

Table of Contents

    1. Fundamentals
    2. Language of organic chemistry
    3. Atomic structure and properties
    4. Diamotic molecules
    5. Polyatomic molecules
    6. Solids
    7. Acids and bases
    8. Gases
    9. Reaction kinetics
    10. Molecular spectroscopy
    11. Analytical chemistry
    12. Molecular characterization
    13. Energy and thermochemistry
    14. Entropy and gibbs energy
    15. Chemical equilibrium
    16. Electrochemistry
    17. Phase equilibrium and solutions
    18. Isomerism and stereochemistry
    19. Organic reaction mechanisms
    20. Halogenoalkanes
    21. Alkenes and alkynes
    22. Benzene and other aromatic compounds
    23. Aldehydes and ketones
    24. Carboxylic acids and derivatives
    25. Hydrogen
    26. S-block chemistry
    27. P-block chemistry
    28. D-block chemistry
    Maths Toolkit

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