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21st Century Chemistry
First Edition| ©2015 Kimberley Waldron
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Designed for chemistry and society classes, author Kimberley Waldron blends the central ideas of chemistry into stories that are relevant and familiar to non-science majors—from evaluating nutrition labels to understanding global warming and climate change. Award-winning journalist Michelle Nijhuis argues that the best science writers “put new results in context, synthesizing and analyzing what came before, what might come next, and why you should care.” Waldron does just this—by weaving the chemistry in the context of riveting stories, she masterfully captures the attention of her readers to help them gain a deep and lasting scientific literacy.
Engaging, Cutting Edge Topics
- Chapter Openers: Energy-generating dance floors, the world’s first lab-grown hamburger, and the Fukushima-Daiichi power plant disaster: the chapter openers explore every conceivable corner of chemistry. Each chapter opener draws students into the chapter gently, introducing them to the key topics that will be covered in the chapter in a seamless and engaging way.
- The Green Beat: Placed at the end of each chapter, The Green Beat explores a short, scientific news story related to the environment. For a complete understanding of the story, the student needs to apply the essential chemistry taught to them in the chapter.
- Natureboxes: Embedded in the center of every chapter, Natureboxes forge a link between nature, or the environment, and the material introduced in the text. More than asides, these short, cogent essays ask readers to apply what they have learned to the real world outside the pages of the text.
- Wait a Minute…: Students sometimes wonder about some facet of the material just introduced. The Wait a Minute… feature aims to anticipate questions that naturally pop into curious minds and pauses the text to ask and answer that question in detail.
- Recurring Themes: There are truisms that come up over and over again in the study of chemistry. For example: “Chemical reactions are nothing more than exchanges or rearrangements of electrons.” These statements, which we call Recurring Themes, reappear in new contexts throughout the book. They are the fundamental, take-away ideas we hope every student remembers long after they finish their course in chemistry.
- Flashback: The reader occasionally needs material from a previous section to fully understand new materials. Rather than providing a simple reference, the Flashback feature is a margin note that succinctly explains the earlier concept, allowing students to continue reading. A reference to the earlier material is also provided if students want to review further.
- Homework assignments with hints, error-specific feedback, and fully worked solutions
- Multimedia resources that reinforce key learning topics from the text and allow students to engage with a digital component
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“I can’t wait to teach from Waldron’s text! My students and I have long enjoyed her engaging writing style. She explains difficult topics with such ease and clarity. Equally important, she complements her prose with strategically placed questions that allow students to assess their comprehension and conceptual understanding. All in all, 21st Century Chemistry is an excellent learning and teaching tool. The best of its kind.” —Barbara Zazzi, University of Hawaii/Hawaii Community College
“Waldron’s book is perfect for students who want to learn the science behind how the world works but are unfamiliar with chemistry. She writes in a manner accessible to everyone and, most importantly, illustrates the chemistry concepts in the context of “real-world” stories. Students can really see why these concepts matter.” —Christopher Nichols, California State University, Chico
“Designed specifically for the non-science major, Waldron uses examples from the media— as well as lesser-known facts—to introduce chemical principles in a way that is thorough yet accessible. The chapters build on one another so that instructors can pick and choose based on their own areas of expertise. The natureboxes, Green Beats, and environmental chapters are especially timely and will appeal to today’s students.” —Amber M. Hupp, College of the Holy Cross
“21st Century Chemistry is engaging and easy-to-understand. By giving students a basic understanding of the science in the news today, Waldron equips students to make informed personal and societal choices, as well as helps them navigate the media’s presentation of data. A great book for beginning scientists or non-science majors.” —Tamara D. Hamilton, Barry University
“21st Century Chemistry exposes students to current issues with a focus on using critical thinking skills and applying the scientific method. Topics range from the simple structure of atoms and the importance of water, to the more complex environmental issues and biochemistry of foods. Each topic is relevant, interesting, and clearly presented. The variety of topics also allows instructors the flexibility to adapt their course for students with varying levels of science background.” —Mary Bethé Neely, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs
"Kimberley Waldron has explained chemical principles in a clear and conversational tone, making the subject accessible by linking concepts to their modern applications and by clearly presenting solutions to example problems." —Eric Ball, Metropolitan State University of Denver
21st Century Chemistry
First Edition| ©2015
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21st Century Chemistry
First Edition| 2015
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: The Story of Chemistry: The Scientific Method: Think, Measure, Rethink
Chapter 2: Atoms: All About atoms and What’s Inside Them
Chapter 3: Everything: The Ways We Organize and Classify Matter
Chapter 4: Bonds: An Introduction to the Forces within Substances
Chapter 5: Carbon: Elemental Carbon, Organic Molecules, and Carbon Footprints
Chapter 6: Air: A Study of the Gases in Our Atmosphere
Chapter 7: Chemical Reactions: How We Keep Track of Chemical Changes
Chapter 8: Water: Why Water Is Critical for Human Beings and for the Planet
Chapter 9: Salts and Aqueous Solutions: The Nature of Salts and How They Interact with Water
Chapter 10: pH and Acid Rain: Acid Rain and Our Environment
Chapter 11: Nukes: The Fundamentals of Nuclear Chemistry
Chapter 12: Energy, Power, and Climate Change: New Ways to Generate Power and Store Energy
Chapter 13: Sustainability and Recycling: Finding Better Ways to Use (and Reuse) Our Resources
Chapter 14: Food: The Biochemistry of the Foods We Eat
Appendix A: Working with Measured Numbers: Significant Figures
Appendix B: Answers to Odd-Numbered End-of-Chapter Questions
Dr. Kimberley Waldron is a Professor of Chemistry at Regis University in Denver, Colorado, where she teaches courses at all levels. Her area of specialty is inorganic chemistry. Professor Waldron was raised in the Washington, DC area and completed her undergraduate work at the University of Virginia, where she did undergraduate research in analytical chemistry. She worked as an analytical chemist at E.I. DuPont de Nemours before entering graduate school at Virginia Commonwealth University. She received a Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry with a specialization in biological chemistry. Professor Waldron then became a post-doctoral fellow at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, California, before moving to Boulder, Colorado, to work in the biotechnology industry. She joined the faculty at Regis University in 1995. Professor Waldron lives in Denver with her family, including two cats, two dogs, and two kids.
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First Edition| 2015