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The Molecular Nature of Matter and Change 1 Keys to the Study of Chemistry 2 The Components of Matter 3 Stoichiometry of Formulas and Equations 4 The Major Classes of Chemical Reactions 5 Gases and the Kinetic-Molecular Theory 6 Thermochemistry: Energy Flow and Chemical Change 7 Quantum Theory and Atomic Structure 8 Electron Configuration and Chemical Periodicity 9 Models of Chemical Bonding 10 The Shapes of Molecules 11 Theories of Covalent Bonding 12 Intermolecular Forces: Liquids, Solids, and Phase Changes 13 The Properties of Mixtures: Solutions and Colloids Interchapter: A Perspective on the Properties of the Elements 14 Periodic Patterns in the Main-Group Elements: Bonding, Structure, and Reactivity 15 Organic Compounds and the Atomic Properties of Carbon 16 Kinetics: Rates and Mechanisms of Chemical Reactions 17 Equilibrium: The Extent of Chemical Reactions 18 Acid-Base Equilibria 19 Ionic Equilibria in Aqueous Systems 20 Thermodynamics: Entropy, Free Energy, and the Direction of Chemical Reactions 21 Electrochemistry: Chemical Change and Electrical Work 22 The Elements in Nature and Industry 23 The Transition Elements and Their Coordination Compounds 24 Nuclear Reactions and Their Applications Appendix A Common Mathematical Operations in Chemistry Appendix B Standard Thermodynamic Values for Selected Substances at 298 K Appendix C Equilibrium Constants at 298 K Appendix D Standard Electrode (Half-Cell) Potentials at 298 K

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Martin S. Silberberg received his B.S. in chemistry from the City University of New York in 1966 and his Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Oklahoma, in 1971. He then accepted a research position at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, where he studied the chemical nature of neurotransmission and Parkinson's disease. In 1977, Dr. Silberberg joined the faculty of Simon's Rock College of Bard (Massachusetts), a liberal arts college known for its excellence in teaching small classes of highly motivated students. As Head of the Natural Sciences Major and Director of Premedical Studies, he taught courses in general chemistry, organic chemistry, biochemistry, and nonmajors chemistry. The close student contact afforded him insights into how students learn chemistry, where they have difficulties, and what strategies can help them succeed. In 1983, Dr. Silberberg decided to apply these insights in a broader context and established a text writing and editing company. Before writing his own text, he worked on chemistry, biochemistry, and physics texts for several major college publishers. He resides with his wife and child in Massachusetts. For relaxation, he cooks, sings, and walks in the woods.

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