General chemistry is an important course to take to learn about environmental changes, the food we consume and why certain reactions occur. Not only does the subject help explain multiple changes around our homes and environments, but it’s also an important course for those looking to pursue a career in biotechnology, forensic science and chemical engineering.

General chemistry—the study of matter and its properties—is a continually evolving field, and the results of ongoing scholarship provide valuable classroom learnings to the millions of students who will become toxicologists, economists, geoscientists and more.

Here, we look at how Top Hat’s always up-to-date chemistry textbook stacks up against the most recent versions available from legacy publishers.

Atoms First General Chemistry

1. Atoms First General Chemistry | Top Hat

Author: Greg Domski (Augustana College)

In Top Hat’s textbook, general chemistry extends beyond the page with plenty of visuals and interactive diagrams. 50+ test questions embedded in each chapter help students test their comprehension of the material.

Average Price: Up to 40–60 percent more affordable
Edition: Constantly updated
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Chemistry: Atoms First

2. Chemistry: Atoms First | McGraw Hill

Authors: Julia Burdge (University of Idaho) and Jason Overby (College of Charleston)

The 3rd edition of McGraw Hill’s Chemistry: Atoms First helps students understand the building blocks of matter, the atom and its uses and enables students to test their understanding through adaptive exercises. Access to the online platform Connect sold separately.

Average Price: $90 (e-book)
Edition: 3rd edition
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Chemistry: An Atoms First Approach

3. Chemistry: An Atoms First Approach | Nelson Education

Authors: Steven S. Zumdahl and Susan A. Zumdahl

The latest edition of this textbook encourages students to become better problem-solvers and critical thinkers through guiding readers through molecules and their bonds and structures. Access to multimedia tools sold separately.

Average Price: $104 (text only)
Edition: 2nd edition
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Learn more and get a preview of Top Hat’s atoms first general chemistry textbook here.