Atoms First General Chemistry
Atoms First General Chemistry

Atoms First General Chemistry

Lead Author(s): Greg Domski

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This book helps students understand atoms, ions, and molecules conceptually before they encounter the topics of stoichiometry, kinetics, and thermodynamics.

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Atoms First Chemistry engages students with all different learning styles, offering plentiful visuals, instructional videos and interactive simulations.
Built-in assessment questions embedded throughout chapters so students can read a little, do a little, and test themselves to see what they know!
Include a comprehensive test bank with 50+ questions per chapter.

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Top Hat

Greg Domski, et.al, “Atoms First General Chemistry”, Only One Edition needed

McGraw-Hill

Julia Burdge, et.al, Chemistry: Atoms First, 2nd Edition

Nelson Education

Zumdahl, et al, Chemistry: An Atoms First Approach

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Up to 40-60% more affordable

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$323.33

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$138.95

E-book

Always up-to-date content, constantly revised by community of professors

Content meets standard for American Government. Constantly revised and updated by a community of professors with the latest content

In-Book Interactivity

Includes embedded multi-media files and integrated software to enhance visual presentation of concepts directly in textbook

Only available with supplementary resources at additional cost

Customizable

Ability to revise, adjust and adapt content to meet needs of course and instructor

Built-in interactive assessment questions

Assessment questions with feedback embedded throughout textbook

All-in-one Platform

Access to additional questions, test banks, and slides available within one platform

Pricing

Average price of textbook across most common format

Top Hat

Greg Domski, et.al, “Atoms First General Chemistry”, Only One Edition needed

Up to 40-60% more affordable

Lifetime access on any device

McGraw-Hill

Julia Burdge, et.al, Chemistry: Atoms First, 2nd Edition

$106.20

E-book

Nelson Education

Zumdahl, et al, Chemistry: An Atoms First Approach

$65.99

E-book

Always up-to-date content, constantly revised by community of professors

Constantly revised and updated by a community of professors with the latest content

Top Hat

Greg Domski, et.al, “Atoms First General Chemistry”, Only One Edition needed

McGraw-Hill

Julia Burdge, et.al, Chemistry: Atoms First, 2nd Edition

Nelson Education

Zumdahl, et al, Chemistry: An Atoms First Approach

In-book Interactivity

Includes embedded multi-media files and integrated software to enhance visual presentation of concepts directly in textbook

Top Hat

Greg Domski, et.al, “Atoms First General Chemistry”, Only One Edition needed

McGraw-Hill

Julia Burdge, et.al, Chemistry: Atoms First, 2nd Edition


Nelson Education

Zumdahl, et al, Chemistry: An Atoms First Approach

Customizable

Ability to revise, adjust and adapt content to meet needs of course and instructor

Top Hat

Greg Domski, et.al, “Atoms First General Chemistry”, Only One Edition needed

McGraw-Hill

Julia Burdge, et.al, Chemistry: Atoms First, 2nd Edition

Nelson Education

Zumdahl, et al, Chemistry: An Atoms First Approach


All-in-one Platform

Access to additional questions, test banks, and slides available within one platform

Top Hat

Greg Domski, et.al, “Atoms First General Chemistry”, Only One Edition needed

McGraw-Hill

Julia Burdge, et.al, Chemistry: Atoms First, 2nd Edition

Nelson Education

Zumdahl, et al, Chemistry: An Atoms First Approach

About this textbook

Lead Authors

Greg Domski, Ph.DAugustana College, Illinois

Greg Domski received his M.S (2005) and Ph.D (2008) in Inorganic chemistry from Cornell University, Ithaca, NY. He is currently an Associate Professor of Chemistry at Augustana College in Illinois, teaching General, Organic and Inorganic chemistry. His research interest include the development of novel binuclear donor-functionalized N-heterocyclic carbene transition metal complexes for transfer hydrogenation catalysis and the development of transition metal-based olefin polymerization catalysts. Greg also works closely with his students in developing their research and presenting their findings.

Contributing Authors

Sam AlvaradoUniversity of Wisconsin – River Falls

Ginger ReddNorth Carolina A&T State University

Amanda WilmsmeyerAugustana College

Henry KurtzUniversity of Memphis

Brad WileOhio Northern University

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Author Biographies

Welcome to Atoms First General Chemistry! This version has been adapted from Top Hat's General Chemistry textbook. Here is some information on each of our authors.

Authors of Atoms First General Chemistry

Greg Domski

Lead Author of Atoms First General Chemistry,  Augustana College

Greg Domski earned his Ph.D. at Cornell University where he developed organometallic catalysts for living, stereoselective olefin polymerization. He is currently an associate professor of chemistry at Augustana College (Illinois) where he teaches general, organic, and inorganic chemistry. His current research interests include synthesizing novel organometallic complexes and evaluating their catalytic potential in various organic transformations. He is also the Assistant Editor and Author of Top Hat General Chemistry.

Sam Alvarado

Contributing Author of Atoms First General Chemistry, University of Wisconsin - River Falls

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Samuel Alvarado is an assistant professor of chemistry at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. He earned his Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry from Iowa State University on the role of molecular precursor reactivity in the formation of colloidal nanocrystals. He was a visiting assistant professor at Carthage College before moving to River Falls, where he now teaches general and inorganic chemistry. His current research interests are in the synthesis and electronic structure of magic-sized nanoclusters.

Henry Kurtz

Contributing Author of Atoms First General Chemistry, University of Memphis

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Henry Kurtz is a Professor of Chemistry at the University of Memphis.  He received his B.S in Chemistry from Georgia Institute of Technology (1972) and Ph.D. from the University of Florida (1977).  He has been at the University of Memphis since 1983 and has held positions of department chair and dean of the College of Arts & Sciences. He has taught general chemistry courses throughout his time at Memphis.  He also maintains a research program in theoretical and computational chemistry focusing on nonlinear optics and the interactions of molecules with electric fields.

Ginger Redd

Contributing Author of Atoms First General Chemistry, North Carolina A&T State University

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Dr. Ginger P. Redd is a full-time faculty member with the Department of Chemistry at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University where she teaches physical science, introductory chemistry, general chemistry and organic chemistry. She received her B.S. in Chemistry from Alcorn State University in Lorman, Mississippi.  Later, she was awarded a Ph.D. in Medicinal Chemistry from the University of Mississippi in Oxford, MS. Her research interests include increasing the recruitment and retention of STEM majors, the incorporation of educational technologies to engage STEM learners and the persistency of women in chemistry.

Bradley Wile

Contributing Author of Atoms First General Chemistry, Ohio Northern University

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Bradley Wile attended St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, NS where he received his B.Sc. in Chemistry in 2002. He then moved to Dalhousie University in Halifax, NS where he pursued an interest in late transition metal catalysis. After completing his Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry in 2006, Dr. Wile moved to Cornell University as a postdoctoral researcher. He served as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Hamilton College from 2008 to 2010, before moving to Ohio Northern University, where he is currently an Associate Professor of Chemistry. He enjoys teaching general and inorganic chemistry, and maintains an active research group focussed on creating new catalysts.

Amanda Wilmsmeyer

Contributing Author of Atoms First General Chemistry, Augustana College

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Amanda Wilmsmeyer is an assistant professor of chemistry at Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois where she teaches general and environmental chemistry. She focuses her research on the surface chemistry of volatile organic compounds adsorbed to different sorbent materials. Prior to joining Augustana, Amanda earned her Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry from Virginia Tech where she focused on ultrahigh vacuum studies of organophosphonate adsorption. She earned her B.S. in Chemistry from Allegheny College.

Authors of General Chemistry

Franklin Ow

Editor and Principal Author

Franklin Ow received his B.S (1997) and Ph.D (2007) from the University of California, Los Angeles. His doctoral work focused on gas-phase photochemistry of organometallic compounds in Jeffrey Zink’s group. Franklin is currently an Associate Professor at East Los Angeles College, teaching introductory, general, and organic chemistry. He also lectures at UCLA, teaching general, organic, and inorganic chemistry.

Greg Domski

Assistant Editor & Author

Greg Domski earned his Ph.D. at Cornell University where he developed organometallic catalysts for living, stereoselective olefin polymerization. He is currently an associate professor of chemistry at Augustana College (Illinois) where he teaches general, organic, and inorganic chemistry. His current research interests include synthesizing novel organometallic complexes and evaluating their catalytic potential in various organic transformations. He is also the Lead Author of Top Hat General Chemistry.

Charles Atwood

Contributor

Charles Atwood is the Ronald and Eileen Ragsdale Professor of Chemical Education at the University of Utah. He graduated from Millsaps College in Jackson, MS with a BS in Chemistry. Then he graduated from The Florida State University with a Ph.D. in Nuclear/Inorganic Chemistry. He was a professor at Mercer University and the University of Georgia prior to moving to Utah in 2011. He was named a Josiah Meigs Teaching professor at the University of Georgia and received the 2009 University System of Georgia Board of Regents’ Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Award.

Lisa Capriotti

Contributor

Lisa Capriotti received her B.S. in Chemistry from Gettysburg College and her PhD in Chemistry and Biochemistry from the University of Delaware working on surface-induced peptide folding. As a postdoctoral researcher at Johns Hopkins University she developed biomaterials for tissue engineering. In 2009, she enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served on the USS VICKSBURG and the Naval Nuclear Power Training Command. Dr. Capriotti then joined the faculty at The Citadel Military College. Dr. Capriotti also teaches and competes internationally in the Olympic sport of Judo.

Tsun-Mei Chang

Contributor

Tsun-Mei Chang received her B.S. degree in chemistry from National Taiwan University, Taiwan and her Ph.D. degree in chemical physics from New York’s Columbia University. She did postdoctoral research at the University of California – Los Angeles and at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. After working as a visiting scholar at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, she joined the chemistry department at the University of Wisconsin – Parkside, where she has taught since 1999.

Paul Cooper

Contributor

Paul Cooper is an Associate Professor at George Mason University. In 2000 he received a B.Sc.(Hons) and in 2005 a Ph.D. from The University of Western Australia. From 2005-2007 he held a NASA Postdoctoral Program Fellowship at NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center while researching the radiolysis of planetary ices. Since 2007 he has been at GMU where he teaches General and Physical Chemistry classes. In 2011 he was awarded an Outstanding Teaching Award from GMU’s College of Science, followed by a University Teaching Excellence Award in 2012.

Carrie Miller

Contributor

Carrie Miller is an Associate Professor of Chemistry at Azusa Pacific University, where she teaches General Chemistry and Physical Chemistry. She graduated summa cum laude from Wittenberg University in 2005 before earning her Ph.D. in physical chemistry from the University of Notre Dame in 2010. As a graduate student, Miller won two awards for outstanding teaching (Rudolph E. Bottei Graduate Teaching Award and Outstanding Graduate Student Teacher Award for Excellence). She conducted research at Georgetown University until 2012 when she joined the faculty at Azusa Pacific.

Sherif Moussa

Contributor

Sherif Moussa is an Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Virginia Commonwealth University where he teaches General Chemistry and Physical Chemistry. He received his B.S. degree in chemistry from Ain Shams University, Egypt, his MS degree in Corrosion Science from Imperial College, London, UK, and his Ph.D. degree in Materials Science and Engineering from University of Missouri-Columbia, Missouri. He has more than 40 journal articles published, in addition to 3 provisional patents in the field of materials science and engineering as well as in nanotechnology.

James Ross

Contributor

James Ross is a chemistry professor, researcher, and author of several children’s chemistry books. James completed his B.S. and Ph.D. in chemistry at the University of Liverpool in Great Britain. He left his postdoctoral research to pursue a teaching career first in high school, and later in college. He was awarded an ASPIRE science teaching award in 2007 from Houston Independent School District. Today he is faculty in the department of chemistry at East Los Angeles College where he researches the impact of reading and student affect on exam performance.