Basics of Chemistry: General, Organic and Biological
Basics of Chemistry: General, Organic and Biological

Basics of Chemistry: General, Organic and Biological

Lead Author(s): Norbert Pienta

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Basics of Chemistry uses problem-based learning to introduce general, organic and biological chemistry.

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Basics of Chemistry: G.O.B introduces the content in a more approachable way with conversational and engaging writing.
Homework and additional questions for every chapter, great for tests, self-learning and other applications!
Full set of slide decks aligned to each chapter of the book; ready to use in class, with Top Hat questions.

Comparison of Introduction to Basic of Chemistry: General, Organic, and Biological Textbooks

Consider adding Top Hat’s Basic of Chemistry: General, Organic, and Biological to your upcoming course. We’ve put together a textbook comparison to make it easy for you in your upcoming evaluation.

Top Hat

Norb Pienta, “Basics of Chemistry: General, Organic, and Biological”, Only One Edition needed

Pearson

Frost, Laura, “General, Organic, and Biological Chemistry: Concise, Practical, Integrated (3rd ed.)”

Pearson

McMurry, et al., “Fundamentals of General, Organic, and Biological Chemistry (8th ed.)”

Wiley

Raymond, Kenneth W., “General Organic and Biological Chemistry: An Integrated Approach (4th ed.)”

Pricing

Average price of textbook across most common format

Up to 40-60% more affordable

Lifetime access on any device

$54.99

E-book

$150.33

Hardcover print text only

$139.10

E-book

$192.00

Hardcover print text only

$64

E-book

$173.95

Hardcover print text only

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

Content meets standard for Basic of Chemistry. 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

Only available with supplementary resources at additional cost

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

Norb Pienta, “Basic of Chemistry: General, Organic, and Biological”, Only One Edition needed

Up to 40-60% more affordable

Lifetime access on any device

Pearson

Frost, Laura, “General, Organic, and Biological Chemistry: Concise, Practical, Integrated (3rd ed.)”

$54.99

E-book

$150.33

Hardcover print text only

Pearson

McMurry, et al., “Fundamentals of General, Organic, and Biological Chemistry (8th ed.)”

$139.10

E-book

$192.00

Hardcover print text only

Wiley

Raymond, Kenneth W., “General Organic and Biological Chemistry: An Integrated Approach (4th ed.)”

$64

E-book

$173.95

Hardcover print text only

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

Content meets standard for Introduction to Anatomy & Physiology course, and is updated with the latest content

Top Hat

Norb Pienta, “Basic of Chemistry: General, Organic, and Biological”, Only One Edition needed

Pearson

Frost, Laura, “General, Organic, and Biological Chemistry: Concise, Practical, Integrated (3rd ed.)”

Pearson

McMurry, et al., “Fundamentals of General, Organic, and Biological Chemistry (8th ed.)”

Wiley

Raymond, Kenneth W., “General Organic and Biological Chemistry: An Integrated Approach (4th ed.)”

In-book Interactivity

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

Top Hat

Norb Pienta, “Basic of Chemistry: General, Organic, and Biological”, Only One Edition needed

Pearson

Frost, Laura, “General, Organic, and Biological Chemistry: Concise, Practical, Integrated (3rd ed.)”

Only available with supplementary resources at additional cost

Pearson

McMurry, et al., “Fundamentals of General, Organic, and Biological Chemistry (8th ed.)”

Only available with supplementary resources at additional cost

Wiley

Raymond, Kenneth W., “General Organic and Biological Chemistry: An Integrated Approach (4th ed.)”

Only available with supplementary resources at additional cost

Customizable

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

Top Hat

Norb Pienta, “Basic of Chemistry: General, Organic, and Biological”, Only One Edition needed

Pearson

Frost, Laura, “General, Organic, and Biological Chemistry: Concise, Practical, Integrated (3rd ed.)”

Pearson

McMurry, et al., “Fundamentals of General, Organic, and Biological Chemistry (8th ed.)”

Wiley

Raymond, Kenneth W., “General Organic and Biological Chemistry: An Integrated Approach (4th ed.)”

All-in-one Platform

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

Top Hat

Norb Pienta, “Basic of Chemistry: General, Organic, and Biological”, Only One Edition needed

Pearson

Frost, Laura, “General, Organic, and Biological Chemistry: Concise, Practical, Integrated (3rd ed.)”

Pearson

McMurry, et al., “Fundamentals of General, Organic, and Biological Chemistry (8th ed.)”

Wiley

Raymond, Kenneth W., “General Organic and Biological Chemistry: An Integrated Approach (4th ed.)”

About this textbook

Lead Author

Norbert Pienta, Ph.DUniversity of North Carolina

Norbert Pienta received a PhD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on synthetic and mechanistic applications of organic photochemistry. He has conducted research on how students learn chemistry best and applies these techniques to his text, and he has been the editor of the Journal of Chemical Education since 2009.

Textbook Details

This is an introductory textbook that includes topics that one would expect for students in a college-level course seeking a broad background in general, organic and biological areas. There are design ideas from successful, evidence-based pedagogies and strategies (problem-based learning, applications, case studies). This textbook ascribes to the principle of “need to know”, in which sufficient background is presented to explain the ideas and information to the reader, and it makes topics understandable and lucid to the learner, aids the instructor in their tasks: succinctly, accurately and in an interesting way.

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Welcome to Basics of Chemistry: General, Organic and Biological!

Hi there! Welcome to Top Hat's Basics of Chemistry interactive text! We hope you have a great experience with this course, and our text. To start, we would like to introduce you to some of our features so that you are comfortable with your new textbook. 

Among the things you will frequently encounter in our texts are embedded questions. Depending on your professor, these may be graded for participation or correctness. There are six types of questions we have to offer, plus discussion style questions. Let's take a look at one of each:

1) Multiple Choice: Simply click on the correct answer. If there is more than one correct answer, it will be specified in the question. 

Q1

What is the chemical symbol for sodium?

A

Li

B

Na

C

He

D

Fe


2) Word Answer: Just type in your answer into the textbox. 

Q2

What is the common name for the compound H2_2O?


3) Numeric Answer: As the name suggests, these questions require an answer that is a number. 

Q3

How many atoms are in a mol? Use "E" for scientific notation. For example, the number 2.1 x 106^6 would be written as 2.1E6


4) Matching Question: Click on an item in the left hand column, and then click on its match in the right hand column to align them. 

Q4

Match the phases of matter with their correct examples.

Premise
Response
1

Solid

A

Air

2

Liquid

B

Salt crystal

3

Gas

C

Water


5) Click on Target Question: These questions will be accompanied by a picture. You must click on the correct part of the picture. Sometimes, multiple clicks will be allowed. 

Q5

Click on the box that represents nitrogen


6) Sorting Question: Drag the options into the proper order. 

Q6

Sort the Nobel Prize winners from oldest (bottom) to most recent (top)

A

Marie Curie - 1911

B

Fritz Haber -1918

C

Ernest Rutherford - 1908


7) Fill in the Blank Question: Fill in the blanks with word or numerical answers

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Throughout the book, you will see two different types of banners, that indicate sections within each chapter to help you out, or pique your interest. They are:

The Problem Solved! sections will walk you step-by-step through solving common problems related to each chapter. Expect to find 1-5 of these per chapter. 

The Did You Know? sections will call out important facts and helpful hints related to the topic being covered in that section.


Reference for this text:

Pienta, Norb. (2018). Basics of Chemistry: General, Organic and Biological: A Top Hat Interactive Text. 2nd ed. Toronto, Ontario: Top Hat Monocle. Available from https://tophat.com/marketplace/science-&-math/chemistry/textbooks/basics-of-chemistry-general-organic-and-biological-norbert-pienta/2060

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