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Chemistry: The Central Science, 13th Edition

By Theodore E. Brown, H. Eugene LeMay, Bruce E. Bursten, Catherine Murphy, Patrick Woodward, Matthew E. Stoltzfus

Published by Pearson

Published Date: Jan 1, 2014


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Table of Contents

1 Introduction: Matter and Measurement

2 Atoms, Molecules, and Ions

3 Chemical Reactions and Reaction Stoichiometry

4 Reactions in Aqueous Solution

5 Thermochemistry

6 Electronic Structure of Atoms

7 Periodic Properties of the Elements

8 Basic Concepts of Chemical Bonding

9 Molecular Geometry and Bonding Theories

10 Gases

11 Liquids and Intermolecular Forces

12 Solids and Modern Materials

13 Properties of Solutions

14 Chemical Kinetics

15 Chemical Equilibrium

16 Acid—Base Equilibria

17 Additional Aspects of Aqueous Equilibria

18 Chemistry of the Environment

19 Chemical Thermodynamics

20 Electrochemistry

21 Nuclear Chemistry

22 Chemistry of the Nonmetals

23 Transition Metals and Coordination Chemistry

24 The Chemistry of Life: Organic and Biological Chemistry



A Mathematical Operations

B Properties of Water

C Thermodynamic Quantities for Selected Substances at 298.15 K (25 °C)

D Aqueous Equilibrium Constants

E Standard Reduction Potentials at 25 °C

Answers to Selected Exercises

Answers to “Give It Some Thought”

Answers to “Go Figure”

Answers to Selected Practice Exercises


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