General Chemistry – Ralph H. Petrucci – 8th Edition


While there is a great deal of convergence about the concepts taught in a one year course, the way those principles are taught, to what depth, and the kind of vocabulary used in teaching them varies from text to text. This allows the authors to focus their teaching in ways appropriate to different kinds of .

This text is geared towards a one year course in general for students going on to careers in , , and other technical . The vocabulary of the text is adapted to build up comfort with the technical terms of chemistry and familiarity in working with formulae rather than being content with intuitions about chemistry. It also has a nice addition of the actual people whose names are given to various laws and concepts in chemistry. When the name is presented there is also a picture and a sentence or two about who they were. I enjoyed this a great deal because it brings the text to life a bit more.

This is an excellent text for students who have had at least a bit of chemistry before tackling this course. And for technical students it will be more rewarding than other more basic texts even though they both cover similar ground. The more technical approach taken here will be more enriching to them.

Table of Content

01 Matter - Its Properties and Measurement
02 Atoms and the Atomic Theory
03 Chemical Compounds
04 Chemical Reactions
05 Introduction to Reactions in Aqueous Solutions
06 Gases
07 Thermochemistry
08 The Atmospheric Gases and Hydrogen
09 Electrons in Atoms
10 The Periodic Table and Some Atomic Properties
11 Chemical Bonding I: Basic Concepts
12 Chemical Bonding II: Additional Aspects
13 Liquids, Solids, and Intermolecular Forces
14 Solutions and Their Physical Properties
15 Chemical Kinetics
16 Principles of Chemical Equilibrium
17 Acids and Bases
18 Additional Aspects of Acid-Base Equilibria
19 Solubility and Complex-Ion Equilibria
20 Spontaneous Change: Entropy and Free Energy
21 Electrochemistry
22 Main-Group Elements I: Metals
23 Main-Group Elements II: Nonmetals
24 The Transition Elements
25 Complex Ions and Coordination Compounds
26 Nuclear Chemistry
27 Organic Chemistry
28 Chemistry of the Living State