Chemical Structure and Reactivity: An Integrated Approach (2nd edition)

ISBN : 9780199604135

James Keeler; Peter Wothers
896 ページ
195 x 266 mm
  • The only introductory text to take a truly integrated approach in explaining the fundamentals of chemistry
  • Fosters an orbital-based understanding of reactions, with clear curly-arrow mechanistic detail throughout
  • A two-part structure allows flexibility of use; Part I lays down the core of the subject, while Part II describes a series of relatively standalone topics, which can be selected to fit a particular course
  • Numerous concepts are illustrated with fully cross-referenced custom-developed online modules, enabling students to develop an understanding through active learning
  • Self-test exercises embedded in the text (with solutions at the end of each chapter) and extensive question sets encourage hands-on learning, to help students master the subject and gain confidence
  • The Online Resource Centre features a range of additional resources for both students and registered adopters of the book

New to this Edition:

  • A new chapter on symmetry has been added to Part I
  • Discussions of certain topics, such as organometallic chemistry, spectroscopy, and molecular geometry, have been expanded
  • Cross references from Part I to Part II have been increased to make the links between core concepts and more advanced topics clearer
  • More self-test questions and exercises have been provided

Why do certain substances react together in the way that they do? What determines the shape of molecules? And how can we predict whether a particular reaction will happen at all?
Such questions lie at the heart of chemistry - the science of understanding the composition of substances, their reactions, and properties. While often fragmented into the strands of inorganic, organic, and physical chemistry, a full understanding of chemistry can only be gained by seeing the subject as a single, unified whole.
Chemical Structure and Reactivity rises to the challenge of depicting the reality of chemistry. Offering a fresh approach to undergraduate teaching, it depicts the subject as a seamless discipline, showing how organic, inorganic, and physical concepts can be blended together to achieve the common goal of understanding chemical systems.
With a lively and engaging writing style augmented throughout by purpose-drawn illustrations, and custom-developed online support, Chemical Structure and Reactivityalone makes taking an integrated approach in the teaching of chemistry a realistic proposition.


Part I: The fundamentals
1: Molecules and molecular structures: an overview
2: Electrons in atoms
3: Symmetry
4: Electrons in molecules: diatomics
5: Electrons in molecules: polyatomics
6: Bonding in solids
7: Thermodynamics and the Second Law
8: Trends in bonding
9: Bonding between the elements
10: Describing reactions using orbitals
11: Organic chemistry 1: functional groups
12: The rates of reactions
Part II: Going further
13: Spectroscopy
14: Organic chemistry 2: three-dimensional shapes
15: Organic chemistry 3: reactions of pi systems
16: Main group chemistry
17: Transition metals
18: Quantum mechanics and spectroscopy
19: Chemical thermodynamics
20: Chemical kinetics
21: Electrochemistry
22: Dimensions, units and some key mathematical ideas


James Keeler, Department of Chemistry and Selwyn College, University of Cambridge
Peter Wothers, Department of Chemistry and St Catharine's College, University of Cambridge

Review from previous edition 
This is the most innovative and impressive undergraduate chemistry textbook I have been exposed to in years; it is quite outstanding in its creative and imaginative approach. The authors appear to have stood back and re-thought the whole approach to teaching chemistry at this level. The logical and innovative order in which material is developed and explained is all the more impressive when we take account of the fact that rigour and attention to detail is not compromised. - Dr David McGarvey, Keele University
The objective of the authors, to break down the barriers used to manage the teaching of chemistry, is laudable, and they achieve their aim, particularly in the first section of the book. They have assembled a teaching resource that is refreshing in its style and rigorous in its content. - Education in Chemistry, 2009
It is a tremendous contribution to the teaching of the chemical sciences. The authors have adopted a new approach to the teaching of chemistry which cuts through physical, inorganic and organic chemistry as needed. This text is brilliant for students who want a book that explains difficult concepts in an accessible but still rigorous form. - Dr M. Crispin, Oriel College, Oxford