Chemistry3: Introducing Inorganic, Organic and Physical Chemistry (3rd edition)

ISBN : 9780198733805

Andrew Parsons; Gareth Price
1416 ページ
219 x 276 mm



  • The most approachable and engaging introduction to chemistry available.
  • Chemistry³ spans all three strands of chemistry - organic, inorganic and physical - to provide unrivalled coverage across the full breadth of the field.
  • The author team comprises organic, inorganic and physical chemists, together with chemistry educators, ensuring the text is approachable and engaging while being uniformly authoritative throughout.
  • Abundant full-colour diagrams provide visual reinforcement of the text.
  • Takes a mechanistic approach to organic chemistry, making it unique amongst introductory chemistry texts.
  • The carefully-layered approach of Chemistry³builds on the students' prior knowledge to support the transition between school and university-level chemistry, providing them with a firm understanding of the fundamental principles on which they can build later studies.
  • Context boxes and photographs throughout the book highlight examples of chemistry in our everyday lives, engaging students and reminding them of the central role that chemistry plays in our society.
  • The structured maths support helps students get to grips with the often daunting - yet essential - mathematical element of chemistry.
  • Cross-references highlight the connections between each strand of chemistry to help students develop an understanding of the subject as a whole.
  • Worked examples show students how to plan a strategy for solving problems.
  • Questions at the end of each chapter encourage students to cement what they have learnt, and challenge them to go further in their thinking around the topic.
  • Chemistry³ is supported by a full teaching and learning multimedia package including interactive exercises which encourage students to actively learn, videos of molecular structures, and screencasts in which authors talk through selected examples and key reaction mechanisms step-by-step, clearly linking theory to practice.

New to this Edition:

  • The first chapter has been thoroughly revised to support the transition between A Level and university level study even more effectively.
  • 200 new figures have been created to better illustrate and communicate key concepts.
  • An additional 50 end of chapter problems are now included with outline answers supplied online, all linked to relevant sections of the chapter.
  • The online learning resources now include interactive multiple choice questions and solutions for students.

Chemistry is widely considered to be the central science: it encompasses concepts from which other branches of science are developed. Yet, for many students entering university, gaining a firm grounding in chemistry is a real challenge. Chemistry³ responds to this challenge, providing students with a full understanding of the fundamental principles of chemistry on which to build later studies. 
Uniquely amongst the introductory chemistry texts currently available, Chemistry³ is written by a team of chemists to give equal coverage of organic, inorganic and physical chemistry - coverage that is uniformly authoritative. The approach to organic chemistry is mechanistic, rather than the old-fashioned 'functional group' approach, to help students achieve a fuller understanding of the underlying principles. 
The expertise of the author team is complemented by two specialists in chemistry education, who bring to the book a wealth of experience of teaching chemistry in a way that students enjoy and understand, and who understand the challenges of the transition from school to university. The result is a text that builds on what students know already from school and tackles their misunderstandings and misconceptions, thereby providing a seamless transition from school to undergraduate study. 
The authors achieve unrivalled accessibility through the provision of carefully-worded explanations and reminders of students' existing knowledge; the introduction of concepts in a logical and progressive manner; and the use of annotated diagrams and step-by-step worked examples. Students are encouraged to engage with the text and appreciate the central role that chemistry plays in our lives through the unique use of real-world context and photographs. 
Chemistry³ tackles head-on two issues pervading chemistry education: students' mathematical skills, and their ability to see the subject as a single, unified discipline. Instead of avoiding the maths, Chemistry³ provides structured support, in the form of careful explanations, reminders of key mathematical concepts, step-by-step calculations in worked examples, and a Maths Toolkit, to help students get to grips with the essential mathematical element of chemistry. Frequent cross-references highlight the connections between each strand of chemistry and explain the relationship between the topics, so students can develop an understanding of the subject as a whole.


1: Fundamentals
2: Language of organic chemistry
3: Atomic structure and properties
4: Diatomic molecules
5: Polyatomic molecules
6: Solids
7: Acids and bases
8: Gases
9: Reaction kinetics
10: Molecular spectroscopy
11: Analytical chemistry
12: Molecular characterization
13: Energy and thermochemistry
14: Entropy and gibbs energy
15: Chemical equilibrium
16: Electrochemistry
17: Phase equilibrium and solutions
18: Isomerism and stereochemistry
19: Organic reaction mechanisms
20: Halogenoalkanes: substitution and elimination reactions
21: Alkenes and alkynes: electrophilic addition and pericyclic reactions
22: Benzene and other aromatic compounds: electrophilic substitution reactions
23: Aldehydes and ketones: nucleophilic addition and alpha-substitution reactions
24: Carboxylic acids and derivatives: nucleophilic acyl substitution and alpha-substitution reactions
25: Hydrogen
26: S-block chemistry
27: P-block chemistry
28: D-block chemistry
Maths Toolkit


Andrew Burrows, Department of Chemistry, University of Bath
John Holman, Emeritus Professor of Chemistry, University of York, President of the Royal Society of Chemistry, University of York
Andrew Parsons, Department of Chemistry, University of York
Gwen Pilling, Formerly of the Science Education Group, University of York
Gareth Price, Department of Chemistry, University of Bath

"It is a great textbook for first year courses with really good use of visual aids and excellent provision of worked examples to illustrate the concepts and their applications. It is a perfect transition from A-Level to Higher Education Chemistry." - Dr Rossana Wright, University of Nottingham

"Chemistry3 is the best introductory chemistry textbook currently available. It is well written, excels in clarity of presentation, and is an outstanding book from the student learning perspective. All of the concepts covered are well explained and supported by excellent artwork. This is a book that all first and second year chemistry undergraduates should have." - Dr Gareth Owen, University of South Wales

"This is an exemplar modern chemistry resource with a very rounded pedagogical approach to engaging students and supporting staff in delivering key chemical concepts and supporting facts. It is a one stop shop for mainstream chemistry fundamentals." - Dr Loretta M. Murphy, Bangor University

"A fantastic all-round reference for university-level chemistry. It is a perfect way to bridge between school and university." - Adam Stubbs, student at Newcastle University

"Chemistry3 is the best university chemistry text book for first and second year science students. It is comprehensive and contains all the fundamentals for chemists to know- from analytical to organic chemistry. It is also a student friendly book with tons of pictures and applications of chemistry in the real world." - Christian Nichol J. Geronimo, student at Dublin Institute of Technology

"This material is fantastic and should be used alongside courses. The level of detail is exactly right for undergraduate courses and the colour coding of the boxes for worked examples and summaries make them really easy to find. There are lots of questions for you to have a go at which makes it easy to practice the new skills the book is helping to teach." - Rebecca Snelgrove, student at Keele University

"Plenty of facts and figures are scattered throughout the text which makes reading not solely an educational, but also a fun activity. The examples of real life chemistry applications maintain the connection between theory and practice. The interdisciplinary approach provides a broader chemical understanding while not losing the comprehensiveness of the book. In short, a good all-in-one textbook for first-year students in chemistry." - Jelte van der Valk, student at the University of Groningen, the Netherlands

"The topics are very thoroughly explained and are at exactly the right level for the student. There are many great examples illustrating the topics. It is a great book to read and study from as a student starting university. This is definitely a book I would buy, read and return to, when I needed an explanation for some basic chemistry." - Michelle Rasmussen, student at the University of Roskilde, Denmark