Features and Benefits

Personalize learning with Mastering® Chemistry.

Mastering Chemistry from Savvas is the leading online homework, tutorial, and assessment system, designed to improve results by engaging students with powerful content. Instructors ensure students arrive ready to learn by assigning educationally effective content and encourage critical thinking and retention with in-class resources such as Learning Catalytics. Students can further master concepts through homework assignments that provide hints and answer-specific feedback. The Mastering gradebook records scores for all automatically graded assignments in one place, while diagnostic tools give instructors access to rich data to assess student understanding and misconceptions.

  • NEW! 12 Key Concept Videos bring the total number to 39. Theseare 3-5 minute videos, embedded in eText 2.0, that feature author Nivaldo Tro introducing a key concept from the chapter. Each video has an embedded question posed to the student to test understanding, making the video interactive, and also includes a follow-up question that is assignable in Mastering Chemistry.
  • NEW! 19 New Interactive Worked Examples, embedded in eText 2.0,are white-board style examples (39 total), in which the author instructs students how to break down and solve problems using his proven Sort, Strategize, Solve, and Check technique.
  • NEW INTERACTIVITY! Conceptual Connections and Self-Assessment Quizzes allow students to interact with all conceptual connection and self-assessment quizzes within eText 2.0! With one click on the eText 2.0 icon, these activities are brought to life, allowing students to study on their own and test their understanding in real-time. Complete with answer-specific feedback, these interactives help students dispel misconceptions and deepen their understanding of important topics. Quizzes are algorithmically coded into Mastering Chemistry to allow students to practice the types of questions they will encounter on the ACS or other exams.
  • NEW! The Chemistry Primer helps students remediate their chemistry math skills and prepare for their first college chemistry course.
    • Pre-built Assignments get students up to speed at the beginning of the course.
    • Math is covered in the context of chemistry, basic chemical literacy, balancing chemical equations, mole theory, and stoichiometry.
    • Scaled to students’ needs, remediation is only suggested to students that perform poorly on initial assessment.
    • Remediation includes tutorials, wrong-answer specific feedback, video instruction, and step-wise scaffolding to build students’ abilities.
  • NEW! 66 Dynamic Study Modules help students study effectively on their own by continuously assessing their activity and performance in real time.
    • Students complete a set of questions with a unique answer format that also asks them to indicate their confidence level. Questions repeat until the student can answer them all correctly and confidently. These are available as graded assignments prior to class and are accessible on smartphones, tablets, and computers.
    • Topics include key math skills such as significant figures and scientific notation, as well as general chemistry concepts that include understanding matter, chemical reactions, and understanding the periodic table & atomic structure. Topics can be addedor removed to match your coverage.
  • NEW! eText 2.0, optimized for mobile seamlessly integrates videos and other rich media with the text andgives students access to their textbook anytime, anywhere.
    • eText 2.0 mobile app offers offline access and can be downloaded for most iOS and Android phones/tablets from the Apple App Store or Google Play
    • Accessible (screen-reader ready)
    • Configurable reading settings, including resizable type and night reading mode
    • Instructor and student note-taking, highlighting, bookmarking, and search
  • NEW! Learning Catalytics helps generate class discussion, customize lectures, and promote peer-to-peer learning with real-time analytics. Learning Catalytics uses students’ smartphones, tablets, or laptops to engage them in more interactive tasks and thinking.
    • NEW! Upload a full PowerPoint® deck for easy creation of slide questions.
    • NEW! Team names are no longer case sensitive.
    • Help students develop critical thinking skills.
    • Monitor responses to find out where students are struggling.
    • Rely on real-time data to adjust teaching strategy.
    • Automatically group students for discussion, teamwork, and peer-to-peer learning.
  • Interactive simulations cover difficult chemistry concepts. Written by leading authors in simulation development, they foster student understanding of chemistry and clearly illustrate cause-and-effect relationships in difficult subjects areas such as electrolysis, acid-base titration, and calorimetry.
  • The easy-to-use chemistry drawing tool lets students draw a diverse range of structures.
  • Pause and Predict Videos engage students by requiring them to submit a prediction about the outcome of an experiment or demonstration before seeing the final result. A set of assignable tutorials based on these videos challenge students to transfer their understanding of the demonstration to related scenarios. These videos are also available in the Pearson® eText.
  • Assignable, in-depth tutorials guide students through the toughest topics in chemistry with individualized coaching. These self-paced tutorials coach students with hints and feedback specific to individual misconceptions. Tutorials respond to a wide variety of typical wrong answers that students enter at any step. Tutorials offer students hints, allowing them to choose specific help when they need it.
  • Math Remediation links in selected tutorials launch algorithmically generated math exercises that give students unlimited practice on prerequisite skills, freeing up class and office-hour time to focus on the chemistry. Exercises include guided solutions, sample problems, and learning aids for extra help, and offer helpful feedback when students enter incorrect answers.
  • Visualizations are tutorials that enable students to make connections between real-life phenomena and the underlying chemistry that explains such phenomena. The tutorials, many of them interactive and require student participation, increase the conceptual understanding of the topic and clearly illustrate cause-and-effect relationships.
  • Reading Quizzes give instructors the opportunity to assign reading, and test students on their comprehension of chapter content.
  • Enhanced end-of-chapter questions with answer-specific feedback use data gathered from all of the students using the program, to offer wrong-answer feedback that is specific to each student. Rather than simply providing feedback of the "right/wrong/try again" variety, Mastering guides students towards the correct final answer without giving the answer away.
  • Key Math Skills and Core Chemistry Skills Tutorials provide assignable practice problems related to the in-text feature boxes, ensuring that students master the basic quantitative and science skills they need to succeed in the course.
  • Thousands of test bank problems are provided, allowing instructors to use the same system for building tests and exams for on- or off-line delivery. Instructors can also include a wide variety (multiple-choice, short-answer, randomized numerical, and choose-all-that-apply) of problems in weekly homework assignments.

About the Book

Builds Twenty-First Century Skills

  • NEW! Data Interpretation and Analysis, a new category of end- of- chapter questions has been added to each chapter. These questions present actual data from real-life situations and ask students to analyze and interpret that data. They are designed to give students much- needed practice in reading graphs, understanding tables, and making data-driven decisions.
  • A new section (Section 1.4) introduces these skills and emphasizes their importance in student success.

Enables deep conceptual understanding

  • NEW! 13 new Conceptual Checkpoint questions have been added throughout the book. Conceptual Checkpoints reinforce conceptual understanding of the most complex material. Strategically located throughout each chapter, they prompt students to think about concepts and solve problems without doing any math. Answers and explanations appear at the end of each chapter.
  • Key Learning Outcomes correlate to the Chemical Skills and Examples in the end-of-chapter material and to the content within Mastering Chemistry. Each section in every chapter (after the introductory sections) includes at least one learning outcome summarizing the key learning objective to help students focus and assess their progress.
  • Self-Assessment Quizzes at the end of each chapter provide opportunities for students to assess what they’ve learned. Each quiz consists of 10—15 multiple-choice questions similar to those found on standard exams.
  • Multipart molecular images depicted through Macroscopic, Microscopic, and Symbolic perspectives enable students to better visualize, and thus understand, chemistry.
    • Multipart images help students to see the relationships among the formulas they write down on paper (symbolic), the world they see around them (macroscopic), and the atoms and molecules that compose that world (molecular).
    • Abundant molecular-level views reveal the connections between everyday processes visible to the eye and the activities of atoms and molecules.
    • Extensive labels and annotations for each illustration direct students to key elements in the art and help them to fully understand the processes depicted.
  • REVISED! The art program has been further refined and improved, making the visual impact sharper and more targeted for student learning. The art program has been modified to move information from the captions and into the art itself. This allows relevant information to be placed right where it is most needed and makes the art a more accessible study and review tool.

Fosters development of problem-solving skills

  • NEW! 39 Interactive Worked Examples instruct students how to break down problems using Tro’s “Sort, Strategize, Solve, and Check” technique in an interactive, digital format. These problems are incorporated in Mastering Chemistry as assignable activities and are embedded in eText 2.0
  • In the ‘Strategize’ step for many examples, students are prompted to draw a solution map for the problem. Students learn how to use conversion factors and equations to outline the steps needed to get from the given to the unknown.
  • Examples are presented in formats that foster problem-solving skills and enable understanding.
    • All but the simplest examples are presented in a two-column format. The left column acts as the instructor’s voice, explaining the purpose of each step, while the right column shows how the step is executed. This format encourages students to think critically about problem solving, and to view each step in the context of the overall plan.
    • Particular types of problems are presented in a three-column format. The first column outlines the problem-solving procedure and explains the reasoning that underlies each step. The second and third columns show how the steps are implemented for two typical examples. Seeing the method applied to two related but slightly different problems helps students better understand the general procedure.
  • Every worked example is followed by at least one similar, but un-worked, skill-builder exercise, which allows students to immediately put into practice the problem-solving techniques they just learned.
  • The For More Practice features, which follow every worked example, links to additional in-chapter examples and end-of-chapter problems, providing opportunities for students to practice relevant skills.
  • In-text cross-references to the math index appear throughout the text, to make sure students are aware that math help is available right at their fingertips.

Encourages interest in Chemistry

  • In the text’s engaging chapter openers, Nivaldo Tro offers a specific example of the concept at hand to grab students' attention, steps back to make a more general and relatable analogy, and then delves into specifics.
  • Interest boxes of four types throughout the text keep students engaged in the course.
    • Everyday Chemistry boxes demonstrate the importance of chemistry in everyday situations, such as bleaching your hair.
    • Chemistry in the Media boxes discuss chemical topics that have been in the news, such as the the origin of life on Earth.
    • Chemistry and Health boxes focus on biomedical topics as well as those related to personal health and fitness.
    • Chemistry in the Environment boxes discuss environmental issues that are closely tied to chemistry, such as the Flint, Michigan water crisis.

Updated Content

  • UPDATED! The data throughout the book has been updated to reflect the most recent measurements and developments available.
    • For example, the half-life of Carbon-14 has been changed to 5715 years in Table 17.2 and throughout Chapter 17 to reflect the current accepted value and new information has been added about thermoluminescent dosimeters in Section 17.4.
    • Other updates include changes made to Figure 8.2 Climate Change, Section 10.1 Bonding Models and AIDS Drugs, Table 11.5 Changes in Pollutant Levels for Major U.S. Cities, 1980—2014, The Chemistry in the Environment box in Section 12.8 Water: A Remarkable Molecule, and Section 17.8 Nuclear Power: Using Fission to Generate Electricity.
  • UPDATED! Several chapter-opening sections (and/or the corresponding art), including Sections 1.1, 2.1, 12.1, and 16.1, have been replaced or significantly modified.
  • NEW! A new section (Section 2.8), new example (Example 2.12), and new end-of-chapter problems address conversions involving quantities with combined units, such as mL/kg or km/hr.
  • NEW! Temporary symbols for elements 113, 115, 117, and 118 (Uut, Uup, Uus, and Uuo, respectively) have been added to all periodic tables.
  • REVISED! Text in all chapters has been edited for clarity and to limit use of passive voice and extraneous words and phrases.