Features and Benefits

Superior support beyond the classroom with Mastering® Chemistry®

MasteringChemistry, the leading online homework, tutorial, and assessment tool, gives students instant feedback so they can quickly master the concepts of chemistry–while providing instructors with a wide range of online assignments to ensure student learning.

NEW! Better integration of the textbook with Mastering Chemistry is accomplished through features such as Practice exercises with wrong-answer feedback that act as a bridge between the formative tutorials and the challenging end-of-chapter questions.

NEW! Digital co-author Dr. Matthew W. Stoltzfus contributes to the text and provides his expertise to enhance the digital assets associated with the author content. As a Digital First Faculty Fellow at The Ohio State University, he teaches with the "flipping the classroom" lecture approach, recently featured on ESPN and NPR mainly due to his iTunesU course, which has an enrollment of over 105,000 students.

NEW! Learning CatalyticsTM is a student engagement, assessment, and classroom intelligence system allowing students to use their smartphones, tablets, or laptops to respond to questions in class. Visit www.learningcatalytics.com to learn more.

NEW! Adaptive Follow-Up Assignments allow instructors to deliver content to students–automatically personalized for each individual based on the strengths and weaknesses identified by his or her performance on initial Mastering assignments.

NEW! Dynamic Study Modules personalize the learning experience for each student.Mastering’s new Dynamic Study Modules are a set of highly efficient learning applications that helps students acquire, retain, and recall information faster and more effectively than ever before. Based on brain science research, Dynamic Study Modules personalize the learning experience for each student to maximize study time and ensure long-term retention of the material.

NEW! Interactive Simulations are assignable and cover some of the most difficult chemistry concepts. Written by leading authors in simulation development, these increase students’ understanding of chemistry and clearly illustrate cause-and-effect relationships.

NEW! Pause and Predict Video Quizzes bring chemistry to life with lab demonstrations illustrating key topics in general chemistry. Students are asked to predict the outcome of experiments as they watch the videos; a set of multiple-choice questions challenge students to apply the concepts from the video to related scenarios.

Unique and easy-to-use Chemistry Drawing Tool lets students draw a diverse range of structures.

Personalized coaching and feedback are provided through assignable, in-depth self-paced tutorials.

Student results are quickly monitored and displayed by capturing wrong answers submitted, hints requested, and time taken at every step of every problem.

Mastering Chemistry metadata enables the author team to continuously improve or eliminate text questions based on actual student usage and feedback.

Innovative teaching and learning begins quickly and easily through How-To Videos, 60-minute WebEx sessions, and Faculty Advisors.

Enhanced learning from a dynamic author team of leading researchers and award-winning professors

  • Brown, LeMay, Bursten, Murphy, Woodward, and Stoltzfus bring their expertise in a variety of areas to the pages of this popular text. Well respected for their clarity of explanations, ability to lead students down a clear learning path, scientific accuracy and currency, strong end-of-chapter exercises, and consistency in level of coverage, the authors continue to innovate by utilizing their research and classroom  experience in the text through:
    • Data-Driven Problem Revisions In order to make informed decisions, the author team consulted the massive reservoir of data available through Mastering Chemistry to revise their question bank. In particular, they analyzed which problems were frequently assigned and why; they paid careful attention to the amount of time it took students to work through a problem (flagging those that took longer than expected) and they observed the wrong answer submissions and hints used (a measure used to calculate the difficulty of problems). This “metadata” served as a starting point for the discussion of which end of chapter questions should be changed.
    • NEW! Design An Experiment feature provides a departure from the usual kinds of end-of-chapter exercises with an inquiry-based, open-ended approach that tries to stimulate the student to “think like a scientist.” Designed to foster critical thinking, each exercise presents the student with a scenario in which various unknowns require investigation. The student is called upon to ponder how experiments might be set up to provide answers to particular questions about observations.
    • Chemistry and Life, and Chemistry Put to Work features help students connect chemistry to world events, scientific discoveries, and medical breakthroughs.
    • Integrative Exercises, which are included among the exercises at the end of chapters 3-24, connect concepts for the current chapter with those from previous chapters. These help students gain a deeper understanding of how chemistry fits together and serve as an overall review of key concepts.

Improved conceptual understanding through stepped up, relevant pedagogy

  • Informal, sharply focused Give It Some Thought (GIST) exercises let students test just how well they’re “getting it” as they move through the course.
  • NEW! 25% additional Go Figure questions let students stop and take time to analyze the artwork in the text to be sure they understand the concept behind it. Based on success in the Twelfth Edition, the number has been greatly enhanced for the Thirteenth Edition.  
  • Outstanding pedagogical features promote reinforcement through practice and review, among them:
  • Learning Outcomes at the end of each chapter identify skills that students should be able to perform after studying each section.
  • Streamlined End-of-Chapter Exercises grouped by topic and presented in matched pairs.
  • Integrative Exercisesincluded among the exercises at the end of chapters 3 through 24; and Sample Integrative Exercises in many chapters that show how to analyze and solve problems encompassing more than one concept.
  • A Closer Look essays cover high-interest topics in more detail.
  • Conceptual Questions are developed around the GIST and Go Figure questions and integrated with classroom clicker questions. In turn, these questions are integrated into MasteringChemisty.

Invaluable aids that ensure problem-solving success

  • NEW! Addition of Second Practice Exercises to accompany each Sample Exercise within the chapters. The new Practice Exercises are multiple-choice with correct answers provided for the students in an appendix. Specific wrong answer feedback, written by the authors will be available in Mastering Chemistry®. The primary goal of the new Practice Exercise feature is to provide students with an additional problem to test mastery of the concepts in the text and to address the most common conceptual misunderstandings. To ensure that the questions touched on the most common misconceptions, the authors consulted the ACS Chemistry Concept inventory before writing their questions.
  • With Chemistry: The Central Science, students always know where to focus their problem solving efforts–the consistent problem-solving process incorporated throughout guides the way.
  • Through the unique Analyze/Plan/Solve/Check feature, students understand what they are being asked to solve, plan how to solve it, work their way through the solution, and check their answers.
  • Selected sample exercises use a dual-column problem-solving strategy approach to show students the thought process involved in each step of a mathematical calculation.
  • Strategies in Chemistry essays encourage students to think like chemists and aid students in analyzing information and organizing thoughts as a means to improving problem solving and critical thinking.

Clarity through visualization from a variety of perspectives, including macroscopic, microscopic, and symbolic

  • Visualizing Concepts exercises precede the end-of-chapter exercises and ask students to consider concepts through the use of models, graphs, and other visual materials. These help students develop a conceptual understanding of the key ideas in the chapter. Additional conceptual exercises are found among the end-of-chapter exercises.
  • Go Figure questions encourage students to stop and take time to analyze the artwork in the text and ensure that they understand the concept behind it. These can also be assigned and assessed through Mastering Chemistry. Also included are Voice Balloons that help students break down the components of the image, and Over the Shoulder leader lines that show how the instructor would help students with a problem in class. 
  • Molecular illustrations help students see what is happening on a molecular level in the sample exercises.
  • Multi-Focus Graphics provide a variety of perspectives including macroscopic, microscopic, and symbolic to portray various chemical concepts.  Students develop a more complete understanding of the topic being presented.

Computer-generated molecular illustrations provide visual representations of matter at the atomic level.