Basic Chemistry, 6th Edition © 2020

Basic Chemistry, published by Pearson, combines moderate pacing and engaging materials along with structured blended support to ensure every student comes away from the course with a solid understanding of fundamental concepts.

  • New visual program designed to assist with learning and retention
  • Lessons incorporate familiar real-life topics to keep students interested
  • Stronger emphasis on problem solving skills that can be used beyond the classroom
  • This program is accompanied by Pearson's Mastering® platform with eText

High School Chemistry Curriculum with Digital Integration

Show how chemistry impacts the world while helping students master a range of skills they can apply to other classes.


Enhanced Problem-Solving

The challenges and features within the texts and lessons push students to think through the how of science and build up their skills in finding solutions.


Improved Student Engagement

Basic Chemistry connects the subject to what students already know from previous courses and innovations in medicine, health, and the environment to keep them interested.


Better Understanding

Updated illustrations of chemistry concepts help to clarify ideas so students will remember and build upon them throughout the school year.


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Basic Chemistry Key Features

  • Build Up Students’ Problem-Solving Skills
  • Engage Students with a More Applied Focus
  • Increase Student Understanding with the Updated Art Program

Build Up Students’ Problem-Solving Skills

  • Deepening Connections
    Marginal notes, end-of-chapter problems, and an expanded media program deepen the connection between key math skills and why they are so important to success in the course.
  • Pedagogical Features
    New pedagogical features in the worked examples throughout the text help students build stronger problem-solving skills, setting them up for success in this and future courses.
  • Connect Feature
    An updated Connect feature has been added to the Analyze the Problem boxes to specify information that relates the Given and Need sections to help students identify and connect the components within a word problem and set up a solution strategy.
  • Practice Problems
    New Practice Problems appear in the margin, showing students which practice problems align with the content and sample problems throughout the text.
  • Challenge Questions
    Challenge Questions at the end of each chapter provide complex questions which promote critical thinking, group work, and cooperative learning environments.
  • Study Check Questions
    New Expanded Study Check Questions within each sample problem help students review problem-solving strategies and their comprehension of the material.

Engage Students with a More Applied Focus

  • Engage Questions
    Updated Engage questions reflect research on the way students learn and retain information and are designed to help students associate new content with knowledge available in long term memory. Students succeed when continually quizzed on new material, which practices the retrieval of new information. Self quizzes appear in the margin.
  • Chemistry Links
    Updated Chemistry Links to Health and Chemistry Links to the Environment appear throughout the text and relate chemistry concepts to real-life topics in health, the environment, and medicine that interest students. Topics include weight loss and gain, hyperglycemia and hypoglycemia, antacids, gout, kidney stones, sweeteners, and essential amino acids. Follow-up questions appear throughout the text.

Increase Student Understanding with the Updated Art Program

  • Art Program
    The Art Program presents chemical art that is now more understandable than ever before by incorporating sound pedagogical principles and the best learning design principles from educational research on the way today’s students learn and retain knowledge. In-art captions replace long legends, and the flow and size of the art is updated to improve student understanding.
  • Connective Illustrations
    Macro-to-micro art illustrations enable students to make connections between recognizable objects and their atomic-level representations, helping them to visualize chemistry in everyday life.

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  • Karen Timberlake Author Bio
    This social studies program emphasizes project-based learning to explore the world’s places, systems, and cultures. It is available as Eastern and Western Hemisphere editions, or a combined World Geography edition. Each one includes strong ELA connections and multiple teaching options.
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    Karen’s husband, William Timberlake, who is the coauthor of this text, is Professor Emeritus of Chemistry at Los Angeles Harbor College, where he taught preparatory and organic chemistry for 36 years. He received his bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Carnegie Mellon University and his master’s degree in organic chemistry from the University of California at Los Angeles.

    When the Professors Timberlake are not writing textbooks, they relax by playing tennis, ballroom dancing, hiking, traveling, trying new restaurants, cooking, and enjoying their grandchildren, Daniel and Emily.

  • Table of Contents

    1 Chemistry in Our Lives

    1.1 Chemistry and Chemicals
    1.2 Scientific Method: Thinking Like a Scientist
    1.3 Studying and Learning Chemistry
    1.4 Key Math Skills for Chemistry
    1.5 Writing Numbers in Scientific Notation

    2 Chemistry and Measurements
    2.1 Units of Measurement
    2.2 Measured Numbers and Significant Figures
    2.3 Significant Figures in Calculations
    2.4 Prefixes and Equalities
    2.5 Writing Conversion Factors
    2.6 Problem Solving Using Unit Conversion
    2.7 Density

    3 Matter and Energy
    3.1 Classification of Matter
    3.2 States and Properties of Matter
    3.3 Temperature
    3.4 Energy
    3.5 Specific Heat
    3.6 Energy and Nutrition

    4 Atoms and Elements
    4.1 Elements and Symbols
    4.2 The Periodic Table
    4.3 The Atom
    4.4 Atomic Number and Mass Number
    4.5 Isotopes and Atomic Mass

    5 Electronic Structure of Atoms and Periodic Trends
    5.1 Electromagnetic Radiation
    5.2 Atomic Spectra and Energy Levels
    5.3 Sublevels and Orbitals
    5.4 Orbital Diagrams and Electron Configurations
    5.5 Electron Configurations and the Periodic Table
    5.6 Trends in Periodic Properties

    6 Ionic and Molecular Compounds
    6.1 Ions: Transfer of Electrons
    6.2 Ionic Compounds
    6.3 Naming and Writing Ionic Formulas
    6.4 Polyatomic Ions
    6.5 Molecular Compounds: Sharing Electrons

    7 Chemical Quantities
    7.1 The Mole
    7.2 Molar Mass
    7.3 Calculations Using Molar Mass
    7.4 Mass Percent Composition
    7.5 Empirical Formulas
    7.6 Molecular Formulas

    8 Chemical Reactions
    8.1 Equations for Chemical Reactions
    8.2 Balancing a Chemical Equation
    8.3 Types of Chemical Reactions
    8.4 Oxidation—Reduction Reactions

    9 Chemical Quantities in Reactions
    9.1 Conservation of Mass
    9.2 Mole Relationships in Chemical Equations
    9.3 Mass Calculations for Chemical Reactions
    9.4 Limiting Reactants
    9.5 Percent Yield
    9.6 Energy in Chemical Reactions

    10 Bonding and Properties of Solids and Liquids
    10.1 Lewis Structures for Molecules and Polyatomic Ions
    10.2 Resonance Structures
    10.3 Shapes of Molecules and Polyatomic Ions (VSEPR Theory)
    10.4 Electronegativity and Bond Polarity
    10.5 Polarity of Molecules
    10.6 Intermolecular Forces Between Atoms or Molecules
    10.7 Changes of State

    11 Gases
    11.1 Properties of Gases
    11.2 Pressure and Volume (Boyle’s Law)
    11.3 Temperature and Volume (Charles’s Law)
    11.4 Temperature and Pressure (Gay-Lussac’s Law)
    11.5 The Combined Gas Law
    11.6 Volume and Moles (Avogadro’s Law)
    11.7 The Ideal Gas Law
    11.8 Gas Laws and Chemical Reactions
    11.9 Partial Pressures (Dalton’s Law)

    12 Solutions
    12.1 Solutions
    12.2 Electrolytes and Nonelectrolytes
    12.3 Solubility
    12.4 Solution Concentrations
    12.5 Dilution of Solutions
    12.6 Chemical Reactions in Solution
    12.7 Molality and Freezing Point Lowering/Boiling Point Elevation
    12.8 Properties of Solutions: Osmosis

    13 Reaction Rates and Chemical Equilibrium
    13.1 Rates of Reactions
    13.2 Chemical Equilibrium
    13.3 Equilibrium Constants
    13.4 Using Equilibrium Constants
    13.5 Changing Equilibrium Conditions: Le Châtelier’s Principle

    14 Acids and Bases
    14.1 Acids and Bases
    14.2 Brønsted—Lowry Acids and Bases
    14.3 Strengths of Acids and Bases
    14.4 Dissociation Constants of Weak Acids and Bases
    14.5 Dissociation of Water
    14.6 The pH Scale
    14.7 Reactions of Acids and Bases
    14.8 Acid—Base Titration
    14.9 Buffers

    15 Oxidation and Reduction
    15.1 Oxidation and Reduction
    15.2 Balancing Oxidation—Reduction Equations Using Half-Reactions
    15.3 Electrical Energy from Oxidation—Reduction Reactions
    15.4 Oxidation—Reduction Reactions That Require Electrical Energy

    16 Nuclear Chemistry
    16.1 Natural Radioactivity
    16.2 Nuclear Reactions
    16.3 Radiation Measurement
    16.4 Half-Life of a Radioisotope
    16.5 Medical Applications Using Radioactivity
    16.6 Nuclear Fission and Fusion

    17 Organic Chemistry
    17.1 Alkanes
    17.2 Alkenes, Alkynes, and Polymers
    17.3 Aromatic Compounds
    17.4 Alcohols and Ethers
    17.5 Aldehydes and Ketones
    17.6 Carboxylic Acids and Esters
    17.7 Amines and Amides

    18 Biochemistry
    18.1 Carbohydrates
    18.2 Disaccharides and Polysaccharides
    18.3 Lipids
    18.4 Amino Acids and Proteins
    18.5 Protein Structure
    18.6 Proteins as Enzymes
    18.7 Nucleic Acids
    18.8 Protein Synthesis



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