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Chemistry 1ce by Olmsted, Williams, Burk is a newly adapted general chemistry text designed for the specific needs and requirements of Canadian professors and students for use in one or two semester introductory chemistry courses. This adaptation was based on recommendations from an advisory board of instructors from leading institutions across Canada who worked with our Canadian author throughout the development of this text to reach a consensus on topics that best suit Canadian curriculum. This text also incorporates key Canadian content in the form of SI units, IUPAC standards and significant Canadian research which more accurately reflects the discipline of Canadian chemistry than other textbooks currently on the market. Chemistry instructors will find this text sufficiently rigorous while it engages and retains student interest with accessible language, Canadian research and examples and a clear problem solving program. In order to more directly reflect the varied curriculum of Canadian chemistry courses we have uniquely created flexible options which allow instructors to decide whether they want to include or exclude early chemistry chapters for the purposes of review.

This Canadian edition retains Olmsted & Williams' innovative approach to teaching chemistry by reinforcing key concepts through molecular-level discussion and graphics. This approach encourages students to move beyond memorization of formulas and equations, to thinking critically about what is really occurring and solving problems based on what they know about the behaviour of molecules and chemical processes.

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LISTEN! CAN YOU HEAR THE MUSIC?

Did you ever hear the melody of a favorite song coming over the sound system at a local mall? You nay have trouble recognizing the song at first. In the World of ambient sound, the notes are all there, but often there's no music.

Reproducing the notes is not the same as making music. The same is true of the art of chemistry. As you take general chemistry, you will be immersed in atoms and molecules - the notes - of chemistry. Understanding the roles of atoms and molecules in every facet of chemistry will reveal to you the richness of the chemical world - its music.

The author's goal in this third edition of Chemistry is to present the basic concepts of chemistry in a way that reveals the great chemical symphony that underlies our molecular world. Being able to hear this music will help you succeed in this course. More importantly, it will serve you well in your future career!

About the Author:

John Olmsted III is currently Professor of Chemistry at California State University, Fullerton, where he was named the Outstanding Professor in 1997-1998 and was chairman of his department from 1998-2001. John has also taught at the American University of Beirut, UCLA, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has had visiting research appointments at the Max-Planck-Institut für Biophysikalische Chemie, Göttingen University of California at San Diego and Sandia National Laboratory in Albuquerque.
John has a BS degree in chemistry fromCarnegie Institute of Technology (now Carnegie-Mellon University), a PhD in physical chemistry from UC Berkeley, and postdoctoral work at the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory.
His research in experimental physical chemistry has been supported by research grants from several sources and has led to more than 30 refered publications. John has also published regularly on chemical education topics in the Journal of Chemical Education. In his spare time, John enjoys gardening, photography, and travelling with his wife Eileen.

Greg Williams is an Adjunct Professor of Chemistry at the University of Oregon.  His teaching background includes introductory, general, organic, and inorganic chemistry. He writes textbooks and develops multimedia materials for chemistry students. Greg has also taught and conducted research at California State University, Fullerton, UCLA, and the University of California, Irvine. He earned his undergraduate degree from UCLA and his PhD in inorganic chemistry from Princeton University. His research interests are in synthetic and mechanistic inorganic and organometallic chemistry.
When he is not teaching or writing about chemistry, Greg can be found somewhere in western North America climbing, backpacking, river rafting, skiing, or fly fishing. He also sings with the Eugene Concert Choir. He is married to Trudy Cameron, a professor of economics at the University of Oregon. They have two daughters, Casey (13) and Perry (6).
Greg absolutely insists on enjoying life.

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