Chemistry: Core Concepts

Chemistry: Core Concepts
Allan Blackman
Adam Bridgeman, Gwendolyn Lawrie, Daniel Southam, Christopher Thompson, Natalie Williamson

© 2016

Developed by a group of leading chemistry educators for students entering university with little or no background in chemistry, this must-have content presents the fundamentals including the use of chemistry language, symbols and molecular structures — and it also develops the requisite quantitative skills.

Chemistry: Core Concepts has been adapted from Wiley’s market leading Chemistry text by Blackman, Bottle, Schmid, Mocerino and Wille. Many of the strengths of this book have been retained, however the narrative has been abridged and simplified to make it more accessible for foundation students. A hallmark feature of the core text is the ‘stepped’ demonstration problems, which model a consistent problem-solving methodology designed to encourage students to break complex tasks down into their constituent parts. Another key pedagogical element of the text is the ‘Chemical Connections’ feature, which brings additional meaning to the study of chemistry by highlighting the connections between the chemical concepts within the chapter and local applications of that chemistry in the world around us.

Importantly, Chemistry: Core Concepts was envisaged as a print/digital product, where the narrative in the text is designed to be rendered as an interactive journey through a media-enhanced E-Text, providing students with the opportunity to view chemical reactions as movies, demonstration problems as animations and end-of-chapter questions are presented as online revision quizzes that provide instant feedback and progress reports. The digital version of the text will be delivered in the ground-breaking WileyPLUS framework, an exciting new teaching and learning environment that provides a personalised learning experience for students and transforms courses into a vibrant, collaborative learning community.


Learning objectives

The learning objectives have been designed to articulate into the broader Chemistry Threshold Learning Objectives.  They reflect the level of knowledge and skill that should have been acquired after studying each section of the chapter. 

Chemical enquiry

This hallmark feature of Chemistry: Core Concepts is based on a real-world enquiry scenario and helps students appreciate the application of what they are learning, see how it fits together, and practice solving problems. A concluding section at the end of the chapter reflects on how to solve the problem and put the pieces together conceptually.

Chemical Connections

Highlights the connections between the chemical concepts within the chapter, and the local applications of that chemistry in the world around us.

Key terms

The important terminology introduced in each chapter is bold and coloured. These key terms help students identify the most important concepts. They are also listed at the end of each chapter to help students assess their knowledge.

Stepped Worked Examples

Integrated throughout the chapter that model the various steps required to solve the problem.  Practice exercises are also included after most Worked Examples.

Topics covered


About the authors

  1. The nature of matter
  2. The language of chemistry
  3. Measurement and chemical calculations
  4. Chemical reactions and stoichiometry
  5. Atomic energy levels
  6. Chemical bonding and molecular structure
  7. States of matter
  1. Chemical equilibria
  2. Solutions and solubility
  3. Acids and bases
  4. Oxidation and reduction
  5. Reaction kinetics
  6. Organic chemistry 1
  7. Organic chemistry 2
  8. Biochemistry

Practice exercise answers


Glossary of equations