General Chemistry (Third Edition) – Textbook

By: Mays, D. John


General Chemistry uses a mastery-learning method. In this method, students build comprehension by adding new concepts while reviewing and rehearsing key material throughout the year. This method is implemented in carefully crafted exercises, quizzes, and the textbook narrative, and it facilitates learning, mastery and retention.

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Related subjects are integrated into the narrative. The history of modern chemistry, mathematics and technical communication is emphasized throughout. Integration protects a course from seeming compartmentalized from other subjects. That’s certainly not how the real world is. Real chemists use math and writing skills every day. Their knowledge about how the scientific enterprise works is greatly enhanced by their knowledge of great scientists who came before.

Our approach to implementing a Kingdom Perspective does not entail unnaturally inserting Bible verses or devotional insets. A better approach for Christians is to do science from the faith-informed perspective of disciples of Christ studying God’s created order. This is apparent in General Chemistry from the observations about order in the universe, in how nature submits to scientific study and modeling, and in the fitness of creation as a habitat for humanity and animal life.

What’s new in the 3rd edition? All revisions for General Chemistry 3rd Edition were made to reflect the substantial revisions to the metric system, which went into effect in 2019. Learn more about the major metric system changes here.

Students appreciate the smaller profile and lighter weight of our books. This is possible because of aspects of Novare’s Textbook Philosophy. When mastery is the goal, you must cull down the material to an amount that can reasonably be mastered in one year.

General Chemistry Errata 

Companion Resources:

General Chemistry – Student Text
General Chemistry – Solutions Manual
Chemistry Experiments for High School at Home
The Student Lab Report Handbook

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Weight.9 kg
Dimensions11 × 8.5 × 1 in


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Mays, D. John


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