Chemistry Essentials for Dummies

Chapter 1. Matter and Energy: Exploring the Stuff of Chemistry

  Knowing the States of Matter and Their Changes

  Pure Substances and Mixtures

  Measuring Matter

  Nice Properties You've Got There

  Energy Types

  Temperature and Heat

Chapter 2. What's In an Atom?

  Subatomic Particles

  Centering on the Nucleus

  Locating Those Electrons

  Isotopes and Ions

Chapter 3. The Periodic Table

  Repeating Patterns: The Modern Periodic Table

  Arranging Elements in the Periodic Table

Chapter 4. Nuclear Chemistry

  Seeing How the Atom's Put Together

  Dealing With a Nuclear Breakup: Balancing Reactions

  Understanding Types of Natural Radioactive Decay

  Half-Lives and Radioactive Dating

  Breaking Elements Apart with Nuclear Fission

  Coming Together with Nuclear Fusion

Chapter 5. Ionic Bonding

  Forming Ions: Making Satisfying Electron Trades

  Creating Ionic Compounds

  Bonding Clues: Electrolytes and Nonelectrolytes

Chapter 6. Covalent Bonding

  Covalent Bond Basics

  Naming Covalent Compounds Made of Two Elements

  Writing Covalent Compound Formulas

  Electronegativities: Which Atoms Have More Pull?

Chapter 7. Chemical Reactions

  Reactants and Products: Reading Chemical Equations

  Collision Theory: How Reactions Occur

  Types of Reactions

  Balancing Chemical Equations

  Knowing Chemical Equilibrium Backwards and Forwards

  Le Chatelier's Principle: Getting More (or Less) Product

  Chemical Kinetics: Changing Reaction Speeds

  Seeing How Catalysts Speed Up Reactions

Chapter 8. Electrochemistry: Using Electrons

  Transferring Electrons with Redox Reactions

  Balancing Redox Equations

  Exploring Electrochemical Cells

Chapter 9. Measuring Substances with the Mole

  Counting by Weighing

  Moles: Putting Aoogadro's Number to Good Use

  Chemical Reactions and Motes

Chapter 10. A Salute to Solutions

  Mixing Things Up with Solutes, Solvents, and Solutions

  Understanding Solution Concentration Units

Chapter 11. Acids and Bases

  Observing Properties of Acids and Bases

  The Bronsted-Lowry Acid-Base Theory

  Understanding Strong and Weak Acids and Bases

  Acid-Base Reactions: Using the Bronsted-Lowry System

  Showing True Colors with Acid-Base Indicators

  Phun with the pH Scale

Chapter 12. Clearing the Air on Gases

  The Kinetic Molecular Theory: Assuming Things about Gases

  Relating Physical Properties with Gas Laws

Chapter 13. Ten Serendipitous Discoveries in Chemistry