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The Basics of General, Organic, and Biological Chemistry

Version 2.0
By David W. Ball, John W. Hill, and Rhonda J. Scott
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This textbook is suitable for the following courses: One-semester General, Organic, and Biological Chemistry courses.

The Basics of General, Organic, and Biological Chemistry is a comprehensive introductory textbook for a one-semester course. Written by three specialists, the authors cover all of the expected topics in a short and succinct manner. The text focuses on covering the fundamentals and leaving out the extraneous.

New in This Version

  • Discussion of elements and periodic table updated to allow for new elements
  • Integration of organic and biochemistry, resulting in a text that is easier to cover in one semester
  • Chapter on basic skills (math, units, and conversion factors) now appears in the appendix
  • Additional fundamental organic chemistry topics introduced earlier in the pedagogy
  • New exercises added and others modified
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Instructor’s Manual

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David W. Ball Cleveland State University

David Ball (Ph.D. Rice University) is Professor of Chemistry at Cleveland State University. His specialty is physical chemistry, which he teaches at the undergraduate and graduate levels. About 50 percent of his teaching is in general chemistry, including chemistry for non-science majors; general, organic, and biological chemistry; and general chemistry for science and engineering majors. In addition to several texts with FlatWorld, Professor Ball is also the author of two math review books for general and physical chemistry students, a physical chemistry textbook, and three books on spectroscopy. His publication list includes over 230 items, evenly distributed between research papers and articles of educational interest.

John W. Hill University of Wisconsin-River Falls

John W. Hill (Ph.D. University of Arkansas) was Professor Emeritus at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. An organic chemist, he had more than 50 publications in refereed journals, most of which have an educational bent. He authored or coauthored several introductory level chemistry textbooks, all of which went into multiple editions. He also presented over 60 papers at national conferences, many relating to science education. He received several awards for outstanding teaching and had long been active in the American Chemical Society, both at local and national levels. Dr. Hill passed away in August of 2017.

Rhonda J. Scott Southern Adventist University

Rhonda J. Scott (Ph.D. University of California at Riverside) is Professor of Chemistry at Southern Adventist University. Her background is in enzyme and peptide chemistry. Previous to her experience at SAU, she taught at Loma Linda University and the University of Wisconsin at River Falls. In the past ten years, she has presented at national American Chemical Society meetings and other workshops and conferences. She has also been very active in the development of teaching materials, reviewing or contributing to other textbooks and test banks.


  • The fundamental definition of the kilogram unit is changing, effective May 2019. Therefore, in Appendix A, section 6, the following changes were made:
  • New Figure A.8 caption: The historical standard for the kilogram had been a platinum-iridium cylinder kept in a special vault in France. This will change in 2019.
  • Edited paragraph: The size of each base unit is defined by international convention. For example, the kilogram had been defined as the quantity of mass of a special metal cylinder kept in a vault in France. In late 2018, however, an international committee changed the definition of the kilogram to base it on the value of some fundamental universal constants, rather than an object. The change becomes effective in May 2019. For most purposes, the change makes no significant difference, but for some very precise measurements there can be small variations in mass values.
  • Answer number 1 in Section 7.1 was changed from "Polar and nonpolar covalent bonding, ionic bonding, dispersion forces, dipole-dipole interactions, and hydrogen bonding" to "Ionic interactions, dispersion forces, dipole-dipole interactions, and hydrogen bonding." on July 29, 2019.
  • The phrase, "in terms of temperature" in Section 7.1 was changed to "as measured by temperature" on July 29, 2019.
  • Added a "-" sign to the second "I" in the answer for Concept Review Exercise #2 in Chapter 3 Section 2.
  • Changed "sex-change operations" to "sex reassignment surgeries" in Chapter 13, Section 4 (5/5/21)
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