Chemistry: A Molecular Approach AP® Edition 6th Edition © 2023

Chemistry: A Molecular Approach, published by Pearson, engages students with visually rich chemistry lessons that help them see the connections between concepts and the real world. Lesson structures help break down concepts and build up understanding through active learning.

  • Updated data and research on contemporary issues
  • Pairs digital innovation with insights from the science of learning
  • Active, integrated, and easy-to-use framework
  • This program is accompanied by Pearson’s Mastering® platform with eText

AP® Chemistry Program with Digital Integration

Through leading-edge AP Chemistry curricula and activities this program helps students become expert problem-solvers.


Concept Connection

The four-step “Sort, Strategize, Solve, and Check” approach ties ideas to the problem and its solution while building deeper knowledge frameworks.


Student-Centered Interactivity

Students have more touchpoints to access information and richer experiences where they can test their understanding over the course of the program.


Visualize Chemistry

Multipart molecular images depicted through Macroscopic, Microscopic and Symbolic perspectives help students better visualize and understand chemistry.


Blended Solution

Mastering® Chemistry with Pearson eText provides easy access to resources, assignments, usage stats, and outcomes, so everyone is on the same page.

Digital Teaching Tools

  • Visual Engagement
  • Empowering Student Learning
  • Pearson eText
  • Learning Catalytics

Visual Engagement

  • Worked Examples
    125 Interactive Worked Examples instruct students how to break down problems using Tro’s “Sort, Strategize, Solve, and Check” technique. A pause in the middle requires students to interact by completing a step before moving on.
  • Key Concept Videos
    74 Key Concept Videos combine artwork from the text with 2D and 3D animations to create a dynamic on-screen viewing and learning experience. They include narration and brief live-action clips to build foundational knowledge of chemistry.
  • Interactive Simulations
    Interactive simulations help foster understanding of difficult key concepts in chemistry. Cause-and-effect relationships such as electrolysis, kinetic molecular theory, stoichiometry, and calorimetry are presented step-by-step for a better grasp of the full process.

Empowering Student Learning

  • Missed This? Features
    Missed This? Features appear in the end-of-chapter self-assessments. They provide sections to read and videos to watch to help students remediate where necessary.
  • End-of-Chapter Questions
    New and revised end-of-chapter questions help students develop a deeper understanding of concepts they learned.
  • Updated Art Program
    The updated Art Program better directs students’ attention to key elements in the art and promotes understanding of the processes depicted. Dozens of figures are clearly navigable for students and now include more helpful annotations and labels to help readers focus on key concepts.
  • Connecting Formulas to the World
    Tro’s mulitpart images help students see the relationship between the formulas they write down on paper (symbolic), the world they see around them (macroscopic), and the atoms and molecules that compose the world (molecular).
  • Predict Feature
    The new Predict feature asks students to predict the outcome of the topic they are about to read. After the student reads the section, an interactive Predict confirms whether the prediction was correct or not and why.

Pearson eText

  • Easy and Personalized
    A simple-to-use, mobile-optimized, and personalized reading experience that helps students learn where and when it suits them best.
  • Quest Projects
    Students can take digital notes, highlight, or review vocabulary online or off to deepen their understanding of chemistry.
  • Integrated Media
    Rich video content has been integrated into the text to help illustrate complex processes and concepts.

Learning Catalytics

  • Assess Student Knowledge
    Teachers can pose questions to gauge student understanding then receive answers and feedback in real time. Learning Catalytics includes prebuilt questions for every topic in chemistry.
  • Functionality Across Devices
    Students have the ability to answer questions via computer, laptop, smartphone, and tablet
  • Useful Metrics
    The resulting metrics help teachers better tailor instruction or activities to meet class needs and ensure every student stays on track.

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More About Chemistry: A Molecular Approach

  • Nivaldo Tro Author Bio
    Nivaldo Tro has been teaching college Chemistry since 1990 and is currently teaching at Santa Barbara Community College. He received his Ph.D. in chemistry from Stanford University for work on developing and using optical techniques to study the adsorption and desorption of molecules to and from surfaces in ultrahigh vacuum. He then went on to the University of California at Berkeley, where he did postdoctoral research on ultrafast reaction dynamics in solution. Professor Tro has been awarded grants from the American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund, the Research Corporation, and the National Science Foundation to study the dynamics of various processes occurring in thin adlayer films adsorbed on dielectric surfaces. Professor Tro lives in Santa Barbara with his wife, Ann, and their four children, Michael, Ali, Kyle, and Kaden. In his leisure time, Professor Tro enjoys mountain biking, surfing, and being outdoors with his family.
  • Brief Table of Contents

    1 Matter, Measurement, and Problem Solving 1
    2 Atoms and Elements 48
    3 Molecules and Compounds 90
    4 Chemical Reactions and Chemical Quantities 138
    5 Introduction to Solutions and Aqueous Reactions 168
    6 Gases 212
    7 Thermochemistry 266
    8 The Quantum-Mechanical Model of the Atom 316
    9 Periodic Properties of the Elements 358
    10 Chemical Bonding I: The Lewis Model 400
    11 Chemical Bonding II: Molecular Shapes, Valence
    Bond Theory, and Molecular Orbital Theory 444
    12 Liquids, Solids, and Intermolecular Forces 502
    13 Solids and Modern Materials 550
    14 Solutions 588
    15 Chemical Kinetics 642
    16 Chemical Equilibrium 696
    17 Acids and Bases 746
    18 Aqueous Ionic Equilibrium 802
    19 Free Energy and Thermodynamics 864
    20 Electrochemistry 914
    21 Radioactivity and Nuclear Chemistry 966
    22 Organic Chemistry 1008
    23 Biochemistry 1058
    24 Chemistry of the Nonmetals 1092
    25 Metals and Metallurgy 1130
    26 Transition Metals and Coordination Compounds 1156
    Appendix I Common Mathematical Operations in Chemistry A-1
    Appendix II Useful Data A-5
    Appendix III Answers to Selected Exercises A-15
    Appendix IV Answers to In-Chapter Practice Problems A-55
    Glossary G-1
    Photo and Text Credits C-1
    Index I-1

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