Website Tour for An Introduction to Chemistry by Mark Bishop
This page provides a tour of the Internet-based version of my preparatory chemistry textbook, An Introduction to Chemistry.
There are two versions of my text. The atoms-first version provides a more complete description of atomic theory, chemical bonding, and chemical calculations early. The chemistry-first version has a early emphasis on descriptions of the structure of matter and the nature of chemical changes, postponing the description of unit conversions and chemical calculations.
The Internet chapters for the text have all of the usual components of a printed text and more. For example, there are hyperlinks found in grey boxes that take the reader to supporting computer tools, and the objectives references for the end-of-chapter problems have hyperlinks back to the place in the chapter where the objective is mentioned first. You can see an example chapter at
There is an audio version of the text at
You can hear an example at
Each chapter has an accompanying study guide chapter that presents a variety of tools to help students, including answers to half of the end-of-chapter problems.
There are animations that support many of of the topics in the text. These are meant to help the viewer to develop a better mental image of the particle nature of matter.
Tutorials allow students to practice some of the skills described in the text.
Because of the large quantity of information presented in the typical preparatory chemistry class, it's important that students study efficiently. I help them get organized by providing a study checklist for each chapter.
The Internet versions of my PowerPoint presentations can be useful to instructors in lecture, but they can also provide students with an overview of each chapter.
Sample PowerPoint presentation
Chapter maps provide a snapshot of the topics covered in each chapter and show how these topics are connected to topics in the same chapter and to topics in earlier chapters.
All introductory classes present a lot of new language, and I think it's extremely important that students master new terms. For this reason, I provide a tutorial for each of the chapter glossaries,
Jmol structures provide another tool for developing students' ability to visualize the structure of matter.
If you want to get more information about each version of the text, you can read their prefaces.
You can see a description of the strengths of the text at