CHEM 1114 – Introduction to Chemistry was adapted by Shirley Wacowich-Sgarbi by combining a courseware package from the Langara College Chemistry Department and a combination of OpenStax textbooks, including Paul Flowers, Klaus Theopold and Richard Langley’s textbook Chemistry, Jessie A. Key’s textbook Introductory Chemistry- 1st Canadian Edition and portions of chapter 1 from Tim Soderberg’s textbook Organic Chemistry with a Biological Emphasis.

Shirley Wacowich-Sgarbi, June 2018

From Paul Flowers, Klaus Theopold and Richard Langley’s textbook Chemistry:

Content Leads

Paul Flowers, PhD, University of North Carolina – Pembroke

Klaus Theopold, PhD, University of Delaware

Richard Langley, PhD, Stephen F. Austin State University

Senior Contributing Author

William R. Robinson, PhD

Contributing Authors

Mark Blaser, Shasta College; Simon Bott, University of Houston; Donald Carpenetti, Craven Community College; Andrew Eklund, Alfred University; Emad El-Giar, University of Louisiana at Monroe; Don Frantz, Wilfrid Laurier University; Paul Hooker, Westminster College; Jennifer Look, Mercer University; George Kaminski, Worcester Polytechnic Institute; Carol Martinez, Central New Mexico Community College; Troy Milliken, Jackson State University; Vicki Moravec, Trine University; Jason Powell, Ferrum College; Thomas Sorensen, University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee; Allison Soult, University of Kentucky

Contributing Reviewers
Casey Akin, College Station Independent School District; Lara AL-Hariri, University of Massachusetts–Amherst; Sahar Atwa, University of Louisiana at Monroe; Todd Austell, University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill; Bobby Bailey, University of Maryland–University College; Robert Baker, Trinity College; Jeffrey Bartz, Kalamazoo College; Greg Baxley, Cuesta College; Ashley Beasley Green, National Institute of Standards and Technology; Patricia Bianconi, University of Massachusetts; Lisa Blank, Lyme Central School District; Daniel Branan, Colorado Community College System; Dorian Canelas, Duke University; Emmanuel Chang, York College; Carolyn Collins, College of Southern Nevada; Colleen Craig, University of Washington; Yasmine Daniels, Montgomery College–Germantown; Patricia Dockham, Grand Rapids Community College; Erick Fuoco, Richard J. Daley College; Andrea Geyer, University of Saint Francis; Daniel Goebbert, University of Alabama; John Goodwin, Coastal Carolina University; Stephanie Gould, Austin College; Patrick Holt, Bellarmine University; Kevin Kolack, Queensborough Community College; Amy Kovach, Roberts Wesleyan College; Judit Kovacs Beagle, University of Dayton; Krzysztof Kuczera, University of Kansas; Marcus Lay, University of Georgia; Pamela Lord, University of Saint Francis; Oleg Maksimov, Excelsior College; John Matson, Virginia Tech; Katrina Miranda, University of Arizona; Douglas Mulford, Emory University; Mark Ott, Jackson College; Adrienne Oxley, Columbia College; Richard Pennington, Georgia Gwinnett College; Rodney Powell, Coastal Carolina Community College; Jeanita Pritchett, Montgomery College–Rockville; Aheda Saber, University of Illinois at Chicago; Raymond Sadeghi, University of Texas at San Antonio; Nirmala Shankar, Rutgers University; Jonathan Smith, Temple University; Bryan Spiegelberg, Rider University; Ron Sternfels, Roane State Community College; Cynthia Strong, Cornell College; Kris Varazo, Francis Marion University; Victor Vilchiz, Virginia State University; Alex Waterson, Vanderbilt University; JuchaoYan, Eastern New Mexico University; Mustafa Yatin, Salem State University; Kazushige Yokoyama, State University of New York at Geneseo; Curtis Zaleski, Shippensburg University; Wei Zhang, University of Colorado–Boulder

From Jessie A. Key’s textbook Introductory Chemistry – 1st Canadian Edition [an adaption from David W. Ball’s textbook Introductory Chemistry]:

I would like to acknowledge the team at BCcampus for all their hard work on this project. Project managers Amanda Coolidge and Clint Lalonde, and the entire editorial team were instrumental to the success of this work. As well, I would like to thank my colleagues at Vancouver Island University for their support.

Jessie A. Key, September 2014

From David W. Ball’s textbook Introductory Chemistry:

The decision to write a new textbook from scratch is not one to be taken lightly. The author becomes a saint to some and a sinner to others—and the feedback from the “others” is felt more acutely than the feedback from the “some”! Ultimately, the decision to write a new book comes from the deep feeling that an author can make a positive contribution to the field, and that it is ultimately time well invested.

It also helps that there are people supporting the author both personally and professionally. The first person to thank must be Jennifer Welchans of Flat World Knowledge. I have known Jen for years; indeed, she was instrumental in getting me to write my first academic book, a math review book that is still available through another publisher. We reconnected recently, and I learned that she was working for a new publisher with some interesting publishing ideas. With her urging, the editorial director and I got together, first by phone and then in person, to discuss this project. With all the enthusiasm and ideas that Flat World Knowledge brought to the table, it was difficult not to sign on and write this book. So thanks, Jen—again. Hopefully this won’t be the last book we do together.

Thanks also to Michael Boezi, editorial director at Flat World Knowledge, for his enthusiastic support. Jenn Yee, project manager at Flat World Knowledge, did a great job of managing the project and all of its pieces—manuscript, answers to exercises, art, reviews, revisions, and all the other things required to put a project like this together. Vanessa Gennarelli did a great job of filling in when necessary (although Jenn should know better than to take a vacation during a project). Kudos to the technology team at Flat World Knowledge, who had the ultimate job of getting this book out: Brian Brennan, David Link, Christopher Loncar, Jessica Carey, Jon Gottfried, Jon Williams, Katie Damo, Keith Avery, Mike Shnaydman, Po Ki Chui, and Ryan Lowe. I would also like to thank the production team at Scribe Inc., including Stacy Claxton, Chrissy Chimi, Melissa Tarrao, and Kevin McDermott. This book would not exist without any of these people.

Thanks to Mary Grodek and Bill Reiter of Cleveland State University’s Marketing Department for assistance in obtaining a needed photograph.

A project like this benefits from the expertise of external reviewers. I would like to thank the following people for their very thoughtful evaluation of the manuscript at several stages:

Sam Abbas, Palomar College; Bal Barot, Lake Michigan College; Sherri Borowicz, Dakota College of Bottineau; Ken Capps, Central Florida Community College; Troy Cayou, Coconino Community College; Robert Clark, Lourdes College; Daniel Cole, Central Piedmont Community College; Jo Conceicao, Metropolitan Community College; Bernadette Corbett, Metropolitan Community College; James Fisher, Imperial Valley College; Julie Klare, Gwinnett Technical College; Karen Marshall, Bridgewater College; Tchao Podona, Miami-Dade College; Kenneth Rodriguez, California State University–Dominguez Hills; Mary Sohn, Florida Institute of Technology; Angie Spencer, Greenville Technical College; Charles Taylor, Pomona College; Susan T. Thomas, The University of Texas at San Antonio; Linda Waldman, Cerritos College

Thanks especially to ANSR Source, who performed accuracy checks on various parts of the text. Should any inaccuracies remain, they are the responsibility of the author. I hope that readers will let me know if they find any; one of the beauties of the Flat World process is the ability to update the textbook quickly, so that it will be an even better book tomorrow.

I am looking forward to seeing how the Flat World Knowledge model works with this book, and I thank all the adopters and users in advance for their help in making it a better text.

David W. Ball, February 2011


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