Chemistry: A Novel (Textbook)

A two-volume textbook for college General Chemistry students, this book takes a “novel” approach on two fronts. It’s written and formatted in a way that encourages it be read just like any other book, while also eschewing many of the traditional tropes of traditional chemistry textbooks. Figures, graphs and tables are embedded within the text itself, usually without labels or captions, in an attempt to keep the “narrative flow” going. Similarly, sample calculations are presented in a step-by-step fashion to mimic how an instructor would guide a student through a problem if he or she were doing it in person.

It was designed specifically for my two-semester general chemistry course, and how I teach it, but with a combined price that's about $200 less than the retail costs of a traditional textbook, other instructors-or their students-may be interested in using it as a supplemental text (but I wouldn't stop you if you wanted to make it your primary text; wink-wink, nudge-nudge). 

If you teach chemistry at a two or four-year institution or teach high school AP chemistry, and would be interested in a review copy, send me an email at

Chemistry: A Novel (Textbook) - Volume 1
By R. Mark Matthews

Chapter 1 Matter and Measurements
Chapter 2 Atoms & Elements
Chapter 3 Molecules & Compounds
Chapter 4 The Mole & Chemical Equations
Chapter 5 Aqueous Chemistry
Chapter 6 Properties of Gases
Chapter 7 Thermochemistry (Part I)
Chapter 8 Electron Arrangement (Part I)
Chapter 9 Electron Arrangement (Part II)
Chapter 10 Chemical Structures (Part I)
Chapter 11 Chemical Structures (Part II)
Chapter 12  Chemical Bonding

Kindle Version

Includes video content for supported devices.

Chemistry: A Novel (Textbook) - Volume 2
By R. Mark Matthews

Chapter 13 Liquids & Solids
Chapter 14 Solutions
Chapter 15 Chemical Kinetics
Chapter 16 Chemical Equilibrium
Chapter 17 Acids & Bases (Part I)
Chapter 18 Acids & Bases (Part II)
Chapter 19 Thermochemistry (Part II)
Chapter 20 Electrochemistry
Chapter 21 Nuclear Chemistry




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Volume 1:

Ver. 1.20

Ver. 1.10

Ver. 1.00

Volume 2:

Ver. 1.20

Ver. 1.10