John is author of Conceptual Chemistry as well as a coauthor of Conceptual Physical Science (with Paul and Leslie), and coauthor of Conceptual Integrated Science (with Paul, Suzanne, and Jennifer). John obtained his Ph.D. in organic chemistry from Virginia Commonwealth University, which was followed by a two year postdoctorate in pharmacology at the Medial College of Virginia. He taught chemistry at the University of Hawaii at Manoa and then at Leeward Community College where he received tenure and was highly active in the development of distance learning programs and student-centered learning curricula. In addition to authoring textbooks, John is currently an adjunct professor at Saint Michael’s College in Colchester, Vermont. Through his company, Conceptual Productions, John is the executive producer of Conceptual Academy as well as the author and illustrator of science-oriented children’s books (Styraki.com). He was a finalist in the 2013 Flame Challenge for this video lesson explaining what is the nature of time. An avid songwriter he also produces music, which can be found through JohnAndrew.net.
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Conceptual Chemistry builds a conceptual base from which students may view nature more perceptively by helping them visualize the behavior of atoms and molecules and showing them how this behavior gives rise to our macroscopic environment. Numerical problem-solving skills and memorization are not stressed. Instead, chemistry concepts are developed in a storytelling fashion, with the frequent use of analogies and tightly integrated illustrations. Follow-up end-of-chapter questions are designed to challenge students’ understanding of concepts and their ability to synthesize and articulate conclusions. Used worldwide, Conceptual Chemistry is published in several different languages, including Chinese and Korean.
“I want to say a big ‘Thank You!’ for putting together the terrifically interesting textbook - I know it was no small labor of love! The information you have amassed from your experience and other resources has provided the exact guidance I needed to design and teach the class. I really want to make this class count for my students - both in their critical thinking development, and in their enjoyment/wonderment at the world aroundthem through the lens of chemistry. So, thank you.” Eileen Sneeden, PhD Professor, Maranatha Baptist Bible College
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Regardless of your math skills or whether you remember much from any previous science course, you will find each of our conceptual programs to be most accessible. The only pre-requisite is that you are curious about the world around you. We do, however, require that you be able to read and that you navigate the web with an up-to-date browser.
What You Will Enjoy Learning:
Atoms, Physical Properties, Gas Laws, The Periodic Table, Elements, Compounds, Mixtures, Nanotechnology, Subatomic Particles, The Atomic Nucleus, Chemical Bonding, Intermolecular Attractions, Solubility, Chemical Equations, Kinetics and Thermodynamics, Catalysts, Acids and Bases, Electrochemistry, Photovoltaics, Organic Chemistry, Biochemistry, Nutrition, Medicinal Chemistry, Agriculture, Energy Sources