Chemistry in Context

The 9th edition of Chemistry in Context is available now

A Book for Non-Science Majors

Chemistry in Context, 9th Edition, is the newest edition of a successful, issues-based curriculum developed by the American Chemical Society for non-science majors at the college level. The book teaches students chemistry in the context of their own lives and examines world issues through a science lens. This book is available in print and as an ebook.

New Activities & Contexts

The ninth edition includes new simulations that allow students to, for example, better understand spectroscopy methods, manipulate variables to investigate properties of the electromagnetic spectrum, and learn more about nanoparticles in sunscreen. Activities that compliment these web-based applets are included in the text to maximize teaching and learning benefits.

The integrated activities throughout the text develop an understanding of the chemistry involved with real-life contexts such as portable electronics, air quality, alternative fuels, food chemistry, polymers, and genetic engineering.

A new capstone chapter highlights how forensic science can be used to solve a crime. A lab mysteriously catches fire, and it results in a "whodunit" style murder case that students investigate and solve with the help of chemistry.  

Updated Lab Manual

Investigations of dyes and analyses of over-the-counter drugs and sunscreens are just some of the new experiments included in the lab manual that accompanies the 9th edition. Learn more about the lab manual and how to order. 

Chemistry in Context 9th Edition Textbook Cover

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Get hands-on training from the authors, who are seasoned educators, on how to successfully execute the content and experiments in your classroom.

At this time, all of our workshops for 9e are complete. The 10th edition will be available in 2020, at which time we'll host workshops to support the new edition. If you have any questions about 9e, please contact ACS Textbooks Manager, Emily Abbott, at

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