Chemistry in Context: Applying Chemistry to Society

Chemistry in Context

A textbook for non-science majors

Teach chemistry in the context of everyday life and examine world issues through a science lens!

The 2024 Release is now available

Chemistry in Context is a successful, issues-based curriculum developed by the American Chemical Society for non-science majors at the college level. The book is available in print and as an ebook.

New Simulations

New Simulations

Web-based simulations allow students to better understand different methods, manipulate variables to investigate properties, and see chemistry happen before their eyes.

Interactive activities

Interactive activities

Updated Your Turn questions include  interactive web-based opportunities to help students develop a deep understanding of the chemistry involved, with real life contexts.

Capstone Chapter


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

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