Our department is considering re-formatting general chemistry to use an atoms first approach. We have seen how students struggle with stoichiometry / dimensional analysis, and we are wondering if starting off the first semester with atomic structure and bonding concepts would help students settle in more before they hit the more math-y topics.
Does anyone have any experience to share? Favorite textbooks? Advice? We are not likely to make the leap unless we're better informed. (I have found one recent J. Chem. Ed. article on the topic.)
This topic was touched on briefly in an earlier forum post (https://www.ionicviper.org/forum/general-chemistry), so we know what Chip thinks. :)
Thanks in advance for any thoughts.