Mathematics for Physical Chemistry

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Elsevier, Jun 10, 2005 - Science - 416 pages

Mathematics for Physical Chemistry, Third Edition, is the ideal text for students and physical chemists who want to sharpen their mathematics skills. It can help prepare the reader for an undergraduate course, serve as a supplementary text for use during a course, or serve as a reference for graduate students and practicing chemists. The text concentrates on applications instead of theory, and, although the emphasis is on physical chemistry, it can also be useful in general chemistry courses.

The Third Edition includes new exercises in each chapter that provide practice in a technique immediately after discussion or example and encourage self-study. The first ten chapters are constructed around a sequence of mathematical topics, with a gradual progression into more advanced material. The final chapter discusses mathematical topics needed in the analysis of experimental data.

  • Numerous examples and problems interspersed throughout the presentations
  • Each extensive chapter contains a preview, objectives, and summary
  • Includes topics not found in similar books, such as a review of general algebra and an introduction to group theory
  • Provides chemistry specific instruction without the distraction of abstract concepts or theoretical issues in pure mathematics

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Numbers Measurements and Numerical Mathematics
Symbolic Mathematics and Mathematical Functions
The Solution of Algebraic Equations
Mathematical Functions and Differential Calculus
Integral Calculus
Mathematical Series and Transforms
Calculus With Several Independent Variables
Differential Equations
Values of Physical Constants1
Some Mathematical Formulas and Identities
Infinite Series
A Short Table of Derivatives
A Short Table of Indefinite Integrals
A Short Table of Definite Integrals
The Error Function

Operators Matrices and Group Theory
The Solution of Simultaneous Algebraic Equations
The Treatment of Experimental Data

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Page 27 - THEOREM, pi-thag-a-re'an, the statement that the area of the square upon the hypotenuse of a right triangle is equal to the sum of the areas of the squares on the other two sides.
Page 23 - PV = nRT, where P is the pressure, V is the volume, n is the number of moles, R is the gas constant (.082 liter-atm/mole K) , and T is the absolute temperature.
Page 12 - Units physical quantity name of unit symbol for unit length metre m mass kilogram kg time second s electric current ampere A thermodynamic temperature kelvin K luminous intensity candela cd amount of substance mole mol ' plane angle radian rad ' solid angle steradian sr

About the author (2005)

Robert Mortimer has been a professor of chemistry at Rhodes College since 1981. He is the recipient of a Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship as well as a National Science Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship.