Elements of Physical Chemistry

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OUP Oxford, 2013 - Science - 591 pages
Getting to grips with physical chemistry can be a daunting task. With new concepts to understand and a large amount of mathematics to master, it is no wonder that students can sometimes find it overwhelming. Elements of Physical Chemistry has been carefully developed to help readers increase their confidence when using physics and mathematics to answer fundamental questions about the structure of molecules, how chemical reactions take place, and why materials behave the way they do. The content is tightly focussed and well-matched to undergraduate courses, making it easy to find the information needed. Topics are covered in a clear, easy-to-follow style, using everyday examples to help students to visualise concepts and procedures that can otherwise seem very abstract. This edition sees further development of the learning features. These include Chemist's toolkits, which provide a reminder of mathematical techniques and introductory chemistry and physics needed to follow material in the chapters; worked examples providing step-by-step routes through problems; brief illustrations explaining how to use equations to calculate numerical values; and self-tests that allow students to check their understanding. On the accompanying Online Resource Centre, students have access to multiple choice questions and Webcasts, short videos showing, step-by-step, how to solve an exercise. For lecturers, there is a test bank and the figures from the text are available to download.
 

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Contents

Foundations
1
Chapter 1 The properties of gases
18
the First Law
47
applications of the First Law
69
the Second Law
90
pure substances
113
the properties of mixtures
133
the principles
165
atomic structure
315
the chemical bond
344
Chapter 15 Molecular interactions
376
Chapter 16 Macromolecules and aggregates
394
Chapter 17 Metallic ionic and covalent solids
420
Chapter 18 Solid surfaces
449
molecular rotations and vibrations
477
electronic transitions
503

solutions
186
electrochemistry
209
the rates of reactions
235
accounting for the rate laws
261
Chapter 12 Quantum theory
287
magnetic resonance
529
Chapter 22 Statistical thermodynamics
551
Resource section
569
Index
581
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Peter Atkins is a fellow of Lincoln College in the University of Oxford and the author of about seventy books for students and a general audience. His texts are market leaders around the globe. A frequent lecturer in the United States and throughout the world, he has held visiting professorships in France, Israel, Japan, China, and New Zealand. He was the founding chairman of the Committee on Chemistry Education of the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry and was a member of IUPAC's Physical and Biophysical Chemistry Division.

Julio de Paula is Professor of Chemistry at Lewis & Clark College. A native of Brazil, Professor de Paula received a B.A. degree in chemistry from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, and a Ph.D. in biophysical chemistry from Yale University. His research activities encompass the areas of molecular spectroscopy, biophysical chemistry, and nanoscience. He has taught courses in general chemistry, physical chemistry, biophysical chemistry, instrumental analysis, and writing.

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