Gases, Liquids and Solids

Gases, Liquids and Solids : And Other States of Matter

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This is now the third edition of a well established and highly successful undergraduate text. The content of the second edition has been reworked and added to where necessary, and completely new material has also been included. There are new sections on amorphous solids and liquid crystals, and completely new chapters on colloids and polymers. Using unsophisticated mathematics and simple models, Professor Tabor leads the reader skilfully and systematically from the basic physics of interatomic and intermolecular forces, temperature, heat and thermodynamics, to a coherent understanding of the bulk properties of gases, liquids and solids. The introductory material on intermolecular forces and on heat and thermodynamics is followed by several chapters dealing with the properties of ideal and real gases, both at an elementary and at a more sophisticated level. The mechanical, thermal and electrical properties of solids are considered next, before an examination of the liquid state. The author continues with chapters on colloids and polymers, and ends with a discussion of the dielectric and magnetic properties of matter in terms of simple atomic models. The abiding theme is that all these macroscopic material properties can be understood as resulting from the competition between thermal energy and intermolecular or interatomic forces. This is a lucid textbook which will continue to provide students of physics and chemistry with a comprehensive and integrated view of the properties of matter in all its many fascinating more

Product details

  • Online resource
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised
  • 3rd Revised edition
  • 1139170252
  • 9781139170253

Review quote

"...well-written text in physical chemistry...will reward undergraduate science majors who wish to improve their insight into the nature of matter...Where it excels is in its demand for intellectual maturity, even though the level of mathematics never extends past first-year calculus." M.B. Snyder, Choice "...would not only be suitable, but extremely valuable to complement the kind of theoretical education, heavy on quantum mechanics and statistical mechanics, that we usually give our research-bound students." David L. Goodstein, Foundations of Physics "...written in a clear and lucid style that makes it easy to read." John de Bruyn, La physique au Canadashow more

Table of contents

Introduction; 1. Atoms, molecules and the forces between them; 2. Temperature, heat and the laws of thermodynamics; 3. Perfect gases - bulk properties and simple theory; 4. Further theory of perfect gases; 5. Imperfect gases; 6. The solid state; 7. The elastic properties of solids; 8. The strength properties of solids; 9. Thermal and electrical properties of solids; 10. The liquid state; 11. Liquids: their flow properties; 12. The colloidal state of matter; 13. Some physical properties of polymers; 14. Dielectric properties of matter; 15. Magnetic properties of matter; Appendix; more