Physical Chemistry

Physical Chemistry : Quanta, Matter, and Change

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Physical Chemistry: Quanta, Matter, and Change 2nd edition takes an exciting and innovative molecular approach to the teaching of physical chemistry. The text focuses on our understanding of the properties of matter at the molecular level, and how these can be linked to the macroscopic world via statistical mechanics and thermodynamics.

For the second edition the structure of the text has been radically re-organised. Instead of being in chapters, material is broken down into 97 short 'topics' and related 'topics' are organised into 20 'focus on' sections. 'Roadmaps' at the beginning of each Focus show how topics are interrelated and help students to forge connections between different subjects. This novel approach is designed to improve the digestibility of the text for students and be more flexible for lecturers teaching the

The distinguished author team presents the subject in a rigorous but accessible manner, allowing students to gain a thorough understanding of physical chemistry. The text includes numerous learning features, such as self-test questions, notes on good practice, online 'impact on' sections, and example boxes. Furthermore, the mathematics support has been significantly enhanced for this edition, by the inclusion of new 'chemist's toolkits', which link to the more in depth 'Mathematical background'

The ground-breaking approach of the second edition of Physical Chemistry: Quanta, Matter, and Change will enable students to gain a deep understanding of this fascinating and important subject area.

Online Resource Centre

The Online Resource Centre features:

For registered adopters of the book:
* Figures and tables of data from the book, ready to download.
* Instructor's Solutions Manual

For students:
* Web links to a range of additional physical chemistry resources on the internet.
* Group theory tables, available for downloading.
* Living Graphs
* Molecular modelling problems
* Impact sections linked to via QR codes in the text
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Product details

  • Paperback | 1008 pages
  • 218 x 276 x 37mm | 2,117g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • 780 colour line
  • 0199609810
  • 9780199609819
  • 1,347,975

Table of contents

Focus 1: Foundations ; Mathematical background 1: Differentiation and integration ; Focus 2: The principles of quantum mechanics ; Mathematical background 2: Differential equations ; Focus 3: The quantum mechanics of motion ; Mathematical background 3: Complex numbers ; Focus 4: Approximation methods ; Focus 5: Atomic structure and spectra ; Mathematical background 4: Vectors ; Focus 6: Molecular structure ; Mathematical background 5: Matrices ; Focus 7: Molecular symmetry ; Focus 8: Interactions ; Mathematical background 6: Fourier transforms ; Focus 9: Molecular spectroscopy ; Focus 10: Magnetic resonance ; Focus 11: Statistical thermodynamics ; Mathematical background 7: probability theory ; Focus 12: The First Law of thermodynamics ; Mathematical background 8: Multivariate calculus ; Focus 13: The Second and Third Laws of thermodynamics ; Focus 14: Physical equilibria ; Focus 15: Chemical equilibria ; Focus 16: Molecular motion ; Focus 17: Chemical kinetics ; Focus 18: Reaction dynamics ; Focus 19: Processes in fluid systems ; Focus 20: Processes on solid surfaces ; Resource section
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I like the book very much. It is clear, concise and pitched at just the right level. Dr Simon T. Banks, University College London
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I like the book very much. It is clear, concise and pitched at just the right level. * Dr Simon T. Banks, University College London * By breaking the text up into 'topics' it is much easier to digest the background material required for more complex chemical subjects, which should be a useful aid for tutors and students * Dr Grant Hill, University of Glasgow * The use of conceptual maps to relate the different topics is a very good idea * Dr Carlos Vazquez-Vazquez, University of Santiago de Compostela *
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About Peter Atkins

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. Peter was the 2016 recipient of the American Chemical Society's Grady-Stack Award for science journalism.

Julio de Paula is Professor of Chemistry, 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.

Ronald Friedman is Professor and Chair of the Chemistry Department at Indiana University Purdue University Fort Wayne. He received a B.S. in chemistry from the University of Virginia, a Ph.D. in chemistry from Harvard University, and did postdoctoral work at the University of Minnesota. He teaches general chemistry and physical chemistry at IPFW and has also taught at the University of Michigan and at the Technion (Israel). His research interests are theories of reaction
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