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Atkins' Physical Chemistry

  • Highly respected and well-established text which evolves with every edition to meet the needs of current students
  • Exceptional mathematical support — including annotated equations, equation checklists, and maths background sections — enables students to master the maths which underlies physical chemistry
  • The development of problem solving and analytical skills is actively encouraged by frequent worked examples, discussion questions, exercises, and problems
  • A range of other learning features, including notes on good practice, brief illustrations, and key concept checklists, are incorporated throughout to aid students in their study of physical chemistry

By: Peter Atkins(Author), Julio de Paula(Author)

1005 pages, illustrations

Oxford University Press

Paperback | Mar 2014 | Edition: 10 | #208727 | ISBN-13: 9780199697403
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About this book

The exceptional quality of previous editions has been built upon to make the tenth edition of Atkins' Physical Chemistry even more closely suited to the needs of both lecturers and students. Material within chapters has been radically reorganised into discrete topics, to give the text an inviting modular feel. This restructuring increases the digestibility of the text for students, while making it more flexible for lecturers to teach from.

The extensive learning support provided throughout Atkins' Physical Chemistry now includes new checklists of key concepts at the end of each topic, to reinforce the main take-home messages in each section. The mathematics support for students has also been significantly expanded, with the addition of new Chemist's toolkit boxes, which provide useful reminders of essential mathematical concepts and techniques.

The coupling of the broad coverage of the subject with a structure and use of pedagogy that is even more innovative will ensure Atkins' Physical Chemistry remains Atkins' Physical Chemistry of choice for studying physical chemistry.

New to this edition:
- Significant re-organisation of the material within each chapter into discrete 'topics' makes the text more readable for students and more flexible for instructors to teach from
- Three questions at the beginning of each topic engage and focus the attention of the reader: 'Why do you need to know this material?', 'What is the key idea?', and 'What do you need to know already?'
- Expanded maths support includes new 'Chemist's toolkits' which provide students with succinct reminders of mathematical concepts and techniques
- New checklist of key concepts at the end of each topic reinforces the main take-home messages for each section

"I like the division of the material into shorter "chapters". This helps to navigate through the material and break it up into "lecture-size" bites. "
– Professor Eleanor Campbell, Edinburgh University

"Once again the authors have succeeded in improving on the already very high standard of the previous edition. "
– Matthew Ryder, student, Heriot-Watt University

"I really like the new approach. I like the checklist of concepts and the overarching "why you need to know this material" pointers at the start of each chapter. "
– Dr Darren Walsh, University of Nottingham

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Atkins' Physical Chemistry

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Part 1: Thermodynamics
1: The properties of gases
2: The First Law
3: The Second and Third Laws
4: Physical transformations of pure substances
5: Simple mixtures
6: Chemical equilibrium

Part 2: Structure
7: Introduction to quantum theory
8: The quantum theory of motion
9: Atomic structure and spectra
10: Molecular structure
11: Molecular symmetry
12: Rotational and vibrational spectra
13: Electronic transitions
14: Magnetic resonance
15: Statistical thermodynamics
16: Molecular interactions
17: Macromolecules and self-assembly
18: Solids

Part 3: Change
19: Molecular motion
20: Chemical kinetics
21: Reaction dynamics
22: Processes on surfaces

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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, 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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