Physical Chemistry: Quanta, Matter, and Change

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  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 1/1/2014
  • Publisher: W. H. Freeman

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This engaging alternative pathway through the physical chemistry course is for instructors who prefer to start with quantum mechanics, then introduce statistical mechanics and thermodynamics. The new edition helps students even further by reorganizing its coverage into a series of brief  "Topics" divided into "Focus" sections. There is also greatly expanded support for students who struggle with the mathematics require for the course.

Table of Contents

Focus 1 Foundations
Topic 1 Matter
Topic 2 Energy
Topic 3 Waves

Mathematical background 1:Differentiation and integration

Focus 2 The principles of quantum mechanics
Topic 4 The emergence of quantum theory
Topic 5 The wavefunction
Topic 6 Extracting information from the wavefunction
Topic 7 Predicting the outcome of experiments
Topic 8 The uncertainty principle

Mathematical background 2: Differential equations

Focus 3 The quantum mechanics of motion
Topic 9 Translational motion in one dimension
Topic 10 Tunnelling
Topic 11 Translational motion in several dimensions
Topic 12 Vibrational motion
Topic 13 Rotational motion in two dimensions
Topic 14 Rotational motion in three dimensions

Mathematical background 3: Complex numbers

Focus 4 Approximation methods
Topic 15 Time-independent perturbation theory
Topic 16 Transitions

Focus 5 Atomic structure and spectra
Topic 17 Hydrogenic atoms
Topic 18 Hydrogenic atomic orbitals
Topic 19 Many-electron atoms
Topic 20 Periodicity
Topic 21 Atomic spectroscopy

Mathematical background 4: Vectors

Focus 6 Molecular structure
Topic 22 Valence-bond theory
Topic 23 The principles of molecular orbital theory
Topic 24 Homonuclear diatomic molecules
Topic 25 Heteronuclear diatomic molecules
Topic 26 Polyatomic molecules
Topic 27 Self-consistent fields
Topic 28 Semiempirical methods
Topic 29 Ab initio methods
Topic 30 Density functional theory

Mathematical background 5: Matrices

Focus 7 Molecular symmetry
Topic 31 The analysis of shape
Topic 32 Group theory
Topic 33 Applications of symmetry

Focus 8 Interactions
Topic 34 Electric properties of molecules
Topic 35 Interactions between molecules
Topic 36 Real gases
Topic 37 Crystal structure
Topic 38 Bonding in solids
Topic 39 Electrical, optical, and magnetic properties of solids

Mathematical background 6: Fourier transforms

Focus 9 Molecular spectroscopy
Topic 40 General features
Topic 41 Molecular rotation
Topic 42 Rotational spectroscopy
Topic 43 Vibrational spectroscopy: Diatomic molecules
Topic 44 Vibrational spectroscopy: Polyatomic molecules
Topic 45 Electronic spectroscopy
Topic 46 Decay of excited states

Focus 10 Magnetic resonance
Topic 47 General principles
Topic 48 Features of NMR spectra
Topic 49 Pulse techniques in NMR
Topic 50 Electron paramagnetic resonance

Focus 11 Statistical thermodynamics
Topic 51 The Boltzmann distribution
Topic 52 Molecular partition functions
Topic 53 Molecular energies
Topic 54 The canonical ensemble

Mathematical background 7: Probability theory

Focus 12 The First Law of thermodynamics
Topic 55 The First Law
Topic 56 Enthalpy
Topic 57 Thermochemistry
Topic 58 The internal energy

Mathematical background 8: Multivariate calculus

Focus 13 The Second and Third Laws of thermodynamics
Topic 59 The Second Law
Topic 60 The statistical entropy
Topic 61 The thermodynamic entropy
Topic 62 Entropy changes for specific processes
Topic 63 The Third Law of thermodynamics
Topic 64 Spontaneous processes
Topic 65 Standard Gibbs energies
Topic 66 Combining the First and Second Laws

Focus 14 Physical equilibria
Topic 67 Phase diagrams: One-component systems
Topic 68: Phase diagrams: Two-component systems
Topic 69 Physical transformations
Topic 70 Ideal mixtures
Topic 71 Colligative properties
Topic 72 Real solutions

Focus 15 Chemical equilibria
Topic 73 Chemical transformation
Topic 74 The statistical description of equilibrium
Topic 75 The response of equilibria to the conditions
Topic 76 Electrochemical cells
Topic 77 Standard electrode potentials

Focus 16 Molecular motion
Topic 78 The kinetic theory of gases
Topic 79 Transport properties of gases
Topic 80 Motion in liquids
Topic 81 Diffusion

Focus 17 Chemical kinetics
Topic 82 Reaction rates
Topic 83 Integrated rate laws
Topic 84 Reactions approaching equilibrium
Topic 85 The Arrhenius equation
Topic 86 Reaction mechanisms

Focus 18 Reaction dynamics
Topic 87 Collision theory
Topic 88 Diffusion-controlled reactions
Topic 89 Transition-state theory
Topic 90 The dynamics of molecular collisions

Focus 19 Processes in fluid systems
Topic 91 Unimolecular reactions
Topic 92 Enzymes
Topic 93 Photochemistry
Topic 94 Electron transfer in homogeneous systems

Focus 20 Processes on solid surfaces
Topic 95 Solid surfaces
Topic 96 Adsorption and desorption
Topic 97 Heterogeneous catalysis

Resource section
Common integrals
Quantum numbers and operators
Character tables
Selected answers to numerical exercises



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