Physical Chemistry Thermodynamics, Structure, and Change

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  • Edition: 10th
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2014-01-17
  • Publisher: W. H. Freeman

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Edition after edition, Atkins and de Paula's #1 bestseller remains the most contemporary, most effective full-length textbook for courses covering thermodynamics in the first semester and quantum mechanics in the second semester. Its molecular view of physical chemistry, contemporary applications, student friendly pedagogy, and strong problem-solving emphasis make it particularly well-suited for pre-meds, engineers, physics, and chemistry students. Now organized into briefer, more manageable topics, and featuring additional applications and mathematical guidance, the new edition helps students learn more effectively, while allowing instructors to teach the way they want.

Available in Split Volumes
For maximum flexibility in your physical chemistry course, this text is now offered as a traditional text or in two volumes:
Volume 1: Thermodynamics and Kinetics: 1-4641-2451-5
Volume 2: Quantum Chemistry: 1-4641-2452-3

Author Biography

Peter Atkins is a fellow of Lincoln College in the University of Oxford and the author of about 70 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 a Professor of Chemistry at Lewis and 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.


Table of Contents

A Matter
B Energy
C Waves

Part 1 Thermodynamics
1. The properties of gases
Topic 1A The perfect gas
Topic 1B The kinetic model
Topic 1C Real gases

…ON ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE 1.1: The gas laws and the weather
...ON ASTROPHYSICS 1.2: The Sun as a ball of perfect gas

Mathematical background 1 Differentiation and integration

2. The First Law
Topic 2A Internal energy
Topic 2B Enthalpy
Topic 2C Thermochemistry
Topic 2D State functions and exact differentials
Topic 2E Adiabatic changes

…ON BIOLOGY 2.1: Food and energy reserves

Mathematical background 2 Multivariate calculus

3. The Second and Third Laws
Topic 3A Entropy
Topic 3B The measurement of entropy
Topic 3C Concentrating on the system
Topic 3D Combining the First and Second Laws

…ON ENGINEERING: 3.1 Refrigeration
… ON MATERIALS SCIENCE: 3.2 Crystal Defects

4. Physical transformations of pure substances
Topic 4A Phase diagrams of pure substances
Topic 4B Thermodynamic aspects of phase transitions

…ON TECHNOLOGY: 4.1 Supercritical fluids

5. Simple mixtures
Topic 5A The thermodynamic description of mixtures
Topic 5B The properties of solutions
Topic 5C Phase diagrams of binary systems
Topic 5D Phase diagrams of ternary systems
Topic 5E Activities
Topic 5F The activities of ions

…ON BIOLOGY: 5.1 Osmosis in physiology and biochemistry
…ON MATERIALS SCIENCE: 5.2 Liquid crystals

6. Chemical equilibrium
Topic 6A The equilibrium constant
Topic 6B The response of equilibria to the conditions
Topic 6C Electrochemical cells
Topic 6D Electrode potentials

…ON BIOCHEMISTRY 6.1: Energy conversion in biological cells
…ON CHEMICAL ANALYSIS 6.2: Species-selective electrodes

7. Introduction to quantum theory
Topic 7A The origins of quantum mechanics
Topic 7B Dynamics of microscopic systems
Topic 7C The principles of quantum theory

…ON TECHNOLOGY 7.1: Quantum computing

Mathematical background 3 Complex numbers

8. The quantum theory of motion
Topic 8A Translation
Topic 8B Vibrational motion
Topic 8C Rotational motion

Impact... ON NANOSCIENCE: 8.1 Quantum dots

Mathematical background 4 Differential equations

9. Atomic structure and spectra
Topic 9A Hydrogenic atoms
Topic 9B Many-electron atoms
Topic 9C Atomic spectra

…ON ASTROPHYSICS 9.1 The spectroscopy of stars

Mathematical background 5 Vectors

10. Molecular structure
Topic 10A Valence-bond theory
Topic 10B Principles of molecular orbital theory
Topic 10C Homonuclear diatomic molecules
Topic 10D Heteronuclear diatomic molecules
Topic 10E Polyatomic molecules

…ON BIOCHEMISTRY 10.1: The reactivity of O2, N2, and NO
…ON BIOCHEMISTRY 10.2: Computational studies of biomolecules

Mathematical background 6 Matrices

11. Molecular symmetry
Topic 11A Symmetry elements
Topic 11B Group theory
Topic 11C Applications of symmetry

12. Rotational and vibrational spectra
Topic 12A General features of molecular spectroscopy
Topic 12B Molecular rotation
Topic 12C Rotational spectroscopy
Topic 12D Vibrational spectroscopy of diatomic molecules
Topic 12E Vibrational spectroscopy of polyatomic molecules

…ON ASTROPHYSICS: 12.1 Rotational and vibrational spectroscopy of interstellar species
…ON ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE: 12.2 Climate change

13. Electronic transitions
Topic 13A Electronic spectra
Topic 13B Decay of excited states
Topic 13C Lasers

…ON BIOCHEMISTRY 13.2 Fluorescence microscopy

14. Magnetic resonance
Topic 14A General principles
Topic 14B Features of NMR spectra
Topic 14C Pulse techniques in NMR
Topic 14D Electron paramagnetic resonance

…ON MEDICINE 14.1 Magnetic resonance imaging

15. Statistical thermodynamics
Topic 15A The Boltzmann distribution
Topic 15B Molecular partition functions
Topic 15C Molecular energies
Topic 15D The canonical ensemble
Topic 15E The internal energy and the entropy
Topic 15F Derived functions


16. Molecular interactions
Topic 16A Electric properties of molecules
Topic 16B Interactions between molecules
Topic 16C Liquids

…ON MEDICINE 16.1 Molecular recognition and drug design
…ON MATERIALS SCIENCE 16.2 Hydrogen storage in molecular clathrates

17. Macromolecules and self-assembly
Topic 17A The structures of macromolecules
Topic 17B Properties of macromolecules
Topic 17C Self-assembly
Topic 17D Determination of size and shape

18. Solids
Topic 18A Crystal structure
Topic 18B Bonding in solids
Topic 18C Mechanical, electrical, and magnetic properties of solids
Topic 18D The optical properties of solids

... ON BIOCHEMISTRY: 18.1 X-ray crystallography of biological macromolecules
... ON NANOSCIENCE: 18.2 Nanowires

19. Molecular motion
Topic 19A Transport properties of a perfect gas
Topic 19B Motion in liquids
Topic 19C Diffusion

…ON BIOCHEMISTRY 19.1 Ion channels

20. Chemical kinetics
Topic 20A The rates of chemical reactions
Topic 20B Integrated rate laws
Topic 20C Reactions approaching equilibrium
Topic 20D The Arrhenius equation
Topic 20E Reaction mechanisms
Topic 20F Examples of reaction mechanisms
Topic 20G Photochemistry
Topic 20H Enzymes

…ON BIOCHEMISTRY 20.1 Harvesting of light during plant photosynthesis

21. Reaction dynamics
Topic 21A Collision theory
Topic 21B Diffusion-controlled reactions
Topic 21C Transition-state theory
Topic 21D The dynamics of molecular collisions
Topic 21E Electron transfer in homogeneous systems
Topic 21F Processes at electrodes

…ON TECHNOLOGY 21.1 Fuel cells

22. Processes on surfaces
Topic 22A An introduction to solid surfaces
Topic 22B Adsorption and desorption
Topic 22C Heterogeneous catalysis

…ON TECHNOLOGY 22.1 Catalysis in the chemical industry

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