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Readership: First or second year undergraduates studying physical chemistry as part of a chemistry degree or a related degree such as biochemistry, natural sciences, medicinal chemistry, or pharmacy.
Peter Atkins, Fellow of Lincoln College, University of Oxford, and Julio de Paula, Professor of Chemistry, Lewis & Clark College
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 at 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.
"This text presents fundamental concepts of physical chemistry in an engaging and enjoyable style. I will definitely be recommending it to others." - Matthew Ryder, Chemistry student, Heriot-Watt University
"I think the book is very good for first and second years. It does a good job of explaining some of the traditionally more 'scary' topics without being too heavy on the maths. The exercises and questions are also done well, and the graphs and diagrams are useful and clear.
" - Jonathan Booth, Chemistry student, University of York
1: The properties of gases
2: Thermodynamics: the First Law
3: Thermodynamics: applications of the First Law
4: Thermodynamics: the Second Law
5: Physical equilibria: pure substances
6: Physical equilibria: the properties of mixtures
7: Chemical equilibrium: the principles
8: Chemical equilibrium: solutions
9: Chemical equilibrium: electrochemistry
10: Chemical kinetics: the rates of reactions
11: Chemical kinetics: accounting for the rate laws
12: Quantum theory
13: Quantum chemistry: atomic structure
14: Quantum chemistry: the chemical bond
15: Molecular interactions
16: Macromolecules and aggregates
17: Metallic, ionic, and covalent solids
18: Solid surfaces
19: Spectroscopy: molecular rotations and vibrations
20: Spectroscopy: electronic transitions
21: Spectroscopy: magnetic resonance
22: Statistical thermodynamics