Physical Chemistry Thermodynamics, Structure and Change – Peter Atkins, Julio de Paula – 10th Edition


Books 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.

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  • Table of Contents:
    It occupies fourteen pages. Here is a succinct overview:
    Chemistry is the science of matter and the changes it can
    undergo. Physical chemistry is the branch of chemistry that
    establishes and develops the principles of the subject in terms
    of the underlying concepts of physics and the language of
    mathematics. It provides the basis for developing new spectroscopic
    techniques and their interpretation, for understanding
    the structures of molecules and the details of their electron
    distributions, and for relating the bulk properties of matter
    to their constituent atoms. Physical chemistry also provides a
    window on to the world of chemical reactions, and allows us to
    understand in detail how they take place.
    A Matter
    Throughout the text we draw on a number of concepts that
    should already be familiar from introductory chemistry, such
    as the ‘nuclear model’ of the atom, ‘Lewis structures’ of molecules,
    and the ‘perfect gas equation’. This Topic reviews these
    and other concepts of chemistry that appear at many stages of
    the presentation.
    B Energy
    Because physical chemistry lies at the interface between
    physics and chemistry, we also need to review some of the
    concepts from elementary physics that we need to draw on in
    the text. This Topic begins with a brief summary of ‘classical
    mechanics’, our starting point for discussion of the motion
    and energy of particles. Then it reviews concepts of ‘thermodynamics’
    that should already be part of your chemical
    vocabulary. Finally, we introduce the ‘Boltzmann distribution’
    and the ‘equipartition theorem’, which help to establish
    connections between the bulk and molecular properties of
    C Waves
    This Topic describes waves, with a focus on ‘harmonic waves’,
    which form the basis for the classical description of electromagnetic
    radiation. The classical ideas of motion, energy, and
    waves in this Topic and Topic B are expanded with the principles
    of quantum mechanics (Chapter 7), setting the stage for
    the treatment of electrons, atoms, and molecules. Quantum
    mechanics underlies the discussion of chemical structure
    and chemical change, and is the basis of many techniques of
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