Elements of Physical Chemistry

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A simplified version of the 4th edition of Atkins's (Oxford U.) Physical Chemistry (1990), introducing the basic concepts and techniques of the subject. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780716723974
  • Publisher: Freeman, W. H. & Company
  • Publication date: 11/28/1992
  • Edition description: Older Edition

Table of Contents

1 States of matter and the properties of gases 1
The description of states of matter 3
Equations of state 10
Mixtures of gases: partial pressures 15
The kinetic theory of gases 18
Real gases 25
2 Thermodynamics: the First Law 35
The conservation of energy 36
The internal energy 42
The enthalpy 49
3 Thermodynamics: the Second Law 75
Entropy 76
The Gibbs energy 88
Reactions at equilibrium 105
4 Phase equilibria 115
Phase diagrams of single substances 116
The properties of nonelectrolyte solutions 123
Phase diagrams of mixtures 141
5 Chemical equilibrium 153
The interpretation of equilibrium constants 154
Acids and bases 158
Solubility equilibria 187
Coupled reactions 192
6 Electrochemistry 199
Electrochemical cells 199
Applications of reduction potentials 223
7 The rates of reactions 233
Empirical chemical kinetics 233
Accounting for the rate laws 259
Chain reactions 273
8 Atomic structure 285
The failures of classical physics 285
The dynamics of microscopic systems 296
The structures of atoms 308
The structures of many-electron atoms 320
9 The chemical bond 333
Valence bond theory 335
Molecular orbitals 342
The band theory of solids 360
10 Cohesion and structure 365
The origin of cohesion 365
Fluids 380
Crystal structure 390
Natural biopolymers 404
11 Molecular spectroscopy 411
General features of spectroscopy 411
Rotational spectroscopy 420
Vibrational spectra 425
Electronic transitions: ultraviolet and visible spectra 436
Nuclear magnetic resonance 445
1 Mathematical techniques 457
2 Quantities and units 460
3 Energy and force 461
4 The kinetic theory of gases 462
5 Concepts of electrostatics 462
6 Electromagnetic radiation and photons 463
7 Oxidation numbers 464
8 The Lewis theory of covalent bonding 465
9 The VSEPR model 467
10 The Boltzmann distribution 469
App. 1 Thermodynamic data 471
App. 2 Standard potentials 480
Answers to exercises 483
Index 489
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