Physical Chemistry: A Molecular Approach / Edition 1

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As the first modern physical chemistry textbook to cover quantum mechanics before thermodynamics and kinetics, this book provides a contemporary approach to the study of physical chemistry. By beginning with quantum chemistry, students will learn the fundamental principles upon which all modern physical chemistry is built. The text includes a special set of "MathChapters" to review and summarize the mathematical tools required to master the material Thermodynamics is simultaneously taught from a bulk and microscopic viewpoint that enables the student to understand how bulk properties of materials are related to the properties of individual constituent molecules. This new text includes a variety of modern research topics in physical chemistry as well as hundreds of worked problems and examples.

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Emphasizes a molecular approach to physical chemistry, discussing principles of quantum mechanics first and then using those ideas in development of thermodynamics and kinetics. Chapters on quantum subjects are interspersed with ten math chapters reviewing mathematical topics used in subsequent chapters. Includes material on current physical chemical research, with chapters on computational quantum chemistry, group theory, NMR spectroscopy, and lasers. Units and symbols used in the text follow IUPAC recommendations. Includes exercises. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780935702996
  • Publisher: University Science Books
  • Publication date: 1/28/1997
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 1360
  • Sales rank: 197,902
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 10.20 (h) x 2.20 (d)

Table of Contents

Ch. 1 The Dawn of the Quantum Theory 1
MathChapter A: Complex Numbers 31
Ch. 2 The Classical Wave Equation 39
MathChapter B: Probability and Statistics 63
Ch. 3 The Schrodinger Equation and a Particle in a Box 73
MathChapter C: Vectors 105
Ch. 4 Some Postulates and General Principles of Quantum Mechanics 115
MathChapter D: Spherical Coordinates 147
Ch. 5 The Harmonic Oscillator and the Rigid Rotator: Two Spectroscopic Models 157
Ch. 6 The Hydrogen Atom 191
MathChapter E: Determinants 231
Ch. 7 Approximation Methods 241
Ch. 8 Multielectron Atoms 275
Ch. 9 The Chemical Bond: Diatomic Molecules 323
Ch. 10 Bonding in Polyatomic Molecules 371
Ch. 11 Computational Quantum Chemistry 411
MathChapter F: Matrices 441
Ch. 12 Group Theory: The Exploitation of Symmetry 453
Ch. 13 Molecular Spectroscopy 495
Ch. 14 Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy 547
Ch. 15 Lasers, Laser Spectroscopy, and Photochemistry 591
MathChapter G: Numerical Methods 627
Ch. 16 The Properties of Gases 637
MathChapter H: Partial Differentiation 683
Ch. 17 The Boltzmann Factor and Partition Functions 693
MathChapter I: Series and Limits 723
Ch. 18 Partition Functions and Ideal Gases 731
Ch. 19 The First Law of Thermodynamics 765
MathChapter J: The Binomial Distribution and Stirling's Approximation 809
Ch. 20 Entropy and the Second Law of Thermodynamics 817
Ch. 21 Entropy and the Third Law of Thermodynamics 853
Ch. 22 Helmholtz and Gibbs Energies 881
Ch. 23 Phase Equilibria 925
Ch. 24 Chemical Equilibrium 963
Ch. 25 The Kinetic Theory of Gases 1011
Ch. 26 Chemical Kinetics I: Rate Laws 1047
Ch. 27 Chemical Kinetics II: Reaction Mechanisms 1091
Ch. 28 Gas-Phase Reaction Dynamics 1139
Ch. 29 Solids and Surface Chemistry 1181
Answers to the Numerical Problems 1237
Illustration Credits 1257
Index 1259
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2007

    A Solid Book

    This is a great book for learning Physical Chemistry. Obviously, it will be much easier to learn with the help of an instructor, but this book provides a solid foundation.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 18, 2003

    good to learn from with the aid of an instructor

    As long as you have an adequate college professor teaching you this subject, this book is more than helpful when used in combination with the study guide/answer book. As with any high level chemistry text, it will require intense concentration.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 21, 2003

    Don't waster your money

    This is the worst text I have ever used. This is not the book to buy if you want to understand phys chem. They don't even bother explaining anything just jumping to the conclusion, you are left with finding out yourself how they got there.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 17, 2011

    Not bad, not great

    So far I've only gone through the quantum section. It is not as helpful as Griffiths (blue book, with cat).

    The bad:
    Overall, it has more glaring typos (on important, technical things, not just word misspellings) than any text book I've had before. The chapter on rotational mechanics (6?) had three distinct parts (one of which is introduction to ladder operators), and could have easily been split up into 2-3 chapters on it's own, and given a lot more detail. Overall most of the descriptions are quite useful, and he does, with one exception, explain how everything is developed from basic experiments and principles. From what I've heard, it is the best book that focuses on chemistry, but in regards to the quantum section - there are better general texts.

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