Physical Chemistry / Edition 44

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A leading book for 80 years, Physical Chemistry 4e features exceptionally clear explanations of the concepts and methods of physical chemistry. The basic theory of chemistry is presented from the viewpoint of academic physical chemists, but the many applications of physical chemistry to practical are integrated throughout the book. The problems in the book are also a skillful blend of theory and practical applications.

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Makes concepts and methods of physical chemistry clear and interesting to students who have had a year of calculus and a year of physics. Material is given in sections on thermodynamics, quantum chemistry, kinetics, and macroscopic and microscopic structures. Learning features include chapter summaries, problems, and computer problems, with selected answers. Computer problems are new to this edition, and require software such as Mathematica or MAPLE. A related change is the use of Mathematica plots in some 50 figures. Mathematical review appendices have been expanded for this edition. Silbey teaches chemistry at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Alberty is professor emeritus at MIT. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471215042
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 6/28/2004
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 44
  • Pages: 992
  • Sales rank: 735,881
  • Product dimensions: 7.90 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Table of Contents


1. Zeroth Law of Thermodynamics and Equations of State.

2. First Law of Thermodynamics.

3. Second and Third Laws of Thermodynamics.

4. Fundamental Equations of Thermodynamics.

5. Chemical Equilibrium.

6. Phase Equilibrium.

7. Electrochemical Equilibrium.

8. Thermodynamics of Biochemical Reactions.


9. Quantum Theory.

10. Atomic Structure.

11. Molecular Electronic Structure.

12. Symmetry.

13. Rotational and Vibrational Spectroscopy.

14. Electronic Spectroscopy of Molecules.

15. Magnetic Resonan ce Spectroscopy.

16. Statistical Mechanics.


17. Kinetic Theory of Gases.

18. Experimental Kinetics and Gas Reactions.

19. Chemical Dynamics and Photochemisty.

20. Kinetics in the Liquid Phase.


21. Macromolecules.

22. Electric and Magnetic Properties of Molecules.

23. Solid State Chemistry.

24. Surface Dynamics.

Appendix A: Physical Quantuties and Units.

Appendix B: Values of Physical Constants.

Appendix C: Tables of Physical Chemical Data.

Appendix D: Mathematical Relations.

Appendix E: Greek Alphabet.

Appendix F: Useful Information on the Web.

Appendix G: Symbols for Physical Quantities and Their SI Units.

Appendix H: Answers to the First Set of Problems.


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