Principles of Modern Chemistry / Edition 7

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PRINCIPLES OF MODERN CHEMISTRY has dominated the honors and high mainstream general chemistry courses and is considered the standard for the course. The fifth edition is a substantial revision that maintains the rigor of previous editions but reflects the exciting modern developments taking place in chemistry today. Authors David W. Oxtoby and H. P. Gillis provide a unique approach to learning chemical principles that emphasizes the total scientific processùfrom observation to applicationùplacing general chemistry into a complete perspective for serious-minded science and engineering students. Chemical principles are illustrated by the use of modern materials, comparable to equipment found in the scientific industry. Students are therefore exposed to chemistry and its applications beyond the classroom. This text is perfect for those instructors who are looking for a more advanced general chemistry textbook.
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New edition of a college-level textbook for a first chemistry course. Abundantly and handsomely illustrated (in color) with photos and line drawings. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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"I believe it is written well for an honors-level freshman chemistry course; i.e. it covers all of the basic material but in a way that is more thorough and intelligent than other introductory texts."

"Excellent discussion of the basics from a scientific viewpoint and good illustrations of the principles. Excellent figures and example problems. Excellent homework problems."

"The traditional coverage of atomic and molecular theory has always been a strong point of Principles of Modern Chemistry. My opinion this is the ONLY text on the market that so methodically demonstrates an underlying connectivity between chemical processes, molecular structure, and energetics."

"My opinion this is the ONLY text on the market that so methodically demonstrates an underlying connectivity between chemical processes, molecular structure, and energetics."

"The greatest strength in this book is the mathematical rigor. Students learn in many ways and some need the mathematics. Too many of the general chemistry textbooks (even honors) seem to be taking out mathematics as a way to 'make the chemistry more understandable' instead of keeping the mathematics in and then describing the mathematics in an intuitive manner. The authors have worked on integrating the mathematics and the qualitative description. This has greatly improved the understandability of concepts."

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Meet the Author

David W. Oxtoby became the ninth president of Pomona College on July 1, 2003. An internationally noted chemist, he previously served as dean of physical sciences at the University of Chicago. At Pomona, he holds a coterminous appointment as president and professor of chemistry. Before coming to Pomona, he was associated with the University of Chicago for nearly three decades, with brief interludes to serve as a visiting professor at such places as the University of Paris; the University of Bristol in Great Britain; and the University of Sydney in Australia. Oxtoby is a fellow of the American Physical Society and a member of the American Chemical Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. After earning his bachelor's degree, summa cum laude, from Harvard University, he went on to earn his Ph.D. at the University of California, Berkeley. As a research chemist, he is author or co-author of more than 165 scientific articles on such subjects as light scattering, chemical reaction dynamics and phase transitions. In addition to co-authoring Principles of Modern Chemistry and Chemistry: Science of Change, he has received fellowships from the Guggenheim, von Humboldt, Dreyfus, Sloan, Danforth and National Science foundations.

H.P. Gillis conducts experimental research in the physical chemistry of electronic materials, emphasizing phenomena at solid surfaces and interfaces. Dr. Gillis received his B.S. (Chemistry and Physics) at Louisiana State University and his Ph.D. (Chemical Physics) at The University of Chicago. After postdoctoral research at the University of California-Los Angeles and 10 years with the technical staff at Hughes Research Laboratories in Malibu, California, Dr. Gillis joined the faculty of Georgia Institute of Technology. Dr. Gillis moved to University of California-Los Angeles, where he currently serves as Adjunct Professor of Materials Science and Engineering. He has taught courses in general chemistry, physical chemistry, quantum mechanics, surface science, and materials science at UCLA and at Georgia Institute of Technology.

Laurie J. Butler received her B.S. at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and her Ph.D. at the University of California, Berkeley. After postdoctoral research at the University of Wisconsin, she joined the faculty at The University of Chicago, where she has been a professor since 1987. Professor Butler's research investigates the fundamental inter- and intramolecular forces that drive the course of chemical reactions. Much of her recent work investigates classes of important chemical reactions where the breakdown of the Born-Oppenheimer approximation (the inability of the electronic wavefunction to readjust rapidly enough during the nuclear dynamics) near the transition state alters the dynamics and markedly reduces the reaction rate. She has been an Alfred P. Sloan Fellow and a Camille and Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar, and was awarded the Llewellyn John and Harriet Manchester Quantrell Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching at The University of Chicago.

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Table of Contents

1.The Nature and Conceptual Basis of Modern Chemistry
2.Chemical Equations and Reaction Yields
3.Chemical Bonding: The Classical Description. Unit 2: KINETIC MOLECULAR EXPLANATION OF THE STATES OF MATTER
4.The Gaseous State
5.Solids, Liquids, and Phase Transitions
7.Thermodynamic Processes and Thermochemistry
8.Spontaneous Processes and Thermodynamic Equilibrium
9.Chemical Equilibrium: Basic Principles, Gaseous Reactions, and Gas-Solid Reactions
10.Acid-Base Equilibria
11.Solubility and Precipitation Equilibria
13.Kinetics of Chemical Reactions
15.Quantum Mechanics and Atomic Structure
16.Quantum Mechanics and Molecular Structure
17.Interaction of Molecules with Light
18.Bonding in Transition Metals and Coordination Complexes. Unit 6: CHEMICAL PROCESSES
19.Inorganic Chemical Processes
20.Organic Chemical Processes
21.Synthesis and Processing of Inorganic Materials. Unit 7: MATERIALS
22.Structure and Bonding in Solids
23.Ceramic Materials
24.Electronic and Optical Materials
25.Polymeric Materials.
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