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Atkins' Physical Chemistry

Eleventh Edition

Peter Atkins, Julio de Paula, and James Keeler

December 2017

ISBN: 9780198769866

944 pages

In Stock

Price: £52.99

Acknowledged by students and lecturers around the world as the textbook for studying physical chemistry, Atkins' Physical Chemistry evolves with each edition to meet needs more effectively than any other book



Atkins' Physical Chemistry is widely acknowledged by both students and lecturers around the globe to be the textbook of choice for studying physical chemistry. Now in its eleventh edition, the text has been enhanced with additional learning features and maths support, re-organised into discrete Topics, to make the text more flexible to teach from and more readable for students.

  • Highly respected and well-established text which evolves with every edition to meet the needs of current students
  • Exceptional mathematical support - including annotated equations, equation checklists, and chemists toolkit sections - enables students to master the maths that underlies physical chemistry
  • The development of problem solving and analytical skills is actively encouraged by frequent worked examples, self-tests, discussion questions, exercises, and problems
  • A range of other learning features, including brief illustrations and key concept checklists are incorporated throughout to aid students in their study of physical chemistry

New to this edition

  • Significant re-working of the books structure improves digestibility and flexibility; material has been broken down into short 'Topics' which are organised into 'Focus' sections
  • Three questions at the beginning of each topic engage and focus the attention of the reader: 'Why do you need to know this material?', 'What is the key idea?', and 'What do you need to know already?
  • Expanded and redistributed support includes new 'chemist's toolkits' which provide students with succinct reminders of mathematical, physical, and chemical concepts and techniques at the point of use
  • An alternative approach to derivation of equations is used to demonstrate the absolute centrality of mathematics to physical chemistry by bringing the reader to the point where progress can be made only by doing some maths. In this new 'How is that done' approach the reader is brought to a question, then the maths is used to show how it can be answered and progress made
  • Checklists of key concepts at the end of each topic reinforce the main take-home messages from the material just covered
  • End of Topic and Focus problems have been rewritten with the goal of leading the reader to a solution, breaking them down into clear steps and encouraging problem-solving skills

About the Author(s)

Peter Atkins, Fellow of Lincoln College, University of Oxford, Julio de Paula, Professor of Chemistry, Lewis & Clark College, US, and James Keeler, Senior Lecturer in Chemistry at the University of Cambridge and Walters Fellow in Chemistry of Selwyn College, Cambridge

Peter Atkins is a fellow of Lincoln College in the University of Oxford and the author of about seventy books for students and a general audience. His texts are market leaders around the globe. A frequent lecturer in the United States and throughout the world, he has held visiting professorships in France, Israel, Japan, China, and New Zealand. He was the founding chairman of the Committee on Chemistry Education of the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry and was a member of IUPAC's Physical and Biophysical Chemistry Division. Peter was the 2016 recipient of the American Chemical Society's Grady-Stack Award for science journalism.

Julio de Paula is Professor of Chemistry, Lewis & Clark College. A native of Brazil, Professor de Paula received a B.A. degree in chemistry from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, and a Ph.D. in biophysical chemistry from Yale University. His research activities encompass the areas of molecular spectroscopy, biophysical chemistry, and nanoscience. He has taught courses in general chemistry, physical chemistry, biophysical chemistry, instrumental analysis, and writing.

James Keeler is Senior Lecturer in Chemistry at the University of Cambridge, and Walters Fellow in Chemistry of Selwyn College, Cambridge. He took his first degree from the University of Oxford and continued there for doctoral research in nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy. He is Director of Teaching for undergraduate chemistry, and teaches courses covering a range of topics in physical and theoretical chemistry.

Table of Contents

    Focus 1: The properties of gases
    Focus 2: The First Law
    Focus 3: The Second and Third Laws
    Focus 4: Physical transformations of pure substances
    Focus 5: Simple mixtures
    Focus 6: Chemical equilibrium
    Focus 7: Quantum theory
    Focus 8: Atomic structure and spectra
    Focus 9: Molecular structure
    Focus 10: Molecular symmetry
    Focus 11: Molecular spectroscopy
    Focus 12: Magnetic resonance
    Focus 13: Statistical thermodynamics
    Focus 14: Molecular interactions
    Focus 15: Solids
    Focus 16: Molecules in motion
    Focus 17: Chemical kinetics
    Focus 18: Reaction dynamics
    Focus 19: Processes at solid surfaces
    Resource section: including extended tables of data


"'I like the division of the material into shorter "chapters". This helps to navigate through the material and break it up into "lecture-size" bites. This is a comprehensive and well-organised textbook that covers all the core physical chemistry. It is attractively presented with excellent online resources and makes a major effort to guide the student carefully through the more demanding mathematics and derivations.'" - Professor Eleanor Campbell, Edinburgh University

"'Once again the authors have succeeded in improving on the already very high standard of the previous edition. '" - Matthew Ryder, student, Heriot-Watt University

"'I really like the new approach. I like the checklist of concepts and the overarching "why you need to know this material" pointers at the start of each chapter. '" - Dr Darren Walsh, University of Nottingham

"'I have used this book for more than 30 years. It is the best textbook of physical chemistry for year 2 and year 3 students in physical science departments, and for their teachers. I also use this textbook as reference book for teaching other courses and even for my research.'" - Wuzong Zhou, St Andrews University

Additional Resources

Atkins' Physical Chemistry is accompanied by a range of online resources:

For registered adopters of the book:
· Figures and tables from the book, in ready to download format
· Tables of key equations
· Instructor's Solutions Manual

For students:
· Web links to a range of additional physical chemistry resources on the internet
· Group theory tables, available for downloading
· Molecular modelling problems
· Impact sections show the application of physical chemistry in a diverse range of modern contexts
· 'Further Information' sections which consist of longer derivations

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