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Atkins' Physical Chemistry

Twelfth Edition

Peter Atkins, Julio de Paula, and James Keeler

05 December 2022

ISBN: 9780198847816

976 pages

In Stock

Price: £59.99

Atkins' Physical Chemistry is widely acknowledged by both students and lecturers around the globe to be the textbook of choice for studying physical chemistry.


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 twelfth edition, the text has been enhanced with additional learning features, and the writing style has been refreshed to resonate with the modern student.

  • The gold standard physical chemistry text, which evolves with every edition to meet the needs of current students
  • Exceptional mathematical support - including annotated equations, equation checklists, and mathematical resources - enables students to master the maths which underlies physical chemistry
  • The development of problem solving and analytical skills is actively encouraged by frequent worked examples, discussion questions, exercises, and problems
  • A range of other learning features, including video tutorials, brief illustrations, and key concept checklists, are incorporated throughout to aid students in their study of physical chemistry
  • Also available as an e-book enhanced with self-assessment activities and multi-media content to offer a fully immersive experience and extra learning support.

New to this edition

  • A refreshed writing style is designed to retain clarity whilst matching the way you read
  • A new prologue, 'Energy: A First Look', provides you with the conceptual foundations on which to build your knowledge and understanding of physical chemistry
  • A new Topic within Focus 9 introduces you to the underlying principles of computational chemistry
  • New digital content includes 19 video tutorials about the key equations introduced in each Focus, interviews with physical chemists working in a range of industries, and dynamic graphs
  • Further self-test material added, including over 200 multiple choice questions, and extra exercises, which now total over 1,000, and problems, totalling over 700.

About the Author(s)

Peter Atkins, Fellow, University of Oxford, Julio de Paula, Professor of Chemistry, Lewis and Clark College, and James Keeler, Associate Professor of Chemistry, University of Cambridge

Peter Atkins is a fellow of Lincoln College in the University of Oxford and Emeritus Professor of Physical Chemistry. He is the author of over 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, Russia, the USA, 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 the communication of chemistry.

Julio de Paula is a Professor of Chemistry, Lewis & Clark College. A native of Brazil, he 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, inorganic chemistry, biochemistry, environmental chemistry, instrumental analysis, and writing. Julio was a recipient of the 2020 STAR Award, given by the Research Corporation for Science Advancement.

James Keeler is Associate Professor of Chemistry, University of Cambridge, and Walters Fellow in Chemistry at Selwyn College. He received his first degree and doctorate from the University of Oxford, specializing in nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy. He is presently Head of Department, and before that was Director of Teaching in the department and also Senior Tutor at Selwyn College.

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


"An excellent textbook: very easy to read and fosters great understanding. Physical chemistry can be a very mathematical and complex area, but this textbook makes it easy to understand and is something I see myself using to help me carry out both lab work and physical chemistry questions." - Sophie Shearlaw, student, University of Strathclyde

"This book continuously improves and makes the learning process enjoyable. There are countless examples and exercises which can provide enormous support to both learners and lecturers." - Milan Antonijevic, lecturer, University of Greenwich

"The explanation of the concepts is great. The examples are really helpful: the authors really address almost every way in which the equations could be used. Truly a helpful textbook." - Eva Pogacar, student, Heriot-Watt University

"Covers all the topics that you would want in an undergraduate course on physical chemistry. It includes succinct overviews of mathematical concepts that students need to understand, and is extremely well-organised, breaking material into manageable sections." - Kristin Dawn Krantzman, lecturer, College of Charleston

"This textbook has always been, and continues to be, an excellent physical chemistry textbook. I highly recommend." - Mikko Linnolahti, lecturer, University of Eastern Finland

"Extremely useful Physical Chemistry textbook. Contains helpful overviews of useful equations and concepts. Schematics break down concepts and are good to support learning. Detailed content throughout." - Gabrielle Rennie, student, University of Strathclyde

Additional Resources

The digital resources to accompany Atkins' Physical Chemistry are available via the e-book for students, and include:

- Self-check questions to test your understanding of each Topic
- Video tutorials about the key equations used in each Focus
- Video interviews with leading physical chemists, who share their unique and varied experiences and careers
- Group theory tables, available to download
- Dynamic graphs, to explore how key graphs respond as parameters change
- Impact sections, which explore the application of physical chemistry to various industrial and research fields
- A Deeper Look sections, which expand on the 'Further Information' sections
- Chemist's Toolkits

For registered adopters of the book:
- Figures and tables from the book
- Key equations
- Test bank of exercises, problems and integrated activities, along with accompanying solutions manual, which can be integrated into your virtual learning environment

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