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Elements of Physical Chemistry

Seventh Edition

Peter Atkins and Julio de Paula

December 2016

ISBN: 9780198727873

656 pages

In Stock

Price: £52.99

The only one semester physical chemistry text to provide extensive mathematical and pedagogical support for students while remaining concise and accessible.



The ideal course text for those new to the subject, Elements of Physical Chemistry covers the fundamentals of physical chemistry in a straightforward, easy-to-digest way. Extensive mathematical and pedagogical support enables students to gain a deeper understanding of this core branch of chemistry.

  • Experienced author team renowned for rigorous but accessible explanations of concepts in physical chemistry.
  • Chemist's toolkits present essential background material on mathematics right where and when they are needed.
  • Students are further supported in their learning by the provision of features such as notes on good practice, key concept checklists, and equation labels and annotations.
  • Frequent self-test questions allow students to check their understanding as they progress through the material, while end-of-focus exercises and problems help to consolidate problem solving skills.
  • Over 700 illustrations, many of them new, help to clarify the concepts, especially for visual learners.
  • Also available as an e-book with functionality, navigation features, and links that offer extra learning support

New to this edition

  • Radically updated structure to help improve digestibility and flexibility; material has been broken down into short 'Topics' which are organised into 'Focus' sections.
  • A new 'collect your thoughts' feature shows students how they might go about approaching a particular problem.
  • Three questions posed at the beginning of each Topic explain why it is important, what the key idea is, and what the student already needs to know.
  • 'Impact' sections, newly available online, show the application of physical chemistry in a diverse range of modern contexts.
  • Many derivations and worked examples now include more intermediate steps, helping students gain a deeper understanding of the underlying mathematics.

About the Author(s)

Peter Atkins, Fellow of Lincoln College, University of Oxford, and Julio de Paula, Professor and Chair, Department of Chemistry, Lewis & Clark College

Peter Atkins is a fellow of Lincoln College in the University of Oxford and the author of more than sixty 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 and Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences at 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.

Table of Contents

    Focus 1: The properties of gases
    Focus 2: The First Law of thermodynamics
    Focus 3: The Second Law of thermodynamics
    Focus 4: Physical transformations
    Focus 5: Chemical Change
    Focus 6: Chemical kinetics
    Focus 7: Quantum theory
    Focus 8: Atomic structure
    Focus 9: The chemical bond
    Focus 10: Molecular interactions
    Focus 11: Molecular spectroscopy
    Focus 12: Statistical thermodynamics
    Focus 13: Magnetic resonance
    Focus 14: Macromolecules and aggregates
    Focus 15: Solids


The breaking down of chapters into topics is great, particularly when the book is used for quick reference - Tom Martin, chemistry student at Loughborough University

The style of writing makes the material readily accessible to undergraduates of all levels of chemistry capability. Physical Chemistry is notoriously mathematical in nature and as such any good text on this subject must carry readers of varying ability in mathematics. - Dr Subrayal M Reddy, University of Surrey

There are no other textbooks that serve the purposes of my physical chemistry courses so well. - Dr Peter B Karadakov, University of York

As always the writing style is clear and elegant and the numerical examples are pertinent and helpful. - Dr Mike Lyons, Trinity College Dublin

Additional Resources

Online Resource Centre

For registered adopters of the book:
· Figures and tables of data from the book, ready to download.
· A test bank of additional multiple-choice questions, linked to relevant sections of book

For students:
·Multiple choice questions to support self-directed learning

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