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Atkins' Physical Chemistry 11e

Eleventh Edition

Peter Atkins, Julio de Paula, and James Keeler

Publication Date - February 2018

ISBN: 9780198769866

1040 pages
10.9 x 8.6 inches

In Stock

Retail Price to Students: $149.95

The well-established and highly respected text that evolves with every edition to meet the needs of current students


Atkins' Physical Chemistry is widely acknowledged by both students and instructors around the globe to be the textbook of choice for studying physical chemistry. The eleventh edition has been enhanced with additional learning features and math support, and reorganized into discrete Topics, to make the text more flexible for teachers and more readable for students.


New for this edition, Atkins' Physical Chemistry can be packaged with WebAssign, a flexible and fully customizable online instructional solution. It allows instructors to deploy assignments and to instantly assess individual student performance. For packaging information, or to arrange a demo, contact your OUP sales representative.

New to this Edition

  • Significant reworking of the book's structure and layout improves digestibility and flexibility; material is presented as short "Topics," organized into nineteen "Focus" sections
  • New "How is that done?" sections highlight the absolute centrality of mathematics to physical chemistry, presenting questions and then showing how math is used to answer them
  • Rewritten Problems--provided at the end of every Focus section and organized by Topic--are broken down into clear parts to encourage problem-solving skills
  • A new Prologue introduces the Boltzmann distribution, an essential concept that underpins the study of physical chemistry
  • Expanded versions of the in-text Chemist's Toolkits now appear online
  • "A Deeper Look" sections, available online, provide deeper insights into a range of more advanced topics
  • Online homework and assessment is available through WebAssign digital solution


  • Exceptional mathematical support--including annotated equations, equation checklists, and math background sections--enables students to master the mathematics 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 notes on good practice, brief illustrations, and key concept checklists, are incorporated throughout to aid students in their study of physical chemistry

About the Author(s)

Peter Atkins is a Fellow of Lincoln College and former Professor of Chemistry at University of Oxford.

Julio de Paula is Professor of Chemistry at Lewis & Clark College.

James Keeler is Director of Teaching in the Department of Chemistry and the Senior Tutor at Selwyn College, University of Cambridge

Previous Publication Date(s)

March 2014
November 2009
March 2006

Table of Contents

    Part 1: Thermodynamics
    1. The properties of gases
    2. The First Law
    3. The Second and Third Laws
    4. Physical transformations of pure substances
    5. Simple mixtures
    6. Chemical equilibrium
    Part 2: Structure
    7. Introduction to quantum theory
    8. The quantum theory of motion
    9. Atomic structure and spectra
    10. Molecular structure
    11. Molecular symmetry
    12. Rotational and vibrational spectra
    13. Electronic transitions
    14. Magnetic resonance
    15. Statistical thermodynamics
    16. Molecular interactions
    17. Macromolecules and self-assembly
    18. Solids
    Part 3: Change
    19. Molecular motion
    20. Chemical kinetics
    21. Reaction dynamics
    22. Processes on surfaces

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