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Atkins' Physical Chemistry 11e

Volume 1: Thermodynamics and Kinetics

Eleventh Edition

Peter Atkins, Julio de Paula, and James Keeler

Publication Date - 30 October 2018

ISBN: 9780198817895


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


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 math support and reorganized to make the text more flexible for instructors and more readable for students.

New to this Edition

  • Significant reworking of the book's structure improves digestibility and flexibility; material has been broken down into short "Topics," which are organized into nineteen "Focus" sections
  • A new, alternative approach to the derivation of equations ("How is that Done?") demonstrates the absolute centrality of mathematics to physical chemistry
  • 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
  • A new prologue introduces students to 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
  • Thirteen 'A Deeper Look' sections, available online, provide deeper insights into a range of more advanced topics


  • Highly respected and well-established text that evolves with every edition to meet the needs of current students
  • 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?"
  • Exceptional mathematical support--including annotated equations, equation checklists, and math background sections--enables students to master the mathematics which underlies physical chemistry
  • 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
  • The development of problem solving and analytical skills is actively encouraged by frequent worked examples, discussion questions, exercises, and problems

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

    Focus 1: 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 16: Liquids
    Focus 17: Chemical Kinetics
    Focus 18: Reaction Dynamics
    Focus 19: Processes on Surface
    Resource Section

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