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Atkins Physical Chemistry V1

Twelfth Edition

Peter Atkins, Julio de Paula, and James Keeler

Publication Date - 05 January 2023

ISBN: 9780198851301

480 pages
10.9 x 8.6 inches

In Stock


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

The exceptional quality of previous editions has been built upon to make the twelfth edition of Atkins' Physical Chemistry even more closely suited to the needs of both lecturers and students. The writing style has been refreshed in collaboration with current students of physical chemistry in order to retain the clarity for which the book is recognized while mirroring the way you read and engage with information.

The new edition is now available as an enhanced e-book, which offers you a richer, more dynamic learning experience. It does this by incorporating digital enhancements that are carefully curated and thoughtfully inserted at meaningful points to enhance the learning experience. In addition, it offers formative auto-graded assessment materials to provide students with regular opportunities to test their understanding.

Digital enhancements introduced for the new edition include dynamic graphs, which students can interact with to explore how the manipulation of variables affects the results of the graphs; self-check questions at the end of every Topic; video content from physical chemists; and video tutorials to accompany each Focus, which dig deeper into the key equations introduced. There is also a new foundational prologue entitled 'Energy: A First Look', which summarizes key concepts that are best kept in mind right from the beginning of physical chemistry studies.

The coupling of the broad coverage of the subject with a structure and use of pedagogy that is even more innovative will ensure Atkins' Physical Chemistry remains the textbook of choice for studying physical chemistry.

New to this Edition

  • The new enhanced e-book offers a richer, more dynamic learning experience. Digital enhancements are carefully curated and thoughtfully inserted at meaningful points to enhance the learning experience and include formative auto-graded assessment materials that provide regular opportunities to test understanding.
  • Video tutorials about the key equations introduced in each Focus.
  • Dynamic graphs to help visualize data.
  • Further self-test material has been added, including over 200 multiple-choice questions, extra exercises, which now total over 1,000, and problems totaling over 700.
  • The solutions manual from former editions is now integrated into the enhanced e-book instead of a separate publication.
  • A refreshed writing style is designed to retain clarity while matching the way students read.
  • A new prologue, "Energy: A First Look," provides the conceptual foundations on which to build knowledge and understanding of physical chemistry.
  • A new Topic within Focus 9 introduces the underlying principles of computational chemistry.


  • 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 maths backgrounds - enables students to master the math 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.

About the Author(s)

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

    Volume 1: Thermodynamics and Kinetics
    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 14 Molecules in motion
    Focus 15 Chemical kinetics
    Focus 16 Reaction dynamics
    Focus 17 Processes at solid surfaces

    Volume 2: Quantum Chemistry, Spectroscopy,
    Statistical Thermodynamics:
    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

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