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Elements of Physical Chemistry

Seventh Edition

Peter Atkins and Julio de Paula

Publication Date - 22 February 2017

ISBN: 9780198796701

592 pages
10.4 x 7.7 inches

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A tightly focused, engaging, and easy-to-follow text for the one-semester Physical Chemistry course, from a best-selling author team


Elements of Physical Chemistry has been carefully developed to help students increase their confidence when using physics and mathematics to answer fundamental questions about the structure of molecules, how chemical reactions take place, and why materials behave the way they do. Featuring an appealing design and layout, this acclaimed text provides extensive mathematical and pedagogical support while also remaining concise and accessible.

For the seventh edition, the material has been reorganized into short "Topics," which are grouped into thematic "Focuses" to make the text more digestible for students and more flexible for instructors. At the beginning of each Topic, three questions are posed, emphasizing why it is important, what the key idea is, and what students should already know.


* Detailed "justification" boxes help students understand the crucial mathematics that underpins physical chemistry

* Chemist's Toolkits present the foundations of physics and mathematics exactly where they are needed in the text

* Frequent worked examples, self-test questions, and end-of-chapter exercises help students to gain confidence and experience in solving problems

* Notes on good practice, key concept checklists, and equation labels and annotations provide additional support for students

* A Companion Website provides instructors with a Test Bank of multiple-choice questions and downloadable figures and tables of data from the text. It also contains multiple-choice questions and numerical answers to end-of-chapter questions for students.

New to this Edition

  • A radically updated structure to help improve digestibility and flexibility; the material has been broken down into short "Topics" that are organized into "Focus" sections
  • Three questions posed at the beginning of each "Topic" explain why it is important, what the key idea is, and what students already need to know
  • New "Collect Your Thoughts" features show students how they might go about approaching particular problems
  • New "Impact" sections 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 is a Fellow of Lincoln College at 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.

Julio de Paula is Professor of Chemistry and Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences at Lewis & Clark College. His research activities encompass the areas of molecular spectroscopy, biophysical chemistry, and nanoscience.

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

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