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Physical Chemistry

Quanta, Matter, and Change

Second Edition

Peter Atkins, Julio de Paula, and Ronald Friedman

Publication Date - December 2013

ISBN: 9780199609819

1,008 pages
10.9 x 8.6 inches

In Stock

Retail Price to Students: $97.95


Physical Chemistry: Quanta, Matter, and Change 2nd edition takes an exciting and innovative molecular approach to the teaching of physical chemistry. The text focuses on our understanding of the properties of matter at the molecular level, and how these can be linked to the macroscopic world via statistical mechanics and thermodynamics.

For the second edition the structure of the text has been radically re-organised. Instead of being in chapters, material is broken down into 97 short 'topics' and related 'topics' are organised into 20 'focus on' sections. 'Roadmaps' at the beginning of each Focus show how topics are interrelated and help students to forge connections between different subjects. This novel approach is designed to improve the digestibility of the text for students and be more flexible for lecturers teaching the subject.

The distinguished author team presents the subject in a rigorous but accessible manner, allowing students to gain a thorough understanding of physical chemistry. The text includes numerous learning features, such as self-test questions, notes on good practice, online 'impact on' sections, and example boxes. Furthermore, the mathematics support has been significantly enhanced for this edition, by the inclusion of new 'chemist's toolkits', which link to the more in depth 'Mathematical background' sections.

The ground-breaking approach of the second edition of Physical Chemistry: Quanta, Matter, and Change will enable students to gain a deep understanding of this fascinating and important subject area.

Online Resource Centre

The Online Resource Centre features:

For registered adopters of the book:
· Figures and tables of data from the book, ready to download.
· Instructor's Solutions Manual

For students:
· Web links to a range of additional physical chemistry resources on the internet.
· Group theory tables, available for downloading.
· Living Graphs
· Molecular modelling problems
· Impact sections linked to via QR codes in the text

New to this Edition

  • Radically updated structure to help improve digestibility and flexibility of use, in which material is broken down into short 'topics' which are organised into 'focus on' sections.
  • Significantly enhanced mathematics support for students such as new chemist's toolkit boxes, equation tags, and end of topic equation checklists.
  • New 'roadmaps' at the beginning of each Focus show how topics are interrelated, helping students to develop a fuller understanding of the subject as a whole.


  • Innovative quantum mechanics-first approach to the subject of physical chemistry.
  • Experienced and well-respected authors present the subject in a clear and comprehensive manner.
  • Numerous full-colour diagrams and structures illustrate the text.
  • Extensive mathematics support for students, including 'Mathematical Background' sections and 'Chemist's Toolkits'.
  • Numerous learning features designed specifically to support students such as worked examples, exercises and problem questions, notes on good practice, example boxes, and online 'impact on' sections.

About the Author(s)

Peter Atkins, Fellow of Lincoln College, University of Oxford,Julio de Paula, Professor of Chemistry, Lewis & Clark College,Ronald Friedman, Professor and Chair of Chemistry Department, Indiana University, Purdue University Fort Wayne

Peter Atkins is a fellow of Lincoln College in the University of Oxford and the author of about 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, 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, 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.

Ronald Friedman is Professor and Chair of the Chemistry Department at Indiana University Purdue University Fort Wayne. He received a B.S. in chemistry from the University of Virginia, a Ph.D. in chemistry from Harvard University, and did postdoctoral work at the University of Minnesota. He teaches general chemistry and physical chemistry at IPFW and has also taught at the University of Michigan and at the Technion (Israel). His research interests are theories of reaction dynamics.

Table of Contents

    Focus 1: Foundations
    Mathematical background 1: Differentiation and integration
    Focus 2: The principles of quantum mechanics
    Mathematical background 2: Differential equations
    Focus 3: The quantum mechanics of motion
    Mathematical background 3: Complex numbers
    Focus 4: Approximation methods
    Focus 5: Atomic structure and spectra
    Mathematical background 4: Vectors
    Focus 6: Molecular structure
    Mathematical background 5: Matrices
    Focus 7: Molecular symmetry
    Focus 8: Interactions
    Mathematical background 6: Fourier transforms
    Focus 9: Molecular spectroscopy
    Focus 10: Magnetic resonance
    Focus 11: Statistical thermodynamics
    Mathematical background 7: probability theory
    Focus 12: The First Law of thermodynamics
    Mathematical background 8: Multivariate calculus
    Focus 13: The Second and Third Laws of thermodynamics
    Focus 14: Physical equilibria
    Focus 15: Chemical equilibria
    Focus 16: Molecular motion
    Focus 17: Chemical kinetics
    Focus 18: Reaction dynamics
    Focus 19: Processes in fluid systems
    Focus 20: Processes on solid surfaces
    Resource section

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