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Physical Chemistry

Physical Chemistry

Physical Chemistry

Physical Chemistry

A Molecular Approach

  • By: Donald A. McQuarrie, John D. Simon

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ISBN: 9788130919195

Bind: Paperback

Year: 2020

Pages: 1296

Size: 153 x 229 mm

Publisher: University Science Books

Published in India by: Viva Books

Exclusive Distributors: Viva Books

Sales Territory: India, Nepal, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka


"It will be a superb book, greatly appreciated and treasured by generations of students to come. My congratulations to the authors for a task so well executed. All of us who labor to teach the dreaded PCHEM courses are in your debt."

—Richard N Zare, Sanford University

"A clearly written, student-oriented text. It has a fresh approach and a logical organization that will have a significant impact on the teaching of physical chemistry."

—Raymond Chang, Williams College

"A lively, broad presentation that develops the subject from a logical, modern, microscopic-first perspective."

—Anne B Meyers, University of Rochester

"The great strengths of this text are its novel treatment of such current topics as molecular spectroscopy, electronic structure computations, molecular beam methods and time-resolved measurements of chemical systems."

—John H Frederick University of Nevada, Reno


As the first modern physical chemistry textbook to cover quantum mechanics before thermodynamics and kinetics, this book provides a contemporary approach to the study of physical chemistry. By beginning with quantum chemistry, students will learn the fundamental principles upon which all modern physical chemistry is built. The text includes a special set of "Math Chapters" to review and summarize the mathematical tools required to master the material. Thermodynamics is simultaneously taught from a bulk and microscopic viewpoint that enables the student to understand how bulk properties of materials are related to the properties of individual constituent molecules. This new text includes a variety of modern research topics in physical chemistry as well as hundreds of worked problems and examples.


Target Audience:

Students of chemistry


The Dawn of Quantum Theory • Math Chapter A/Complex Numbers • The Classical Wave Equation • Math Chapter B/Probability and Statistics • The Schrodinger Equation and a Particle In a Box • Math Chapter C/ Vectors • Some Postulates and General Principles of Quantum Mechanics • Math Chapter D/ Spherical Coordinates • The Harmonic Oscillator and the Rigid Rotator: Two Spectroscopic Models • The Hydrogen Atom • Math Chapter E/ Determinants • Approximation Methods • Multielectron Atoms • The Chemical Bond: Diatomic Molecules • Bonding in Polyatomic Molecules • Computational Quantum Chemistry • Math Chapter F/ Matrices • Group Theory: The Exploitation of Symmetry • Molecular Spectroscopy • Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy • Lasers, Laser Spectroscopy, and Photochemistry • Math Chapter G/Numerical Methods • The Properties of Gases • Math Chapter H/Partial Derivatives • The Boltzmann Factor and Partition Functions • Math Chapter I/Series and Limits • 18. Partition Functions and Ideal Gases • The First Law of Thermodynamics • Math Chapter J/ The Binomial Distribution and Stirling's Approximation • Entropy and the Second Law of Thermodynamics • Entropy and the Third Law of Thermodynamics • Helmholtz and Gibbs Energies • Phase Equilibria • Chemical Equilibria • The Kinetic Theory of Gases • Chemical Kinetics I: Rate Laws • Chemical Kinetics II: Reaction Mechanisms • Gas-Phase Reaction Dynamics • Solids and Surface Chemistry • Answers to Numerical Problems • Index.


About the Authors:

Donald McQuarrie received his PhD from the University of Oregon, and is Professor Emeritus from the Department of Chemistry at the University of California, Davis.

John D. Simon became the first George B. Geller Professor of Chemistry at Duke University in 1998. He is currently Chair Chemistry Department at Duke and a faculty member of the Biochemistry, and Ophthalmology Departments of the Duke Medical Center


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