Atkins' Physical Chemistry (11th edition)

ISBN : 9780198769866

Peter Atkins ; Julio De Paula ; James Keeler
1040 Pages
219 x 276 mm
Pub date
Dec 2017


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  • Highly respected and well-established text which evolves with every edition to meet the needs of current students
  • Exceptional mathematical support - including annotated equations, equation checklists, and chemists toolkit sections - enables students to master the maths that underlies physical chemistry
  • The development of problem solving and analytical skills is actively encouraged by frequent worked examples, self-tests, discussion questions, exercises, and problems
  • A range of other learning features, including brief illustrations and key concept checklists are incorporated throughout to aid students in their study of physical chemistry

New to this Edition:

  • Significant re-working of the books structure improves digestibility and flexibility; material has been broken down into short 'Topics' which are organised into 'Focus' sections
  • 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?
  • Expanded and redistributed support includes new 'chemist's toolkits' which provide students with succinct reminders of mathematical, physical, and chemical concepts and techniques at the point of use
  • An alternative approach to derivation of equations is used to demonstrate the absolute centrality of mathematics to physical chemistry by bringing the reader to the point where progress can be made only by doing some maths. In this new 'How is that done' approach the reader is brought to a question, then the maths is used to show how it can be answered and progress made
  • Checklists of key concepts at the end of each topic reinforce the main take-home messages from the material just covered
  • 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

The exceptional quality of previous editions has been built upon to make this new edition of Atkins' Physical Chemistry even more closely suited to the needs of both lecturers and students. Re-organised into discrete Topics, the text is more flexible to teach from and more readable for students. 

Now in its eleventh edition, the text has been enhanced with additional learning features and maths support to demonstrate the absolute centrality of mathematics to physical chemistry. Increasing the digestibility of the text in this new approach, the reader is brought to a question, then the maths is used to show how it can be answered and progress made. The expanded and redistributed maths support also includes a greatly increased number of 'Chemist's toolkits' which provide students with succinct reminders of mathematical concepts and techniques right where they need them. 

Checklists of key concepts at the end of each Topic add to the extensive learning support provided throughout the book, to reinforce the main take-home messages in each section. 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. 


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 7: Introduction to 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
Focus 14: Molecular interactions
Focus 15: Solids
Focus 16: Liquids
Focus 17: Chemical kinetics
Focus 18: Reaction dynamics
Focus 19: Processes on surface
Resource section: including extended tables of data

About the author: 

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.

James Keeler is Director of Teaching at the Department of Chemistry and Senior Tutor at Selwyn College, University of Cambridge. He is Editor-in-Chief of of the journal Magnetic Resonance in Chemistry, and immediate past-Chairman of the Royal Society of Chemistry's NMR Discussion Group

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