Elements of Physical Chemistry (7th edition)

ISBN : 9780198727873

Peter Atkins; Julio De Paula
704 ページ
195 x 265 mm



  • Experienced author team renowned for rigorous but accessible explanations of concepts in physical chemistry.
  • Chemist's toolkits present essential background material on mathematics right where and when they are needed.
  • Students are further supported in their learning by the provision of features such as notes on good practice, key concept checklists, and equation labels and annotations.
  • Frequent self-test questions allow students to check their understanding as they progress through the material, while end-of-focus exercises and problems help to consolidate problem solving skills.
  • Over 700 illustrations, many of them new, help to clarify the concepts, especially for visual learners.

New to this Edition:

  • Radically updated structure to help improve digestibility and flexibility; material has been broken down into short 'Topics' which are organised into 'Focus' sections.
  • A new 'collect your thoughts' feature shows students how they might go about approaching a particular problem.
  • Three questions posed at the beginning of each Topic explain why it is important, what the key idea is, and what the student already needs to know.
  • 'Impact' sections, newly available 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.

The ideal course companion, Elements of Physical Chemistry is written specifically with the needs of undergraduate students in mind, and provides extensive mathematical and pedagogical support while remaining concise and accessible.
For the seventh edition of this much-loved text, the material has been reorganized into short Topics, which are grouped into thematic Focus sections to make the text more digestible for students, and more flexible for lecturers to teach from. At the beginning of each topic, three questions are posed, emphasizing why it is important, what the key idea is, and what the student should already know.
Throughout the text, equations are clearly labeled and annotated, and detailed 'justification' boxes are provided to help students understand the crucial mathematics which underpins physical chemistry. Furthermore, Chemist's Toolkits provide succinct reminders of key mathematical techniques exactly where they are needed in the text. Frequent worked examples, in addition to self-test questions and end-of-focus exercises, help students to gain confidence and experience in solving problems. This diverse suite of pedagogical features, alongside an appealing design and layout, make Elements of Physical Chemistry the ideal course text for those studying this core branch of chemistry for the first time.


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
Focus 13: Magnetic resonance
Focus 14: Macromolecules and aggregates
Focus 15: Solids


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

Peter Atkins is a fellow of Lincoln College in 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. 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 and Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences at 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.
Professor David Smith, University of Bristol.

The breaking down of chapters into topics is great, particularly when the book is used for quick reference - Tom Martin, chemistry student at Loughborough University
The style of writing makes the material readily accessible to undergraduates of all levels of chemistry capability. Physical Chemistry is notoriously mathematical in nature and as such any good text on this subject must carry readers of varying ability in mathematics. - Dr Subrayal M Reddy, University of Surrey
There are no other textbooks that serve the purposes of my physical chemistry courses so well. - Dr Peter B Karadakov, University of York
As always the writing style is clear and elegant and the numerical examples are pertinent and helpful. - Dr Mike Lyons, Trinity College Dublin