Physical Chemistry 10ed


  • Author: Peter Atkins , Julio De Paula
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • ISBN-13: 9780198728726
  • Pages: 1008
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Year of Pub / Reprint Year: 2014


About The Book
The exceptional quality of previous editions has been built upon to make the tenth edition of Atkins’ Physical Chemistry even more closely suited to the needs of both lecturers and students. Material within chapters has been radically reorganised into discrete topics, to give the text an inviting modular feel. This restructuring increases the digestibility of the text for students, while making it more flexible for lecturers to teach from.

Table of contents:

Part 1. Thermodynamics
Chapter 1. The properties of gases
Chapter 2. The First Law
Chapter 3. The Second and Third Laws
Chapter 4. Physical transformations of pure substances
Chapter 5. Simple mixtures
Chapter 6. Chemical equilibrium
Part 2. Structure
Chapter 7. Introduction to quantum theory
Chapter 8. The quantum theory of motion
Chapter 9. Atomic structure and spectra
Chapter 10. Molecular structure
Chapter 11. Molecular symmetry
Chapter 12. Rotational and vibrational spectra
Chapter 13. Electronic transitions
Chapter 14. Magnetic resonance
Chapter 15. Statistical thermodynamics
Chapter 16. Molecular interactions
Chapter 17. Macromolecules and self-assembly
Chapter 18. Solids
Part 3. Change
Chapter 19. Molecular motion
Chapter 20. Chemical kinetics
Chapter 21. Reaction dynamics
Chapter 22. Processes on surfaces


Significant re-organisation of the material within each chapter into discrete ‘topics’ makes the text more readable for students and more flexible for instructors to teach from
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 maths support includes new ‘Chemist’s toolkits’ which provide students with succinct reminders of mathematical concepts and techniques
New checklist of key concepts at the end of each topic reinforces the main take-home messages for each section

Peter Atkins Fellow of Lincoln College, University of Oxford
Julio de Paula Professor of Chemistry and Dean of College of Arts & Sciences, Lewis & Clark College