Principles of Chemical Kinetics - 2nd Edition - ISBN: 9780123567871, 9780080550503

Principles of Chemical Kinetics

2nd Edition

Authors: James House
Hardcover ISBN: 9780123567871
eBook ISBN: 9780080550503
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 30th August 2007
Page Count: 336
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James House's revised Principles of Chemical Kinetics provides a clear and logical description of chemical kinetics in a manner unlike any other book of its kind. Clearly written with detailed derivations, the text allows students to move rapidly from theoretical concepts of rates of reaction to concrete applications. Unlike other texts, House presents a balanced treatment of kinetic reactions in gas, solution, and solid states. The entire text has been revised and includes many new sections and an additional chapter on applications of kinetics. The topics covered include quantitative relationships between molecular structure and chemical activity, organic/inorganic chemistry, biochemical kinetics, surface kinetics and reaction mechanisms. Chapters also include new problems, with answers to selected questions, to test the reader's understanding of each area. A solutions manual with answers to all questions is available for instructors. A useful text for both students and interested readers alike, Dr. House has once again written a comprehensive text simply explaining an otherwise complicated subject.

Key Features

  • Provides an introduction to all the major areas of kinetics and demonstrates the use of these concepts in real life applications
  • Detailed derivations of formula are shown to help students with a limited background in mathematics
  • Presents a balanced treatment of kinetics of reactions in gas phase, solutions and solids
  • Solutions manual available for instructors


Primary audience is 3rd year students in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, does meet the needs of students at a variety of levels in various disciplines and is suitable for self-learners. Physicists, biochemists, pharmacists and researchers interested in reaction kinetics and catalysis will also find the principles and applications relevant to their studies.

Table of Contents

1. Some Fundamental Ideas of Kinetics 1.1 Rates of Reactions
1.2 Dependence on Concentration
1.3 Cautions on Treating Kinetic Data
1.4 Effect of Temperature
1.5 Some Common Reaction Mechanisms
1.6 Catalysis

2. Kinetics of More Complex Systems 2.1 Second-Order Case, First-Order in Two Components
2.2 Third-Order Reactions
2.3 Parallel First-Order Reactions
2.4 Series First-Order Reactions
2.5 Series Reactions with Two Intermediates
2.6 Reversible Reactions
2.7 Autocatalysis
2.8 Effect of Temperature

3. Techniques and Methods 3.1 Calculating Rate Constants
3.2 The Method of Half-Lives
3.3 Initial Rates
3.4 Using Large Excess of a Reactant (Flooding)
3.5 The Logarithmic Method
3.6 Effects of Pressure
3.7 Flow Techniques
3.8 Relaxation Techniques
3.9 Tracer Methods
3.10 Kinetic Isotope Effects

4. Reactions in the Gas Phase 4.1 Collision Theory
4.2 The Potential Energy Surface
4.3 Transition State Theory
4.4 Unimolecular Decomposition of Gases
4.5 Free Radical or Chain Mechanisms
4.6 Adsorption of Gases on Solids
4.7 Catalysis

5. Reactions in Solutions 5.1 The Nature of Liquids (HSIP)
5.2 Effects of Solvent Polarity on Rates
5.3 Ideal Solutions
5.4 Coh


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About the Author

James House

James E. House is Emeritus Professor of Chemistry at Illinois State University, and an Adjunct Professor of Chemistry at Illinois Wesleyan University. He received BS and MA degrees from Southern Illinois University and a PhD from the University of Illinois, Urbana. In his 32 years at Illinois State University, he taught a variety of courses in inorganic and physical chemistry. He has authored almost 150 publications in chemistry journals, many dealing with reactions in solid materials, as well as books on chemical kinetics, quantum mechanics, and inorganic chemistry. He was elected Professor of the Year in 2011 by the student body at Illinois Wesleyan University.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor Emeritus, Illinois State University, Normal, IL, USA