The Physical Basis of Chemistry - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780127358505, 9781483293684

The Physical Basis of Chemistry

1st Edition

Authors: Warren Warren
eBook ISBN: 9781483293684
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 19th October 1993
Page Count: 168
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Table of Contents

The Tools of the Trade: Mathematical Concepts. Physical Concepts for Chemistry. Introduction to Statistics and Statistical Mechanics. The Kinetic Theory of Gases. Introduction to Quantum Mechanics. Applications of Quantum Mechanics. The Interaction of Radiation with Matter. References and Additional Readings. Chapter Problems. Subject Index. The Tools of the Trade: Mathematical Concepts: Units of Measurement. Trigonometric Functions. Vectors and Directions. Exponentials and Logarithms. Derivatives. Applications of Derivatives. Principles of Integration. Physical Concepts for Chemistry: Newtonian Mechanics. Kinetic and Potential Energy. Collisional Dynamics. Harmonic Motion. Orbital Motion and Angular Momentum. Introduction to Waves. Introduction to Statistics and Statistical Mechanics: The"Random Walk"Problem. The Normal Distribution. Applications of the Normal Distribution in Chemistry and Physics. The Boltzmann Distribution. Applications of Statistics to Kinetics and Thermodynamics. The Kinetic Theory of Gases: Properties of Ideal Gases. The Three-Dimensional Speed Distribution. Relaxing the Assumptions. Diffusion and Effusion. Introduction to Quantum Mechanics: Prelude. Blackbody Radiation-Light as Particles. Heat Capacity and the Photoelectric Effect. Atomic Structure and Spectra-Quantization of Energy. Particles as Waves. The Consequences of wave-Particle Duality. Classical Determinism and Quantum Indeterminacy. Angular Momentum and Quantization of Measurements. Particle-In-A-Box: Quanlitative Results. Applications of Quantum Mechanics: Wavefunctions and Schrodinger's Equation. Particle-In-A-Box: Exact Solution. Schrodinger's Equation for the Hydrogen Atom. Multielectron Atoms and Molecules. The Interaction of Radiation with Matter: The Dynamics of Classical Molecules. Quantum Description of Translation, Rotation, and Vibration. Chemistry and the Origins of Color. Lasers and Stimulated Emission. References and Additional Readings. Chapter Problems. Subject Index.


If the descriptive text youre using for teaching general chemistry seems to lack sufficient mathematics and physics to make the results of its presentation of classical mechanics, molecular structure, and statisticsunderstandable, youre not alone. Written to provide supplemental and mathematically challenging topics for the advanced lower-division undergraduate chemistry course, or the non-major, junior-level physical chemistry course, The Physical Basis of Chemistry will offer your students an opportunity to explore quantum mechanics, the Boltzmann distribution, and spectroscopy in a refreshingly compelling way. Posed and answered are questions concerning everyday phenomena: How can two discharging shotguns and two stereo speakers be used to contrast particles and waves? Why does a collision between one atom of gas and the wall of its container transfer momentum but not much energy? How does a microwave oven work? Why does carbon dioxide production heat the earth? Why are leaves green, water blue, and how do the eyes detect the difference? Unlike other texts on this subject, however, The Physical Basis of Chemistry deals directly with the substance of these questions, avoiding the use of predigested material more appropriate for memorization exercises than for actual concrete learning. The only prerequisite is first-semester calculus, or familiarity withderivatives of one variable.

Key Features

Provides a concise, logical introduction to physical chemistry Features carefully worked-out sample problems at the end of each chapter Includes more detailed and clearly explained coverage of quantum mechanics and statistics than found in other texts Available in an affordable paperback edition Designed specifically as a supplementary text for advanced/honors chemistry courses Uses SI units throughout


Students in advanced/honors, lower-division undergraduate general chemistry courses.


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@qu:Both [Warrens] choice of material and his style and flair of presentation are exceptionally good. @source:--DUDLEY HERSCHBACH, Harvard University @qu:Professor Warren writes clearly and forcefully. His expression is at a high level but it is presented in an inviting manner for students-not condescending and not too cute. @source:--RICHARD N. ZARE, Stanford University @qu:The overall presentation is logical. It builds the way a good textbook should on preparatory material. @source:--EDWARD SAMULSKI, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill @qu:A book such as this is urgently needed and I dont know of anything similar that I could steer my students to. @source:--REGITZE R. VOLD, University of California, San Diego

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Princeton University, New Jersey, U.S.A.