Physical Chemistry for the Chemical Sciences by Raymond Chang and W. Thoman :: Physical Chemistry for the Chemical Sciences is intended for use in a one-year introductory course in physical chemistry that is typically offered at the junior level (the third year in a college or university program). Students in the course will have taken general chemistry and introductory organic chemistry. In writing this book, our aim is to present the standard topics at the appropriate level with emphasis on readability and clarity. While mathematical treatment of many topics is necessary, we have provided a physical picture wherever possible for understanding the concepts. Only the basic skills of differential and integral calculus are required for working with the equations. The limited number of integral equations needed to solve the end-of-chapter problems may be readily accessed from handbooks of chemistry and physics or software such as Mathematica.
The 20 chapters of the text can be divided into three parts. Chapters 1–9 cover
thermodynamics and related subjects. Quantum mechanics and molecular spectroscopy are treated in Chapters 10–14. The last part (Chapters 15–20) describes chemical kinetics, photochemistry, intermolecular forces, solids and liquids, and statistical thermodynamics. We have chosen a traditional ordering of topics, starting with thermodynamics because of the accessibility of the concrete examples and the closeness to everyday experience. For instructors who prefer the “atoms first” or molecular approach, the order can be readily switched between the first two parts without loss of continuity.Within each chapter, we introduce topics, define terms, and provide relevant worked examples, pertinent applications, and experimental details. Many chapters include end-of-chapter appendices, which cover more detailed derivations, background, or explanation than the body of the chapter. Each chapter concludes with a summary of the most important equations introduced within the chapter, an extensive and accessible list of further readings, and many end-of-chapter problems. Answers to the even-numbered numerical problems may be found in the back of the book. The end-of-book appendices provide some review of relevant mathematical concepts, basic physics definitions relevant to chemistry, and thermodynamic data. A glossary enables the student to quickly check definitions. Inside of the front and back covers, we include tables of information that are generally useful throughout the book. The second color (red) enables the student to more easily interpret plots and elaborate diagrams and adds a pleasing look to the book. An accompanying Solutions Manual, written by Helen O. Leung and Mark D. Marshall, provides complete solutions to all of the problems in the text. This supplement contains many useful ideas and insights into problem-solving techniques.