The Physical Chemist's Toolbox
Covering the basic concepts and working tools in the physical sciences, this reference is a unique, indispensable guide for students and researchers in chemistry, physics, and related disciplines. Everyone from novices to experienced researchers can turn to this book to find the essential equations, theories, and working tools needed to conduct and interpret contemporary research. Expertly organized, the book.
Summarizes the core theories common to chemistry and physics
Introduces topics and techniques that lay the foundations of instrumentation
Discusses basic as well as advanced instrumentation and experimental methods
Guides readers from crystals to nanoparticles to single molecules
Readers gain access to not only the core concepts of the physical sciences, but also the underlying mathematics. Among the topics addressed are mechanics, special relativity, electricity and magnetism, quantum chemistry, thermodynamics, electrochemistry, symmetry, solid state physics, and electronics. The book also addresses energy and electrical sources, detectors, and algorithms. Moreover, it presents state-of-the-technology instrumentation and techniques needed to conduct successful experiments.
Each chapter includes problems and exercises ranging from easy to difficult to help readers master core concepts and put them into practice. References lead to more specialized texts so that readers can explore individual topics in greater depth.
The Physical Chemist's Toolbox is recommended not only as a general reference, but also as a textbook for two-semester graduate courses in physical and analytical chemistry.
Chapter 1 Introduction: A Physical Chemists’s Toolbox 1
Chapter 2 Particles, Forces, and Mathematical Methods 5
Chapter 3 Quantum Mechanics 121
Chapter 4 Thermodynamics 244
Chapter 5 Statistical Mechanics 284
Chapter 6 Kinetics, Equilibria, and Electrochemistry 335
Chapter 7 Symmetry 387
Chapter 8 Solid-State Physics 443
Chapter 9 Electrical Circuits, Amplifiers, and Computers 503
Chapter 10 Sources, Sensors, and Detection Methods 571
Chapter 11 Instruments 647
Chapter 12 From Crystals to Molecules 781
ROBERT M. METZGER, PhD, is Professor of Chemistry in the Laboratory for Molecular Electronics at the University of Alabama. He is also affiliated with the university's materials science program. Dr. Metzger's research explores molecular electronics, unimolecular organic rectifiers, electrical conductivity in organic crystals, and carbon nanotubes. He has edited four books and published more than 200 scientific articles in leading journals such as Angewandte Chemie, Journal of the American Chemical Society, Nano Letters, and Chemical Reviews.
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