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Concise Physical Chemistry

ISBN: 978-1-118-10223-7
378 pages
March 2011
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This book is a physical chemistry textbook that presents the essentials of physical chemistry as a logical sequence from its most modest beginning to contemporary research topics. Many books currently on the market focus on the problem sets with a cursory treatment of the conceptual background and theoretical material, whereas this book is concerned only with the conceptual development of the subject.  Comprised of 19 chapters, the book will address ideal gas laws, real gases, the thermodynamics of simple systems, thermochemistry, entropy and the second law, the Gibbs free energy, equilibrium, statistical approaches to thermodynamics, the phase rule, chemical kinetics, liquids and solids, solution chemistry, conductivity, electrochemical cells, atomic theory, wave mechanics of simple systems, molecular orbital theory, experimental determination of molecular structure, and photochemistry and the theory of chemical kinetics.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Ideal Gas Laws.

1.1 Empirical Gas Laws.

1.2 The Mole.

1.3 Equations of State.

1.4 Dalton's Law.

1.5 The Mole Fraction.

1.6 Extensive and Intensive Variables.

1.7 Graham's Law of Effusion.

1.8 The Maxwell-Boltzmann Distribution.

1.9 A Digression on "Space".

1.10 The Sum-Over-States or Partition Function.

Chapter 2 Real Gases: Empirical Equations.

2.1 The van der Waals Equation.

2.2 The Virial Equation: A Parametric Curve Fit.

2.3 The Compressibility Factor.

2.4 The Critical Temperature.

2.5 Reduced Variables.

2.6 The Law of Corresponding States, Another View.

2.7 Compressibility Factors Calculated From the van der Waals Constants.

2.8 Boyle's Law Plot for an Ideal Gas (lower curve) and for Nitrogen (upper curve).

2.9 Determining the Molecular Weight of a Nonideal Gas.

Chapter 3 The Thermodynamics of Simple Systems.

3.1 Conservation Laws and Exact Differentials.

3.2 Thermodynamic Cycles.

3.3 Line Integrals in General.

3.3 Pythagorean Approximation to the Short Arc of a Curve.

3.4 Thermodynamic States and Systems.

3.5 State Functions.

3.6 Reversible Processes and Path Independence.

3.7 Heat Capacity.

3.8 Energy and Enthalpy.

3.9 The Joule and Joule-Thomson Experiments.

3.10 The Heat Capacity of an Ideal Gas.

3.11 Adiabatic Work.

Chapter 4 Thermochemistry.

4.1 Calorimetry.

4.2 Energies and Enthalpies of Formation.

4.3 Standard States.

4.4 Molecular Enthalpies of Formation.

4.5 Enthalpies of Reaction.

4.6 Group Additivity.

4.7 from Classical Mechanics.

4.8 The Schroedinger Equation.

4.9 Variation of with T.

4.10 Differential Scanning Calorimetry.

Chapter 5 Entropy and the Second Law.

5.1 Entropy.

5.2 Entropy Changes.

5.3 Spontaneous Processes.

5.4 The Third Law.

Chapter 6 The Gibbs Free Energy.

6.1 Combining Enthalpy and Entropy.

6.2 Free Energies of Formation.

6.3 Some Fundamental Thermodynamic Identities.

6.4 The Free Energy of Reaction.

6.5 Pressure Dependence of the Chemical Potential.

6.6 The Temperature dependence of the Free Energy.

Chapter 7 Equilibrium.

7.1 The Equilibrium Constant.

7.2 General Formulation.

7.3 The Extent of Reaction.

7.4 Fugacity and Activity.

7.5 Variation of the Equilibrium Constant with Temperature.

7.6 Computational Thermochemistry.

7.7 Chemical Potential: Nonideal Systems .

7.8 Free Energy and Equilibria in Biochemical Systems.

Chapter 8 A Statistical Approach to Thermodynamics.

8.1 Equilibrium.

8.2 Degeneracy and Equilibrium.

8.3 Gibbs Free Energy and the Partition Function.

8.4 Entropy and Probability.

8.5 The Thermodynamic Functions .

8.6 The Partition Function of a Simple System.

8.7 The Partition Function for Different modes of Motion.

8.8 The Equilibrium Constant: A Statistical Approach.

8.9 Computational Statistical Thermodynamics.

Chapter 9 The Phase Rule.

9.1 Components, Phases, and Degrees of Freedom.

9.2 Coexistance Curves.

9.3 The Clausius-Clapeyron Equation.

9.4 Partial Molar Volume.

9.5 The Gibbs Phase Rule.

9.6 Two Component Phase Diagrams.

9.7 Compound Phase Diagrams.

9.8 Ternary Phase Diagrams.

Chapter 10 Chemical Kinetics.

10.1 First Order Kinetic Rate Laws.

10.2 Second Order Reactions.

10.3 Other Reaction Orders.

10.4 Experimental Determination of the Rate Equation.

10.5 Reaction Mechanisms.

10.6 The Influence of Temperature on Rate.

10.7 Collision Theory.

10.8 Computational Kinetics.

Chapter 11 Liquids and Solids.

11.1 Surface Tension.

11.2 Heat Capacity of Liquids and Solids.

11.3 Viscosity of Liquids.

11.4 Crystals.

11.5 Bravais Lattices.

11.6 Computational Geometries.

11.7 Lattice Energies (Enthalpies).

Chapter 12 Solution Chemistry.

12.1 The Ideal Solution.

12.2 Raoult’s Law.

12.3 A Digression on Concentration Units Real Solutions..

12.4 Real Solutions.

12.5 Henry’s Law.

12.6 Vapor Pressure.

12.7 Boiling Point Elevation.

12.8 Osmotic Presure.

12.9 Colligative Properties.

Chapter 13 Conductivity.

13.1 Electrical Potential.

13.2 Resistivity, Conductivity and Conductance.

13.3 Molar Conductivity.

13.4 Partial Ionization: Weak Electrolytes.

13.5 Ion Mobilities.

13.6 Faraday’s Laws.

13.7 Mobility and Conductance.

13.8 The Hittorf Cell.

13.9 Ion Activities.

Chapter 14 Electrochemical Cells.

14.1 The Daniell Cell.

14.2 Half Cells.

14.3 Half Cell Potentials.

14.4 Cell Diagrams.

14.5 Electrical Work.

14.6 The Nernst Equation.

14.7 Concentration Cells.

14.8 Finding .

14.9 Solubility and Stability Products.

14.10 Mean Ionic Activity Coefficients.

14.11 The Calomel Electrode.

14.12 The Glass electrode.

Chapter 15 Early Atomic Theory: A Summary.

15.1 The Hydrogen Spectrum.

15.2 Early Quantum Theory.

15.3 Molecular Quantum Chemistry.

15.4 The Hartree Independent Electron Method.

Chapter 16 Wave Mechanics of Simple Systems.

16.1 Wave Motion.

16.2 Wave Equations.

16.3 The Schroedinger Equation.

16.4 Quantum Mechanical Systems.

16.5 The Particle in a One Dimensional Box.

16.6 The Particle in a Cubic Box.

16.7 The Hydrogen Atom.

16.8 Breaking Degeneracy.

16.9 Orthogonality and Overlap.

16.10 Many Electron Atomic Systems.

Chapter 17 The Variational Method: Atoms.

17.1 More on The Variational Method.

17.2 The Secular Determinant.

17.3 A Variational Treatment for the Hydrogen Atom: The Energy Spectrum .

17.4 Helium.

17.5 Spin.

17.6 Bosons and Fermions.

17.7 Slater Determinants.

17.8 The Aufbau Principle.

17.9 The SCF Energies of First Row Atoms and Ions.

17.10 Slater-Type Orbitals STO.

17.11 Spin-Orbit Coupling.

Chapter 18 Experimental Determination of Molecular Structure.

18.1 The Harmonic Oscillator.

18.2 The Hooke’s Law Potential Well.

18.3 Diatomic Molecules.

18.4 The Quantum Rigid Rotor.

18.5 Microwave Spectroscopy: Bond strength and Bond Length.

18.6 Electronic Spectra.

18.7 Dipole Moments.

18.8 Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR).

18.9 Electron Spin Resonance.

Chapter 19 Part A Classical Molecular Modeling.

19.1 Enthalpy: Additive Methods.

19.2 Bond Enthalpies.

19.3 Structure.

19.4 Geometry and Enthalpy: Molecular Mechanics .

19.5 Molecular Modeling.

19.6 The gui.

19.7 Finding Thermodynamic Properties.

19.8 The Outside World.

19.9 Transition States.

Chapter 20. Quantum Molecular Modeling.

20.1 The Molecular Variational Method.

20.2 The Hydrogen Molecule Ion.

20.3 Higher Molecular Orbital Calculations .

20.4 Semiempirical Methods.

20.5 Ab Initio Methods.

20.6 The Gaussian Basis Set.

20.7 Stored Parameters.

20.8 Molecular Orbitals.

20.9 Methane.

20.10 Split Valence Basis Sets.

20.11 Polarized Basis Functions.

20.12 Heteroatoms: Oxygen.

20.13 Finding of Methanol.

20.14 Further Basis Set Improvements.

20.15 Post Hartree-Fock Calculations.

20.16 Perturbation.

20.17 Combined or Scripted Methods.

20.18 Density Functional Theory (DFT).

Chapter 21 Photochemistry and the Theory of Chemical Kinetics.

21.1 Einstein’s Law.

21.2 Quantum Yields.

21.3 Bond Dissociation Energies (BDE).

21.4 Isodesmic Reactions.

21.5 The Eyring Theory of Reaction Rates.

21.6 The Potential Energy Surface.

21.7 Steady State Pseudo Equilibrium.

21.8 Entropies of Activation.

21.9 The Structure of the Activated Complex.

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Author Information

Donald W. Rogers is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Long Island University. He is the author of six books and received his PhD from the University of North Carolina.

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The Wiley Advantage

  • the first concise presentation of physical chemistry as a logical sequence from its most modest beginning in the gas laws and thermodynamics through solution chemistry to contemporary research topics such as electrochemical cells, computational kinetics, and photochemistry
  • Introduces the reader to physical chemistry interfaced with high-power computational methods that are discussed in detail
  • Contains worked examples throughtout the text and 189 problems 
  • Solutions manual available to professors upon request
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"Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through professionals." (Choice, 1 November 2011)
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