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  • Paperback: 960 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 6th Revised edition edition (31 Jan 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0198501013
  • ISBN-13: 978-0198501015
  • Product Dimensions: 27.4 x 22.1 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
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....an excellent undergraduate textbook. |s New Scientist (Inside Science), No. 79, February 1995 |d 22/04/1996 |p From the fifth edition: -- New Scientist (Inside Science), No. 79, February 1995

I am still the proud owner of a first edition of Physical Chemistry, which I bought in 1979 just after it was first published, in the third year of my chemistry course...I believe this book achieves a good balance between coverage and detail while still retaining a reasonable size...invaluable guide to physical chemistry both for teachers and students. If you are only going to own one physical chemistry textbook then this has to be one./Jeremy G. Frey/Education in Chemistry May 1999. -- Jeremy G. Frey/Education in Chemistry May 1999

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 11 Feb 2002
Format: Paperback
A very good, comprehensive book, covers all of the subject matter for physical chemistry in a degree course. This edition is better than the previous editions as it doesn't consentrate on the maths as heavily, making it more understandable for those of us that find the maths harder. I would recommend this book to anyone doing a chemistry degree, it should be the only physical chemistry book you need.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Io on 20 Jun 2007
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Let's start with saying that the authors pull no mathematical punches. They assume a fair amount of maths and use it throughout, and not in the watered-down fashion, so often seen.

Optically, the book is a gem, and the authors have gone to great pains to use all the tricks at the modern printer's disposal.

Despite being, perhaps, somewhat heavy going if you lack the prerequisites, they manage to clarify almost anything for the reader willing to spend the effort.

One amazing thing is, that one does not require a stiff background in chemistry itself. Possible stumbling blocks lie in the maths, and the autors are extremely generous with worked examples and justifications.

A very useful feature is that the reader can cover one of two tracks, the traditional approach and the molecular approach in either order he or she chooses. The molecular approach doesn't start until chapter 8, but if you wish, you can jump in right there and hardly feel a loss not having read the previous seven. (It is heartily recommended that you do anyway -the classical approach is a beautiful subject in its own right.)

So, Mr. Atkins and Mr. de Paula, continue improving your shining work, if you can come up with ways to do so. As the book is now, I imagine new ideas are getting hard to come by, but if someone buys just one book on physical chemistry, this should be it.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By F. Ghaffur on 18 July 2007
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This book is excellent for chemistry undergrads and postgrads. It is quite a hard read and you need to pick out the small part that you need to know about because it is written in detail. However the small details you select from this book aid your overall understanding of physical chemistry and is very helpfull. I think this book is written to a level which is higher than a chemistry degree. I used this book in my first year at university as an chemistry undergrad and found it extremly helpful. It is one of the core texts required for chemistry students at the university of manchester. If i found this book helpful so can you
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By W. May on 4 Jan 2009
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I like this textbook - it goes in to quite some depth, answering questions that other authorive tomes I've read won't touch. But I would recomend reading the apendices (particularly the one about mathematics), otherwise you are liable top get lost as certain points.

I quite liked the way that it can be read as both a traditonal physical chemistry textbook and a molecular physical chemistry textbook - and the flow charts ploting each course.

Overall, better (by that I mean less boring) that expected.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 6 Mar 1999
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Atkins' "Physical Chemistry" is one of the most useful and informative textbooks that I have ever come across, in any field. It deals with even the most complicated topics in physical chemistry with excellent style, and with elegance. This is quite simply the standard reference.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bruce on 29 Dec 2009
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I took a Chemistry unit in my first year at university. It was recommended that we buy this particular textbook.

It would seem to me that this book covers a great range of subjects, but goes into very little detail on each one. There was far more detail in the lectures which just wasn't in this textbook.

For a first year course, only very few of the book's sections were actually needed. Unless you are taking Chemistry after your first year, I'd suggest using the library to borrow books that cover the level of detail that you are being taught.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 27 Sep 1999
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This book is the bible as far as Physical Chemistry is concerned. It is written in such a way that even the most difficult subjects are easy to understand. Thanks for an excellent book
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 8 Nov 2003
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I totally agree with the review givig by another reader!
Most people find Physical chemistry quite tough. Although I don't promise this book will solve all their problems, but it aint a bad start!
But this book is simply the defacto undergraduate text in Physical chemistry.
Pretty much everything in one book!
During my time as a student, almost all the lecturers follow the content covered in the Atkins book.
Provides all the information and goes as far as including the mathematical derviations of the all principles in the book.
If you are serious about physical chemistry, you have to buy this book! Don't waste your money on his inorganic chemistry book, but I think this book is a must and will last the whole duration of a 4 year european chemistry degree course.
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