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Atkins' Physical Chemistry, 7th Ed. Paperback – 13 Dec 2002

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  • Paperback: 1150 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford; Seventh Edition edition (13 Dec. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0198792859
  • ISBN-13: 978-0198792857
  • Product Dimensions: 21.2 x 4.4 x 27.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 238,730 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"the book retains the hallmark of the Atkins' style: authorative and clear" Times Higher Education Supplement, 2003

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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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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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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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I won't deny that this book covers a phenomenal range of topics, but this isn't necessarily a good thing. In so many subjects it just doesn't contain enough material to be useful in preparing for undergraduate exams or workshops. If your lecturers follow this text closely then fine, this will probably be a very sensible buy, but otherwise look elsewhere.
That this is, as another reviewer pointed out, the de facto undergrad physical chemistry text is a problem because there isn't really a widely-available alternative. Lazy lecturers just recommend this book if their course is in physical or physical inorganic chemistry as they seem to assume it will contain everything their students need. Sadly this is rarely the case (in my experience). It may be worth obtaining some of the OUP primers for some of the more specialist topics or trying to find some more specific texts in your university library.
I feel that the mathematics in this book is too advanced. Many of my undergraduate colleagues struggled to understand the derivations and justifications, for example. But I suppose this depends entirely on your mathematical background; I came to university with A-level Pure Maths and had few problems. Those who had only AS Pure (or A-level Pure/Applied) seemed to find the material far more challenging.
In the book's defense, the topics on quantum theory are far more rigorous and thorough than most of the other material covered. If you are on an undergrad chemistry degree you probably won't do that much quantum mechanics though, so (as stated above) you may want to just find a dedicated book in the library.
There are some very clear colour diagrams in this book which can help to augment the text on a few topics (again, particularly the chapters on QM).
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Great textbook which can cover the first two-three years of a core chemistry course, but i imagine more complex literature would be needed for above that level. The personal flaw is just that it presents concepts in the presumption you have a good knowledge of physics, which is problematic if, like me, you didn't take A-level physics. In truth, though, i would think most physical chemistry textbooks are like this, and this is easily one of the best out there.
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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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