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Physical Chemistry

Physical Chemistry
Author: Robert J. Silbey - Robert A. Alberty - Moungi G. B
ISBN 13: 9780471215042
ISBN 10: 47121504
Edition: 4
Publisher: Wiley
Publication Date: 2004-07-01
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 960
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How does a chemistry text remain a leader in its field for 80 years?

Ever since Physical Chemistry was first published in 1913 (then titled Outlines of Theoretical Chemistry, by Frederick Getman), it has remained a highly effective and relevant learning tool thanks to the efforts of physical chemists from all over the world. Each new edition has benefited from their suggestions and expert advice. The result of this remarkable tradition is now in your hands.

Now revised and updated, this Fourth Edition of  Physical Chemistry by Silbey, Alberty, and Bawendi continues to present exceptionally clear explanations of concepts and methods. The basic theory of chemistry is presented from the viewpoint of academic physical chemists, but detailed discussions of practical applications are integrated throughout. The problems in the book also skillfully blend theory and applications.

Highlights of the Fourth Edition:

  • A total of 170 computer problems appropriate for MATHEMATICATM, MATHCADTM, MATLABTM, or MAPLETM.

  • Increased emphasis on the thermodynamics and kinetics of biochemical reactions, including the denaturation of proteins and nucleic acids.

  • Expanded coverage of the uses of statistical mechanics, nuclear magnetic relaxation, nanoscience, and oscillating chemical reactions.

  • Many new tables and figures throughout the text.


Makes concepts and methods of physical chemistry clear and interesting to students who have had a year of calculus and a year of physics. Material is given in sections on thermodynamics, quantum chemistry, kinetics, and macroscopic and microscopic structures. Learning features include chapter summaries, problems, and computer problems, with selected answers. Computer problems are new to this edition, and require software such as Mathematica or MAPLE. A related change is the use of Mathematica plots in some 50 figures. Mathematical review appendices have been expanded for this edition. Silbey teaches chemistry at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Alberty is professor emeritus at MIT. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)