Atkins' Physical Chemistry (英語) ペーパーバック – 2009/11/19
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Atkins' Physical Chemistry epitomises the benchmark of achievement for a chemistry degree throughout the world. Its broad coverage, concise explanations, and robust mathematical support are clearly presented in an engaging style to furnish students with a solid foundation in the subject.
In this ninth edition the authors continue to refine their presentation of physical chemistry. The coverage of introductory topics is streamlined, and the addition of a new fundamentals chapter provides students with an overview of key principles on which the subject is based. The text includes increased coverage of computational chemistry and additional contextual examples of materials chemistry throughout, mirroring the current needs of today's students and lecturers.
Mathematics remains an intrinsic yet challenging part of physical chemistry. Extensive mathematical support, including a 'Checklist of key equations' at the end of every chapter, and 'Mathematical background' sections containing worked examples and self-tests, empower students to overcome any barriers to understanding that grasping the mathematical content might present. These features help to ensure the reader can master the subject without a need to sacrifice the rigour and depth of the mathematical content.
The pedagogical framework, which is a hallmark of the authors' writing, has been further strengthened. New 'Key points' provide summaries of the main take-home messages of each section and enable students to gain an overview of the topic before tackling it in depth; 'Brief illustrations' give a concise insight into how a particular mathematical concept is applied in practice, providing students with the opportunity to contextualise their learning.
All these exciting new features and innovations are presented within a refreshed full colour text design, to stimulate and engage students yet further.
The Online Resource Centre contains Living Graphs, illustrations from the book, and web links. An Instructor's Solutions Manual (free to adopters) and a Student's Solutions Manual are also available.
Access to the Physical Chemistry eBook is also included with the purchase of the printed text. Offering enhanced functionality, including notetaking and highlighting, it also includes access to 'Explorations in Physical Chemistry', which contains interactive Excel worksheets and exercises related to the Living Graphs, allowing students to visualise, actively explore and test their understanding of the subject.
In summary this is another very impressive book. The Atkins' Physical chemistry book continues to improve with each successive thanks to the commitment of the authors to make t he book more accessible to its readers and more relevant to modern physical chemistry.商品の説明をすべて表示する
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1) Before reading the chapter, look at the end of the chapter, before and after the problem section for "Further Information" and the Math lesson supplement. You need not understand it off the bat, but be familiar with what is there so that when you're going through the chapter, you can refer back to further information to make sense of the details.
2) Don't expect a perfect walk-through for the math. You need to sit there with the paper and figure out the skipped steps. There are a lot of skipped steps. Some easy algebra, other harder differentials.
3) When reading the units, you need to beware that you will see things like T/K. This doesn't mean Temperature/Kelvin or anything other that you want to make T to be, but rather saying it is temperature expressed in Kelvin. Seems like a silly way to do it, but once you get that it makes some problems easier.
4) If you get the answer manual, It is only for odds and A parts of problems. Evens and B's are in the Purple version of the answer key and that is pain in the butt to find. So I recommend looking up the previous edition to this one (i.e 8th edition solution manual) and using that one. The problems will be found under different sections/numbering but after a little searching you'll find it. The editions don't change much. No surprise there though.
5) Beware, there are questions awkwardly phrased. There is one in the first chapter regarding a tire. I solved it with my Gen Chem knowledge and it turned out to be wrong. As a class, we discussed it with our professor and found that in order to accurately answer the question, we need to define what is a tire- Meaning is it an isolated system, or not?
6) Make sure to review your basic calculus. In particular partial differentials, cross derivatives, and the terminology. By terminology I mean, something like: You have an equation U. Express U as a function of T. Know what that means.
This is a decent book, but DO NOT make the mistake of thinking it will hold your hand and walk you through a nice path of flowers. Take your time with it and do as much problems as you can as far as you can. If you can get your hand on both versions of the answer keys, I recommend doing all the problems with one, and then returning the next day and doing the B problems without the assistance of the answer key.
EDIT: I just remembered a quote I thought you all would enjoy, which I found to be true.
Thermodynamics is a funny subject. The first time you go through it, you don't understand it at all. The second time you go through it, you think you understand it, except for one or two small points. The third time you go through it, you know you don't understand it, but by that time you are so used to it, so it doesn't bother you any more. -Arnold Sommerfeld
Writing aside, the layout of the pages is awful. The columns are interrupted with bright color blocks of examples in an incoherent manner. The equations are strewn about the sections carelessly. The variables are not defined after equations are presented, leaving one to go digging through past chapters and sections to find the meaning of some Greek letter. I have wasted weeks of my life on such endeavors.
The math sections come after the chapter, the questions asked are difficult and don't always get thoroughly discussed in the chapter, the main point of a section is almost always poorly defined. I have written to my professors about how horrid this book is. I feel like it was edited by a team of semi-literate chimpanzees (again, see the attached image if you don't believe me).
Bottom line? This book is a piece of garbage. Buy the book by McQuarrie instead - that is a delight!
I still feel that too many of the theoretical problems are critical concepts and should not have to be proved by the student. I do understand having them prove some, but those should mostly be proved by the author or instructor. Proof at this level should be trivial results that are obvious extensions of fundamental concepts. Outside of that, Atkins is one of the better junior level physical chemistry books. If you need something more advanced, McQuarrie is a much better text for an advanced physical chemistry class.