Physical Chemistry: Quantum Chemistry and Molecular Interactions eBook : 9780133556056

Physical Chemistry: Quantum Chemistry and Molecular Interactions eBook

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Andrew Cooksy’s clear teaching voice help students connect immediately with the subject matter while defusing some of their initial trepidation about physical chemistry. Through lively narrative and meticulous explanations of mathematical derivations, Physical Chemistry: Quantum Chemistry and Molecular Interactions engages students while fostering a sincere appreciation for the interrelationship between the theoretical and mathematical reasoning that underlies the study of physical chemistry. The author’s engaging presentation style and careful explanations make even the most sophisticated concepts and mathematical details clear and comprehensible.  


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Table of contents
  • A Introduction: Tools from Math and Physics
  • A.1 Mathematics
  • A.2 Classical physics
  • I Atomic Structure
  • 1 Classical and Quantum Mechanics
  • 1.1 Introduction to the Text
  • 1.2 The Classical World
  • 1.3 The Quantum World
  • 1.4 One-Electron Atoms
  • 1.5 Merging the Classical and Quantum Worlds
  • 2 The Schrödinger Equation
  • 2.1 Mathematical Tools of Quantum Mechanics
  • 2.2 Fundamental Examples
  • 3 One-Electron Atoms
  • 3.1 Solving the One-Electron Atom Schrödinger Equation
  • 3.2 The One-Electron Atom Orbital Wavefunctions
  • 3.3 Electric Dipole Interactions
  • 3.4 Magnetic Dipole Interactions
  • 4 Many-Electron Atoms
  • 4.1 Many-Electron Spatial Wavefunctions
  • 4.2 Approximate Solution to the Schrodinger Equation
  • 4.3 Spin Wavefunctions and Symmetrization
  • 4.4 Vector Model of the Many-Electron Atom
  • 4.5 Periodicity of the Elements
  • 4.6 Atomic Structure: The Key to Chemistry
  • II Molecular Structure
  • 5 Chemical Bonds
  • 5.1 The Molecular Hamiltonian
  • 5.2 The Molecular Wavefunction
  • 5.3 Covalent Bonds in Polyatomic Molecules
  • 5.4 Non-Covalent Bonds
  • 5.5 Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy
  • 6 Molecular Symmetry
  • 6.1 Group Theory
  • 6.2 Symmetry Representations for Wavefunctions
  • 6.3 Selection Rules
  • 6.4 Selected Applications
  • 7 Electronic States of Molecules
  • 7.1 Molecular Orbital Configurations
  • 7.2 Electronic States
  • 7.3 Computational Methods for Molecules
  • 7.4 Energetic Processes
  • 8 Vibrational States of Molecules
  • 8.1 The Vibrational Schrödinger Equation
  • 8.2 Vibrational Energy Levels in Diatomics
  • 8.3 Vibrations in Polyatomics
  • 8.4 Spectroscopy of Vibrational States
  • 9 Rotational States of Molecules
  • 9.1 Rotations in Diatomics
  • 9.2 Rotations in Polyatomics
  • 9.3 Spectroscopy of Rotational States
  • III Molecular Interactions
  • 10 Intermolecular Forces
  • 10.1 Intermolecular Potential Energy
  • 10.2 Molecular Collisions
  • 11 Nanoscale Chemical Structure
  • 11.1 The Nano Scale
  • 11.2 Clusters
  • 11.3 Macromolecules
  • 12 The Structure of Liquids
  • 12.1 The Qualitative Nature of Liquids
  • 12.2 Weakly Bonded Pure Liquids
  • 12.3 Solvation
  • 13 The Structure of Solids
  • 13.1 Amorphous Solids, Polymers, and Crystals
  • 13.2 Symmetry in Crystals
  • 13.3 Bonding Mechanisms and Properties of Crystals
  • 13.4 Wavefunctions and Energies of Solids


Features & benefits
  • For students in need of a review at the start of the term/quarter, Chapter A: “Tools of Math and Physics” summarises the prerequisite mathematics and physics assumed by the rest of the text. While the text reminds the student of specific equations from basic math and physics as needed, Chapter A underscores the fundamental nature of the course material by presenting at the outset the essential math and physics principles from which we construct chemical theory.
  • Reflective of popular lecture strategies, chapter opening and closing features ground each topic within the larger framework of physical chemistry and help students stay oriented as they deepen their understanding.
    • Opening features including a “Visual Roadmap” and “Context: Where Are We Now” show  readers where they are within the text and relative to other physical chemistry topics.
    • “Goal: Why Are We Here?” and “Learning Objectives” features prepare students for the work ahead and outline the skills students should expect to acquire from their study of the chapter.
    • The concluding “Where Do We Go From Here” section at the end of each chapter reinforces student orientation and illuminates the intrinsic connection between concepts.


      Derivations demystified: Derivations are made transparent and comprehensible to students without sacrifice of mathematical rigor. Coloured annotations provide crucial help to students by explaining important steps in key derivations. Step-by-step derivations are also supported by detailed marginal notes explaining each step enabling students to retrace the math at a leisurely pace and freeing up instructor time in lecture.


  • Thoughtful colour-coding in key equations makes it easier for students to follow the development of complex derivations as well as recognise common mathematical elements that appear in the representation of different physical situations.

    Summaries spell out the essential results of difficult derivations, making it easier to accommodate the needs of different courses, the preferences of different instructors, and the study and review habits of different students.
  • In-chapter Sample Calculations focus on inputting values into important equations, to convey a sense of reasonable numerical values of derived parameters, expose students to essential unit conversions, and reinforce a basic understanding of the related principles.
  • Simple Word Problems and Examples expose students to connections between a Key Equation and a specific application from chemistry, biochemistry, or chemical engineering. .
  • End-of-chapter problems test the student’s grasp of chapter material, from a superficial awareness to progressively deeper levels of understanding, often requiring the consolidation of material from preceding chapters. The problems are divided into “Discussion Problems” that require little or no math, and “Quantitative Questions” that test the student’s ability to obtain specific results identifying the relevant concepts then manipulating the corresponding equations and approximations of physical chemistry.  Exercises draw primarily from fundamental molecular physics and physical organic chemistry, but also incorporate biochemical and chemical engineering applications.
  • Full-page Tools of the Trade sections highlight the design and operation of commonly used experimental apparatuses and how they relate to the principles discussed in the chapter.
  • Biosketches in each chapter present a brief description and profile of a contemporary scientist or engineer and their current research relating to Physical Chemistry.  Subjects reflect a diverse range of applications, locations, and stages of achievement, demonstrating the wealth of opportunity in chemistry, as well as the relevance of physical chemistry to all other subdisciplines in the molecular sciences
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