Physical Chemistry, Pearson New International Edition (3e) : 9781292022246

Physical Chemistry, Pearson New International Edition (3e)

Engel & Reid
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Engel and Reid’s Physical Chemistry gives students a contemporary and accurate overview of physical chemistry while focusing on basic principles that unite the sub-disciplines of the field. The 3rd Edition continues to emphasise fundamental concepts and presents cutting-edge research developments that demonstrate the vibrancy of physical chemistry today. 

Table of contents
  • 1 Fundamental Concepts of Thermodynamics
  • 2 Heat, Work, Internal Energy, Enthalpy, and the First Law of Thermodynamics
  • 3 The Importance of State Functions: Internal Energy and Enthalpy
  • 4 Thermochemistry
  • 5 Entropy and the Second and Third Laws of Thermodynamics
  • 6 Chemical Equilibrium
  • 7 The Properties of Real Gases
  • 8 Phase Diagrams and the Relative Stability of Solids, Liquids, and Gases
  • 9 Ideal and Real Solutions
  • 10 Electrolyte Solutions
  • 11 Electrochemical Cells, Batteries, and Fuel Cells
  • 12 From Classical to Quantum Mechanics
  • 13 The Schrödinger Equation
  • 14 The Quantum Mechanical Postulates
  • 15 Using Quantum Mechanics on Simple Systems
  • 16 The Particle in the Box and the Real World
  • 17 Commuting and Noncommuting Operators and the Surprising Consequences of Entanglement
  • 18   A Quantum Mechanical Model for the Vibration and Rotation of Molecules
  • 19 The Vibrational and Rotational Spectroscopy of Diatomic Molecules
  • 20 The Hydrogen Atom
  • 21 Many-Electron Atoms
  • 22 Quantum States for Many- Electron Atoms and Atomic Spectroscopy
  • 23 The Chemical Bond in Diatomic Molecules
  • 24 Molecular Structure and Energy Levels for Polyatomic Molecules
  • 25 Electronic Spectroscopy
  • 26 Computational Chemistry
  • 27 Molecular Symmetry
  • 28 Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy
  • 29 Probability
  • 30 The Boltzmann Distribution
  • 31 Ensemble and Molecular Partition Functions
  • 32 Statistical Thermodynamics
  • 33 Kinetic Theory of Gases
  • 34 Transport Phenomena
  • 35 Elementary Chemical Kinetics
New to this edition

  • Updated research applications emphasize the dynamic nature of the field, and demonstrate the relevance of basic principles.
  • NEW! A molecular-level description has been added to the thermodynamics chapters, and oscillating reactions and electron transfer reactions have received greater emphasis.
  • Updated conceptual and numerical problems have been added and revised throughout the Third Edition to increase their effectiveness and clarity.
  • Revised and updated discussions include:
    • Coverage of differential scanning calorimetry (Chapter 4)
    • Discussion of batteries and fuel cells (Chapter 11)
    • Content on the transition state theory (Chapter 32)
    • Discussion of the classical harmonic oscillator and rigid rotor (Chapter 18)
    • Molecular orbital theory is introduced more effectively (Chapter 23)
    • Explanation of doing work and changing the system energy from a molecular level perspective (Chapter 2)
    • Coverage of traveling waves and potential energy barriers (Chapter 16)
    • Inclusion of computational results and a set of new problems working with molecular orbitals (Chapter 24).
  • The art program has been updated and expanded throughout to incorporate contemporary data and engage students visually in the study of Physical Chemistry.

Features & benefits


  • Modern applications are drawn from biology, environmental science, and material science to help give Physical Chemistry immediate relevance to students.  
  • An emphasis on problem solving includes:
    • Numerous Worked Examples and highlighted Key Equations throughout help students understand the math and develop their own problem-solving skills.
    • Concept Questions, Quantitative Problems, and a unique set of problems related to the web-based simulations and animations at the end of each chapter offer students a variety of study and assessment resources.
    • Additional math-development resources available in an Appendix provide a quick reference.
  • Current research is featured throughout along with new developments in the field, such as gap engineering, quantum dots, quantum wells, teleportation, and scanning tunneling microscopy to reflect the vibrancy of the field today.
  • Coverage of Computational Chemistry, including a distinct chapter written by Warren Hehre, transforms the teaching of chemical bonding and molecular structure from qualitative to quantitative.
Author biography
Thomas Engel has taught chemistry for more than 20 years at the University of Washington, where he is currently Professor of Chemistry and Associate Chair for the Undergraduate Program. Professor Engel received his bachelor's and master's degrees in chemistry from the Johns Hopkins University, and his Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Chicago. He then spent 11 years as a researcher in Germany and Switzerland, in which time he received the Dr. rer. nat. habil. degree from the Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich. In 1980, he left the IBM research laboratory in Zurich to become a faculty member at the University of Washington.
Professor Engel's research interests are in the area of surface chemistry, and he has published more than 80 articles and book chapters in this field. He has received the Surface Chemistry or Colloids Award from the American Chemical Society and a Senior Humboldt Research Award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, which has allowed him to establish collaborations with researchers in Germany. He is currently working together with European manufacturers of catalytic converters to improve their performance for diesel engines.

Philip Reid has taught chemistry at the University of Washington since he joined the chemistry faculty in 1995. Professor Reid received his bachelor's degree from the University of Puget Sound in 1986, and his Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of California at Berkeley in 1992. He performed postdoctoral research at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, campus before moving to Washington.
Professor Reid's research interests are in the areas of atmosphere chemistry, condensed-phase reaction dynamics, and nonlinear optical materials. He has published more than 70 articles in these fields. Professor Reid is the recipient of a CAREER award from the National Science Foundation, is a Cottrell Scholar of the Research Corporation, and is a Sloan fellow.