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Physical Chemistry for the Chemical Sciences Authors: Raymond Chang, John W Thoman, Jr

About this book

Following in the wake of Chang's two other best-selling physical chemistry textbooks, this new title introduces laser spectroscopist Jay Thoman (Williams College) as co-author. This new text has been comprehensively reviewed regarding both level and scope. Targeted to a mainstream physical chemistry course, this text features extensively revised chapters on quantum mechanics and spectroscopy, many new chapter-ending problems, and updated references, while biological topics have been largely relegated to the previous two textbooks. Other topics added include the law of corresponding states, the Joule-Thomson effect, the meaning of entropy, multiple equilibria and coupled reactions, and chemiluminescence and bioluminescence. One way to gauge the level of this new text is that students who have used it will be well prepared for their GRE exams in the subject. Careful pedagogy and clear writing throughout combine to make this an excellent choice for your physical chemistry course. Support materials are available for this title. For more details please contact booksales@rsc.org

"With expanded coverage and more depth, Chang's newest book is now an excellent fit for students on the BS Chemistry track. It will provide them with the rigorous foundations knowledge they need for advanced studies in any sub-disciplines of chemistry, including biochemistry/biophysical chemistry."
-Taina Chao, State University of New York, Purchase

"The most student-friendly P Chem text available."
-Howard Mayne, University of New Hampshire

"I expect this textbook will be high on the list for instructors seeking a thorough, integrated approach to the subject of Physical Chemistry, combined with a clear and conversational writing style." 
-Alan Van Orden, Colorado State University

"The new Chang/Thoman text is very good. I like its approach and it is very easy to read and well organized. In my opinion, this text makes a much better approach to Physical Chemistry than the other texts currently sold."
-Mark Obrovac, Dalhousie University


Book content

  • Introduction and Gas Laws
  • Kinetic Theory of Gases
  • The First Law of Thermodynamics
  • The Second Law of Thermodynamics
  • Gibbs and Helmholtz Energies
  • Nonelectrolyte Solutions
  • Electrolyte Solutions
  • Chemical Equilibrium
  • Electrochemistry
  • Quantum Mechanics
  • Application of Quantum Mechanics to Spectroscopy
  • Electronic Structure of Atoms
  • Molecular Electronic Structure and the Chemical Bond
  • Electronic Spectroscopy and Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy
  • Photochemistry
  • Chemical Kinetics
  • Intermolecular Forces
  • The Solid State
  • The Liquid State
  • Statistical Thermodynamics
  • Appendices
  • Glossary
  • Answers to Even-Numbered Computational Problems
  • Index
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19 Mar 2014
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Author information

Raymond Chang was born in Hong Kong and grew up in Shanghai and Hong Kong, China. He received his BSc degree in chemistry from London University, England and his PhD in physical chemistry from Yale University. After doing postdoctoral research at Washington University and teaching for a year at Hunter College of the City University of New York, he joined the chemistry department at Williams College. Chang has served on the American Chemical Society Examination Committee and the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Committee. He has also served as editor of The Chemical Educator and has authored books on general chemistry and spectroscopy.

Jay Thoman was born and raised in Rochester, New York. He received his BA in chemistry from Williams College and earned his PhD from MIT. After a postdoctoral fellowship with Dave Chandler at the Combustion Research Facility in Livermore California, he returned to Williams College to join the faculty. His research employs laser spectroscopy to investigate the dynamics of small molecules. Working with colleagues, he also studies the chemistry of the local environment. Thoman teaches introductory, physical, and environmental chemistry, a course on the chemistry and physics of cooking, and a January-term course "Glass and Glassblowing". He served for a decade on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) Committee.