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Elements of Physical Chemistry

Seventh Edition

Peter Atkins and Julio de Paula

Elements of Physical Chemistry has been carefully crafted to help students increase their confidence when using physics and mathematics to answer fundamental questions about the structure of molecules, how chemical reactions take place, and why materials behave the way they do.

Readership : First and second year undergraduates studying physical chemistry as part of a chemistry degree, or a related degree programme such as chemical engineering or natural sciences.


  • "The textbook achieves a successful balance between being clear, direct, and rigorous. The pedagogical style of the text is so compelling that reading it parallels the impression of being in the actual presence of the authors as they teach the class."
    --Dr Lisandro Hernandez de la Peña, Kettering University

  • "This book holds its own against competitors, and the authors make this text stand out by including additional features and roadmaps that are great innovations."
    --Dr William Alexander, The University of Memphis

Focus 1: The properties of gases
Focus 2: The First Law of thermodynamics
Focus 3: The Second Law of thermodynamics
Focus 4: Physical transformations
Focus 5: Chemical Change
Focus 6: Chemical kinetics
Focus 7: Quantum theory
Focus 8: Atomic structure
Focus 9: The chemical bond
Focus 10: Molecular interactions
Focus 11: Molecular spectroscopy
Focus 12: Statistical thermodynamics

Companion Site
For Instructors:
Image Bank
- Figures and tables from the text
Test Bank
- Multiple choice questions
Solutions Manual available for purchase: ISBN 9780198802259

Peter Atkins is a fellow of Lincoln College in the University of Oxford and the author of more than sixty books for students and a general audience. His texts are market leaders around the globe. A frequent lecturer in the United States and throughout the world, he has held visiting professorships in France, Israel, Japan, China, and New Zealand. He was the founding chairman of the Committee on Chemistry Education of the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry and was a member of IUPAC's Physical and Biophysical Chemistry Division.

Julio de Paula is Professor of Chemistry and Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences at Lewis & Clark College. A native of Brazil, Professor de Paula received a B.A. degree in chemistry from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, and a Ph.D. in biophysical chemistry from Yale University. His research activities encompass the areas of molecular spectroscopy, biophysical chemistry, and nanoscience. He has taught courses in general chemistry, physical chemistry, biophysical chemistry, instrumental analysis, and writing.

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Special Features

  • Clear writing style and tightly focused presentation from a best-selling author team make this the ideal introductory text for physical chemistry students.
  • Math support throughout--including toolkit summaries, fully worked examples, annotated equations, and self-test questions-helps students understand the material and gives them confidence when problem solving.
  • Impact sections show how the principles developed within chapters are being applied in a variety of modern contexts, including biology and materials science.
  • Chemist's Toolkits feature is used throughout the text to remind students of key mathematical techniques and concepts.
  • Road Maps feature provides a structured summary of equations, showing the relations between expressions and the approximations involved.
  • Over 650 colour illustrations provide visual interpretations of concepts and molecular structures.
  • Frequent self-test questions allow students to check their understanding as they progress through the material, while end-of-focus exercises and problems help to consolidate problem solving skills.
New to this Edition
  • Collect Your Thoughts feature shows students how they might go about approaching a particular problem.
  • Fully updated structure helps improve digestibility and flexibility--the material has been broken down into short Topics which are organized into Focus sections that give an overview of the Topic it covers and shows how they are interrelated.
  • Three questions posed at the beginning of each Topic explain why it is important, what the key idea is, and what the student already needs to know to move forward.
  • New Impact sections online show the application of physical chemistry in a diverse range of modern contexts.
  • Enhanced derivations and worked examples now include more intermediate steps, helping students gain a deeper understanding of the underlying mathematics.