Physical Chemistry – Peter Atkins – 8th Edition


For Peter Atkins 8th Edition, The Eighth Edition of Atkins’ retains all the hallmarks that made it by far the most widely used textbook for the course, focusing on , the relationship of theory to practice, and the far reaching impact of on other disciplines. With a wealth of new features and content, functional use of color, expanded multimedia, and the option of split volumes, this edition is the most effective yet at showing how is advancing – and helping your advance with it.

Certain texts are considered staple parts of certain topics and Atkin’s Chemistry is without a doubt one of these. It is with good reason that it is on most lecturers’ recommended reading lists and it is well worth a purchase as it is a text that will be your chemistry bible not only throughout your undergrad but later on as well.

The 8th edition (and presumably any later ones as well) also comes with the bonus of an online activation code which gives you access to an e- version of the textbook as well as additional resources. This is invaluable as a university student who studies and lives in very different parts of the country as it saves the hassle of lugging what is a very heavy textbook about. There are a lot of additional features on the e- designed to make note-taking easier though I haven’t used these extensively.

Table of Content


1. The properties of gases
2. The first l
3. The second law
4. Physical transformations of pure substances
5. Simple mixtures
6. Chemical equilibrium


7. Quantum theory: introduction and principles
8. Quantum theory: techniques and applications
9 Atomic structure and atomic spectra
10. Molecular structure
11. Molecular symmetry
12. Molecular spectroscopy 1: rotational and vibrational spectra
13. Molecular spectroscopy 2: electronic transitions
14. Molecular spectroscopy 3 magnetic resonance
15. Statistical thermodynamics 1: the concepts
16. Statistical thermodynamics 2: applications
17. Molecular interactions
18. Materials 1: soft matter
19. Materials 2: solids


20. Molecules in motion
21. The rates of chemical reactions
22. Reaction dynamic
23. Catalysis.

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