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Physical Chemistry

Statistical Mechanics

Horia Metiu
Publication Date:
February 21, 2006
Content Details:
318 pages

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  • About the Book

    Book Summary

    This is a new undergraduate textbook on physical chemistry by Horia Metiu published as four separate paperback volumes. These four volumes on physical chemistry combine a clear and thorough presentation of the theoretical and mathematical aspects of the subject with examples and applications drawn from current industrial and academic research. By using the computer to solve problems that include actual experimental data, the author is able to cover the subject matter at a practical level. The books closely integrate the theoretical chemistry being taught with industrial and laboratory practice. This approach enables the student to compare theoretical projections with experimental results, thereby providing a realistic grounding for future practicing chemists and engineers. Each volume of Physical Chemistry includes Mathematica® and Mathcad® Workbooks on CD-ROM.

    Metiu's four separate volumes-Thermodynamics, Statistical Mechanics, Kinetics, and Quantum Mechanics-offer built-in flexibility by allowing the subject to be covered in any order.These textbooks can be used to teach physical chemistry without a computer, but the experience is enriched substantially for those students who do learn how to read and write Mathematica® or Mathcad® programs. A TI-89 scientific calculator can be used to solve most of the exercises and problems.

    ® Mathematica is a registered trademark of Wolfram Research, Inc.
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    • Pedagogical approach; oversimplifications are removed, realistic examples are used, and extensive comparisons between experiments and theory are provided.
    • Mathematica and Mathcad Workbooks on CD-ROM accompany each volume.
    • Clear presentation and comprehensive coverage of topics.
    • Built-in flexibility; the four separate volumes allow the subject to be covered in any order.
    • The topical coverage is determined by the needs of the practical chemist.
    • Original voice: Horia Metiu covers the subject matter with a fresh narrative style.


      "Metiu’s four-volume text is an ambitious attempt to present the traditional, core areas of physical chemistry in a fresh way, using modern symbolic manipulation programs to perform many of the derivations and calculations. The endeavor deserves to succeed. I anticipate that the work will come to be seen as a yardstick against which other mainstream physical chemistry texts will be judged." - Chemistry World

      "The scheme adopted by Metiu allows individual areas of physical chemistry to be treated in greater detail than would otherwise be possible... The work is overall to be welcomed, representing as it does an approach to the teaching of physical chemistry that in some respects differs radically from the customary one." - Prof. Ian R. McDonald, University of Cambridge, UK (review for Molecular Physics journal)

      "I anticipate that the work will come to be seen as a yardstick against which other mainstream physical chemistry texts will be judged." - Prof. Mike Ashford, University of Bristol, UK (review for Chemistry World)

      "Horia Metiu has created a significant set of volumes on undergraduate physical chemistry. The integration of Mathematica and Mathcad workbooks into the four texts provides instructors with an attractive new option in teaching. Metiua's writing style is folksy and the graphics minimal, a refreshing approach¦.Taken as a whole, the four volumes on physical chemistry by Metiu are impressive, particularly Thermodynamics and Quantum Mechanics¦.Without a doubt, the four textbooks provide essential materials of great utility to physical chemistry instructors. The bottom line is that the set of four volumes is a must have-a keeper- as a novel resource or invaluable classroom tool." - Journal of Chemical Education, February 2008, Vol. 85, No. 2, p. 206

  • Contents

    1. The Fundamental Equations of Statistical Mechanics
    2. The Physical Interpretation of the Fundamental Equations of Statistical Mechanics
    3. Interpretation of the Thermodynamic Quantities
    4. The Partition Function of a System of Independent Particles
    5. The Partition Function of an Ideal Gas of Atoms
    6. The Thermodynamic Functions of an Ideal Gas of Atoms
    7. The Thermodynamic Properties of an Ideal Gas for which Electronic and Nuclear Contributions are Negligible
    8. A Test of the Theory for a Gas for which Electronic and Nuclear Degrees of Freedom Matter
    9. The Statistical Mechanics of a Gas of Diatomic Molecules
    10. A Gas of Diatomic Molecules: Comparison with Experiment
    11. Chemical Equilibrium
    12. Transition State Theory: The Physical Content
    13. Transition State Theory: The Motion of an Adsorbed Atom
    14. Transition State Theory: The Rate Constant
    15. Transition State Theory: Calculating the Rate Constant
  • Student Resources

    Student Resources

    Workbooks using Mathematics and Mathcad.

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    Chapter 13: Transition State Theory: The Motion of a Chemisorbed Atom Along The Surface