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Physical Chemistry


Horia Metiu
Publication Date:
February 21, 2006
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318 pages

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    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.
    ® Mathcad is a registered trademark of Mathsoft Engineering & Education, Inc.


      • 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. Temperature, Pressure, Molar volume, Equilibrium 
    2. The Equation of State
    3. How to Use the Equation of State
    4. Thermodynamic Transformations
    5. Work
    6. Heat
    7. Reversible and Irreversible Transformations
    8. Path-Dependent and Path-independent Quantities
    9. First and Second Laws
    10. Helmholtz and Gibbs Free Energies
    11. How to Calculate the Change of Entropy in an Equilibrium Transformation
    12. Enthalpy and Energy Change During a Thermodynamic Transformation
    13. Thermochemistry
    14. The Change of Chemical Potential During an Equilibrium Transformation
    15. The Chemical Potential of a Compound in a Mixture
    16. Mixtures: Partial Molar Quantities and Activities
    17. Chemical Equilibrium
    18. Chemical Equilibrium: The Connection Between the Equilibrium Constant and Composition
    19. Chemical Equilibrium: How to Calculate the Equilibrium Constant from Delta G 
    20. Chemical Equilibrium: The Dependence of the Equilibrium Constant on Temperature and Pressure
    21. Chemical Equilibrium of Coupled Reactions
    22 Phase Transitions in One-Component Systems: The Phenomena
    23. Phase Transitions in One-Component Systems: The Equilibrium Conditions
    24. Phase Transitions in One-Component Systems: How to Use the Equilibrium Conditions
    25. Phase Equilibria in Binary Systems: The Phenomena
    26. Equilibrium Conditions for Binary Systems with Two Phases: Application to Vapor-Liquid Equilibrum
    27. Electrolyte Solutions
    28. Electrochemistry: Phenomena
    29. Electrochemistry: Equilibria
    Appendices 1 - 9

  • Student Resources

    Student Resources

    Workbooks using Mathematics and Mathcad.

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    Chapter 2: The Equation of State