"...the book is very good
indeed. It covers just about every topic that a physical chemist is likely to
need. A structural advantage is that its 345 pages are divided into 23 short
chapters: the constraint of brevity entails that focus is maintained on the
essentials, which students will welcome. They will also welcome the numerous
worked examples that occur throughout the text and will recognise in most places
the relevance of the topic to their subject."
--Peter Atkins for The Times Higher Education, 27 November 2008
"Physical chemistry is difficult because of the
mathematics, but impossibly difficult without it...The material [in this book]
is presented at a practical level with an emphasis on applications to physical
problems. Each chapter includes about 30 problems, most illustrating
applications to physical problems."
A wonderful quotation advises students to listen carefully the moment they decide to take no more mathematics courses, as they might be able to "hear the sound of closing doors."
This text, written by best-selling author Donald McQuarrie, is meant to keep doors open to undergraduate and even graduate chemistry students who need a quick review of the mathematical methods that are used throughout chemistry. It is the outgrowth of a collection of "MathChapters" from McQuarrie's famous texts, Physical Chemistry: A Molecular Approach and Quantum Chemistry Second Edition. These “MathChapters,” now available to all, provide students with concise reviews of mathematical topics, discussing only the minimal amount that students need to know. By reading these reviews before the mathematics is applied to physical chemical problems, a student will be able to spend less time worrying about the math and more time learning the physical chemistry. This book can also be used as a supplement with any traditional textbook on physical or quantum chemistry.
on clear, mathematical descriptions, written by a chemist for
23 short chapters, with each one designed to be read in a single sitting.
mathematical material at a practical level with an emphasis on applications
to physical problems.
examples to illustrate the techniques being discussed.
over 600 problems, most of which have answers at the end of the book.
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ISBN 978-1-891389-56-6, 368 pages, Copyright 2008, Soft Cover
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