Chemical Principles

Chemical Principles

Eighth Edition  ©2023 Peter Atkins; Loretta Jones; Leroy Laverman; Kelley Young; James Patterson Formats: Digital & Print


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    Peter Atkins

    Peter Atkins is a fellow of Lincoln College in the University of Oxford and the author of about 70 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.

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    Loretta Jones

    Loretta L. Jones is Emeritus Professor of Chemistry at the University of Northern Colorado. She taught general chemistry there for 16 years and at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for 13 years. She earned a BS in honors chemistry from Loyola University, an MS in organic chemistry from the University of Chicago, and a Ph.D. in physical chemistry as well as a D.A. in chemical education from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her physical chemistry research used electron paramagnetic resonance to investigate motion in liquids. Her chemical education research focuses on helping students to understand the molecular basis of chemistry through visualization. In 2001, she chaired the Gordon Research Conference on Visualization in Science and Education. In 2006 she chaired the Chemical Education Division of the American Chemical Society (ACS). She is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the coauthor of award-winning multimedia courseware. In 2012 she received the ACS Award for Achievement in Research in the Teaching and Learning of Chemistry.

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    Leroy Laverman

    Leroy E. Laverman is a teaching professor and holds a split appointment between the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and the College of Creative Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He earned a B.S. in Chemistry from Washington State University and received his Ph.D. from U.C. Santa Barbara where he studied ligand exchange reaction mechanisms in metalloporphyrins. He has been teaching chemistry at UCSB since 2000 and continues to instruct students in general chemistry and upper division laboratory courses.

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    Kelley Young

    Kelley Young is an assistant teaching professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana. She earned her B.S. in Chemistry from Adrian College and earned her Ph.D from Michigan State University where she investigated the fabrication and electrochemical characterization of thin-film semiconductors for solar water oxidation. Kelley has been teaching general chemistry and physical chemistry laboratory since 2015 and is currently the Director of the Mary E. Galvin Science and Engineering Scholars, a program aimed at building community and increasing retention in STEM disciplines.

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    James Patterson

    James E. Patterson is an associate professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Brigham Young University (BYU) in Provo, Utah. He earned a B.S. in Chemistry and M.S. in Analytical Chemistry from BYU and a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Since 2007, he has been teaching courses in general and physical chemistry. His research activities focus on using spectroscopy to understand how materials such as plastics and metals respond at the molecular level to mechanical, thermal, and chemical stress.

Table of Contents

Introduction and orientation
A Matter and energy
B Elements and atoms
C Compounds
D Nomenclature
E Moles and molar masses
F The determination of composition
G Mixtures and solutions
H Chemical equations
I Precipitation Reactions
J Acids and bases
K Redox reactions
L Reaction stoichiometry
M Limiting reactants

Focus 1: Atoms
1A Investigating atoms
1B Quantum theory
1C Wavefunctions and energy levels
1D The hydrogen atom
1E Many-electron atoms
1F Periodicity
Focus 2: Bonds Between Atoms
2A Ionic bonding
2B Covalent bonding
2C Beyond the octet rule
2D The properties of bonds
2E The VSEPR Model
2F Valence-Bond theory
2G Molecular Orbital theory
Focus 3: States of matter
3A The nature of gasses
3B The gas law in action
3C Gases in mixtures and reactions
3D Intermolecular forces
3E Real gasses
3F Liquids
3G Solids
Focus 4: Thermodynamics
4A Internal Energy
4B Work and Heat
4C Enthalpy
4D Thermochemistry
4E Contributions to enthalpy
4F Entropy
4G The molecular interpretation of entropy
4H Absolute entropies
4I Global changes in entropy
4J Gibbs free energy
Focus 5: Equilibrium
5A Vapor pressure
5B Phase Equilibria of one-component systems
5C Phase equilibria in two-component systems
5D Solubility
5E Colligative properties
5F Chemical equilibrium
5G Alternative forms of the equilibrium constant
5H Equilibrium calculations
5I The response of equilibria to changes in conditions

Focus 6: Reactions
6A The nature of acids and bases
6B Autoprotolysis and pH
6C Weak acids and bases
6D The pH of aqueous solutions
6E Polyprotic acids
6F The pH of Very Dilute Solutions
6G Buffers
6H Acid-base titrations
6I Solubility equilibria
6J Precipitation
6K Representing redox reactions
6L Galvanic cells
6M Standard potentials
6N Applications of electrode potentials
6O Electrolysis
Focus 7: Kinetics
7A Reaction rates
7B Integrated rate laws
7C Reaction mechanisms
7D Models of reactions
7E Catalysis
Focus 8: Materials
8A Periodic trends
8B Hydrogen
8C Group 1: The alkali metals
8D Group 2: The alkaline Earth Metals
8E Group 13: The boron family
8F Group 14: The carbon family
8G Group 15: The nitrogen family
8H Group 16: The oxygen family
8I Group 17: The halogens
8J Group 18: The noble gases
8K The d-Block Elements: A Survey
8L Coordination Compounds
8M The Electronic Structure of d-Metal Complexes

Focus 9: Nuclear Chemistry
10A Nuclear decay
10B Radioactivity
10C Nuclear energy
Focus 10: Organic Chemistry
11A Structures of aliphatic hydrocarbons
11B Reactions of aliphatic hydrocarbons
11C Aromatic compounds
11D Common functional groups
11E Polymers and biological macromolecules
Major Techniques (Online Only)
1 Infrared and microwave spectroscopy
2 Ultraviolet and visible spectroscopy
3 X-ray diffraction
4 Chromatography
5 Mass spectrometry
6 Nuclear magnetic resonance
7 Computation

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