Advanced Chemistry: Physical

Physical Chemistry: Thermodynamics, Statistical Mechanics, and Kinetics
with MasteringChemistry®

by Andrew Cooksy

Andrew Cooksy’s clear teaching voice help students connect immediately with the subject matter while defusing some of their initial trepidation about physical chemistry. Through lively narrative and meticulous explanations of mathematical derivations, Physical Chemistry: Thermodynamics, Statistical Mechanics, and Kinetics with MasteringChemistry® engages students while fostering a sincere appreciation for the interrelationship between the theoretical and mathematical reasoning that underlies the study of physical chemistry. The author’s engaging presentation style and careful explanations make even the most sophisticated concepts and mathematical details clear and comprehensible.

ISBN-10: 0321777484 / ISBN-13: 9780321777485

Chapter-Opening Features

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Chapter opening features include a "Visual Roadmap" and "Context: Where Are We Now" to show students where they are relative to other topics, while "Goal: Why Are We Here?" and "Learning Objectives" prepare them for the work ahead.

Use of Color in Equations

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A unique use of color in key equations makes it easier for students to trace mathematical form in the course of a derivation or problem solution.

Step-by-Step Derivations

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Step-by-step derivations are supported by detailed marginal notes explaining each step. This enables students to retrace the math at a leisurely pace, freeing the instructor from explaining each algebraic manipulation during class or office hours.


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Biosketches in each chapter present a brief description and profile of a contemporary scientist or engineer and their current research relating to Physical Chemistry.

Biosketches 2

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Biosketches in each chapter present a brief description and profile of a contemporary scientist or engineer and their current research relating to Physical Chemistry.


  • Flexible organization accommodates the content needs and teaching styles of each semester/quarter sequence.
    • Separation of Quantum Chemistry and Thermodynamics into distinct volumes provides the utmost in flexibility, allowing instructors to lead with their choice of Quantum-first or Thermo-first coverage.
    • For students in need of a review at the start of the term/quarter, Chapter A: "Tools of Math and Physics" summarizes the prerequisite mathematics and physics assumed by the rest of the text. While the text reminds the student of specific equations from basic math and physics as needed, Chapter A underscores the fundamental nature of the course material by presenting at the outset the essential math and physics principles from which we construct chemical theory.
    • In-chapter Sample Calculations focus on inputting values into important equations to convey a sense of reasonable numerical values of derived parameters, expose students to essential unit conversions, and reinforce a basic understanding of the related principles.
    • Simple Word Problems and Examples expose students to connections between a Key Equation and a specific application from chemistry, biochemistry, or chemical engineering.
    • End-of-chapter problems test the student's grasp of chapter material, from a superficial awareness to progressively deeper levels of understanding, often requiring the consolidation of material from preceding chapters. The problems are divided into "Discussion Problems" that require little or no math, and "Quantitative Questions" that test the student's ability to obtain specific results, identifying the relevant concepts then manipulating the corresponding equations and approximations of physical chemistry.
    • Each chapter includes a full-page "Tools of the Trade" section that highlights experimental apparatuses commonly used in research.
    • A comprehensive solutions manual available at no additional cost to students online includes step-by-step worked solutions—written by the author—for all end-of-chapter problems. Unlike most solutions manuals, these unique solution sets emphasize qualitative results at the conclusion of many problems to help students move beyond the math to a deeper understanding of the concepts. Guides to solving more complicated problems with symbolic math software such as Maple and Mathematica are also provided.

Student Tutorial

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MasteringChemistry for Physical Chemistry, a comprehensive online homework and tutorial system, is available for the first time with this text to enhance students’ understanding of complex theory and to build problem-solving skills throughout the course.

Over 460 tutorials help foster understanding of Quantum Chemistry and Thermodynamics while providing opportunities to remediate students’ misunderstandings of general chemistry and mathematics. Numerous end-of-chapter questions with error-specific feedback that help assess student understanding of the concepts and reinforce problem-solving skills.

The Study Area in MasteringChemistry features web-based problems and simulations that require students to generate graphs, answer questions, or write short essays to demonstrate their understanding of the material.

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Table of Contents

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Chapter 8: The First Law: Expansion and Engines

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Chapter 8: The First Law: Expansion and Engines

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