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Physical Chemistry Essentials


  • An accessible and concise step-by-step introduction to the essentials of physical chemistry for undergraduate students

  • Includes carefully prepared illustrative color images, and numerical exercises and problems and solutions for self-study

  • Offers a rich resource and great support for teaching and learning physical chemistry at undergraduate level


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Andreas Hofmann
    Pages 1-11
  3. Andreas Hofmann
    Pages 13-56
  4. Andreas Hofmann
    Pages 57-103
  5. Andreas Hofmann
    Pages 105-146
  6. Andreas Hofmann
    Pages 147-165
  7. Andreas Hofmann
    Pages 167-227
  8. Andreas Hofmann
    Pages 229-252
  9. Andreas Hofmann
    Pages 253-278
  10. Andreas Hofmann
    Pages 279-297
  11. Andreas Hofmann
    Pages 299-318
  12. Andreas Hofmann
    Pages 319-345
  13. Andreas Hofmann
    Pages 347-356
  14. Andreas Hofmann
    Pages 357-414
  15. Back Matter
    Pages 415-499

About this book


This textbook covers the fundamentals of physical chemistry, explaining the concepts in an accessible way and guiding the readers in a step-by-step manner. The contents are broadly divided into two sections: the classical physico-chemical topics (thermodynamics, kinetics, electrochemistry, transport, and catalysis), and the fabric of matter and its interactions with radiation. Particular care has been taken in the presentation of the algebraic parts of physico-chemical concepts, so that the readers can easily follow the explanations and re-work relevant discussion and derivations with pen and paper. The book is accompanied by a rich mathematical appendix. Each chapter includes a selection of (numerical) exercises and problems, so that students can practice and apply the learned topics. An appendix with solutions allows for controlling the learning success. Carefully prepared illustrative color images make this book a great support for teaching physical chemistry to undergraduate students.
This textbook mainly addresses undergraduate students in life sciences, biochemistry or engineering, offering them a comprehensive and comprehensible introduction for their studies of physical chemistry. It will also appeal to undergraduate chemistry students as an accessible introduction for their physical chemistry studies.


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Eskitis InstituteGriffith UniversityNathanAustralia

About the authors

Andreas Hofmann is the Structural Chemistry Program Leader at Griffith University’s Eskitis Institute and an Honorary Senior Research Fellow at the Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences at the University of Melbourne. He received his Chemistry Diploma from the Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg, and his PhD in natural sciences from the Technical University Munich. Following postdoctoral education at the NIH in Frederick, Maryland, USA, he took up a lectureship in Structural Biochemistry at the University of Edinburgh. In 2006, he accepted the position as Associate Professor at Griffith University. His research focuses on the structure and function of proteins in infectious and neurodegenerative diseases with a special interest in protein crystallography, biophysical methods as well as chemo- and bioinformatics. Among other prizes, he won the EULAR Young Investigator Award in 2004, and holds a Fellowship by the Higher Education Academy (UK). Prof. Hofmann has extensive experience in teaching life science students, mainly in physical and analytical chemistry, spectroscopic and molecular analysis, but also bioinformatics and structural biochemistry. He is course convenor and lecturer on “Physical & Analytical Chemistry” at Griffith University. The present textbook is based on his rich teaching experiences and designed to meet the needs of students interested in an introductory text to physical chemistry.

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“The strengths of the book include its clear organization; brisk pace and clearly articulated instruction; its broad yet thorough coverage of thermodynamics, kinetics, and quantum chemistry; its mathematical appendix; and its use of open source Linux software. … Students may find that it clarifies their primary text, and even a tolerant general reader may be intrigued. Summing Up: Recommended. Undergraduates through graduate students.” (A. E. Viste, Choice, Vol. 56 (5), January, 2019)