Water is the most abundant liquid on earth and the one of most importance for biological systems. From the theoretical point of view, it poses many difficult challenges to the physical chemist. These difficulties are above and beyond the usual difficulties in the theory of simple fluids. Nevertheless, because of its unique properties and importance, water has been studied more than any other liquid. In this chapter we present some aspects of the theory of liquid water and simple aqueous solutions. More complex systems such as proteins in water will be further discussed in the next chapter.


Virial Coefficient Pair Correlation Function Methane Molecule Hydrogen Bond Energy Gibbs Energy Change 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Arieh Ben-Naim
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  1. 1.Department of Physical ChemistryThe Hebrew University of JerusalemJerusalemIsrael

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