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Physical Chemistry, 2nd Edition

  • David W. Ball
  • ISBN-10: 1133958435
  • ISBN-13: 9781133958437
  • 880 Pages | Hardcover
  • Previous Editions: 2003
  • COPYRIGHT: 2015 Published
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About the Product

With its easy-to-read approach and focus on core topics, PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY, 2e provides a concise, yet thorough examination of calculus-based physical chemistry. The Second Edition, designed as a learning tool for students who want to learn physical chemistry in a functional and relevant way, follows a traditional organization and now features an increased focus on thermochemistry, as well as new problems, new two-column examples, and a dynamic new four-color design. Written by a dedicated chemical educator and researcher, the text also includes a review of calculus applications as applied to physical chemistry.


  • Chapter 9, "Pre-Quantum Mechanics," a unique preview to Quantum Mechanics, allows students to develop a better understanding of the importance, conclusions, and necessity of the subject by putting the state of classical science into a historical context.

  • The text covers the core concepts of physical chemistry in great detail, foregoing coverage of topics rarely covered in an undergraduate physical chemistry course.

  • A large number of worked examples with varying degrees of difficulty are integrated throughout the text to promote students' understanding of concepts and the development of chemical problem-solving skills, Written in a two-column format, many of these examples now have further explanation and commentary.

  • Although there are some mathematical derivations among the exercises, most exercises have been created with an emphasis on asking students to use the concepts, rather than just derive them. Because of the text's emphasis on understanding physical chemistry concepts, many examples are conceptual in nature. An equal emphasis is placed on both units and numbers in examples and subsequent exercises and problems.

  • End-of-chapter exercises and problems vary in complexity and difficulty, allowing instructors a broader range to choose from.

  • Over 1,000 end-of-chapter exercises and problems provide students with ample opportunity to practice text concepts and test their mastery of the material.

About the Author

David W. Ball

David W. Ball is Professor of Chemistry at Cleveland State University. His research interests include computational chemistry of new high energy materials, matrix isolation spectroscopy, and various topics in chemical education. He has over 160 publications, equally split between research articles and educational articles, including five books currently in print. He has won recognition for the quality of his teaching, receiving several departmental and college teaching awards as well as the university's Distinguished Faculty Teaching Award in 2002. He has been a contributing editor to "Spectroscopy" magazine since 1994, where he writes "The Baseline" column on fundamental topics in spectroscopy. He is also active in professional service, serving on the Board of Trustees for the Northeastern Ohio Science and Engineering Fair and the Board of Governors of the Cleveland Technical Societies Council. He is also very active in the American Chemical Society, serving the Cleveland Section as chair twice (in 1998 and 2009) and Councilor from 2001 to the present.

Table of Contents

1. Gases and the Zeroth Law of Thermodynamics.
2. The First Law of Thermodynamics.
3. The Second and Third Laws of Thermodynamics.
4. Free Energy and Chemical Potential.
5. Introduction to Chemical Equilibrium.
6. Equilibria in Single-Component Systems.
7. Equilibria in Multiple-Component Systems.
8. Electrochemistry and Ionic Solutions.
9. Pre-Quantum Mechanics.
10. Introduction to Quantum Mechanics.
11. Quantum Mechanics: Model Systems and the Hydrogen Atom.
12. Atoms and Molecules.
13. Introduction to Symmetry in Quantum Mechanics.
14. Rotational and Vibrational Spectroscopy.
15. Introduction to Electronic Spectroscopy and Structure.
16. Introduction to Magnetic Spectroscopy.
17. Statistical Thermodynamics: Introduction.
18. More Statistical Thermodynamics.
19. The Kinetic Theory of Gases.
20. Kinetics.
21. The Solid State: Crystals.
22. Surfaces.
Answers to Selected Exercises.

New to this edition

  • Chapters 1-8 have been completely revised for a better examination of the principles of thermochemistry.
  • Design and art have been upgraded from a static 2-color display to a dynamic 4-color design. This edition’s dynamic, four-color art and photo program fully complements the text and visually reinforces students' conceptual understanding.
  • New two-column in-text examples, where appropriate, provide students with more explanation on how to work problems and apply key concepts.
  • An increased number of end-of-chapter problems provide a wider variety of difficulty.
  • A stronger thermochemistry presence appears throughout the entire book, not just in Chapters 1-8.


All supplements have been updated in coordination with the Main title.
Please see Main title page for new to this edition information.

Instructor Supplements

Student Solutions Manual  (ISBN-10: 1285074785 | ISBN-13: 9781285074788)

The manual consists of completely worked-out solutions to all odd end-of-chapter exercises and problems.

Student Supplements

Student Solutions Manual  (ISBN-10: 1285074785 | ISBN-13: 9781285074788)

Master problem-solving using the detailed solutions in this manual, which contains completely worked-out solutions to all odd end-of-chapter exercises and problems.