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Physical Chemistry: A Molecular Approach

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This book features a new approach to the teaching of undergraduate physical chemistry. It covers all relevant areas, including molecular spectroscopy, electronic structure computations, molecular beam methods and time-resolved measurements of chemical systems.
Hardcover, 1360 pages
Published August 20th 1997 by University Science Books (first published July 1997)
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Harry Haller
Aug 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
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This is arguably the best physical chemistry book out there. The method of presentation and teaching and the high grade quality of the problems are outstanding. This is a great introduction to quantum mechanics and is used in some physics departments as such.

I studied chemistry, but that was a few years ago. I wanted to get back to studying quantum mechanics as pass-time. I still had my Atkins book but didn't care for it much. I checked out some of the newer editions by Atkins and other authors
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Dan Gezelter
Aug 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
I just adopted this book for my junior-level physical chemistry class. It has one of the best introductory treatments of quantum chemistry out there. The statistical mechanics / thermo sections are a bit weaker, however.
Jonathan Zheng
Jun 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
(I only used this for the quantum mechanics section. I have heard this book's treatment of thermodynamics is not quite as good.)
Best textbook I've ever used. Chapters are compact but well-written and logically structured. Content is made interesting. Practice problems and math practice sections are infinitely useful to undergraduates. Highly recommend for one learning physical chemistry / quantum mechanics for the first time.
Elisabeth
May 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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I found this book late in my undergraduate physical chemistry courses and so I only know about chapters 17-30. This book has saved me! Atkins is the traditional book used in my school's physical chemistry courses but for my final term McQuarrie is optional and heavily integrated in to the class. I had enough of Atkins. For me, Atkins is too abrupt! Not enough translation in to the English language. If you are gifted in advanced calculus and physical chemistry, then Atkins seems to work. I'm not ...more
Carlos
Jan 09, 2012 rated it it was ok
Although I found the math chapters to be quite helpful, the other chapters seemed to be a bit verbose and go into areas that were not very relevant to an undergraduate level course. Something I confirmed when I took a graduate level course in Statistical Thermodynamics. I found it interesting that this book seemed to work much better for that graduate level class than for the undergraduate course where I originally encountered it. The fact that McQuarrie puts some of the problems found in this b ...more
Brian Bloom
Jul 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
I took a Pchem 1 and 2 with this book and wasn't a huge fan. But in grad school I find it the best book to go to for reviewing physical chemistry concepts.
Meghan
Jul 07, 2008 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Meghan by: Megan Hilton
"Physical Chemistry is power, it is exactness..."yada yada yada!!!
Jeffrey Sung
Feb 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Clearly designed for a lower level than his Statistical Mechanics or Quantum Chemistry textbooks, this (enormous) textbook goes into much more depth than McQuarrie normally does. The statmech coverage isn't the greatest, but that's because it's intended for undergraduates and obviously he couldn't fit his statmech textbook into a few chapters of this one.
Ryan
Mar 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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I remember taking physical/quantum chemistry back in spring 2015. This book could be considered THE RED BIBLE of physical chemistry. It not only helps you review or learn the math you need at the appropriate times as subjects are introduced, but it clearly walks you through the material very pedagogically. The topics are intrinsically difficult by their nature, but with patience this book could perhaps be useful for self-study outside of a formal class. Though you should have many books and refe ...more
William
Feb 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
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As clear as it is ever likely to be, despite the frequency of statements like "the ten steps from a priori to this point are trivial, and have been omitted."
Jeffrey
Nov 15, 2009 rated it it was ok
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Physical Chemistry...
Ataur Rahman
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This book is very effective
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