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Chemical Kinetics and Reaction Dynamics (Dover Books on Chemistry)
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Do not get me wrong; the prerequisites for this book are extensive. A good grasp of basic newtonian mechanics, quantum mechanics, spectroscopy, and statistical thermodynamics are musts. But nothing is needed beyond what can be expected from a good, stiff one-year course in physical chemistry.
From the first chapter on the kinetic theory of gases, Houston's focus on the physics - on keeping derivations short and clear, on connecting formulae with sound physical intuition - is striking. It does not lag as the book goes on. Houston continues with a clean exposition of empirical chemical kinetics and how to integrate and/or simplify the resulting differential equations. The grungy business of theoretical kinetics - how to kludge your way to a theoretical gas-phase reaction rate constant - is well treated after that. In the third chapter, Houston delivers an elegant and unified flux-driven treatment of transport phenomena. He gets the basic equations correct up to a numerical factor with a minimum of effort. This is beautiful; I wish chemical engineers would read this before beginning their own transport travails! There are then several chapters on the chemistry of more complicated systems, like solution-phase, solid surface-phase, and photochemical reactions. While I haven't read these, I am sure they are wonderful. The high point, in my opinion, is the final chapter on reaction dynamics. Its ongoing tacit motivation is the question, "How does a hydrogen fluoride laser work?Read more ›
The notation is also confusing--for example, they use primed variables quite a bit (instead of, say, tildes), which to me signifies a derivative quantity. The chapters in general do not do a great job of preparing you for the end-of-chapter problems, which are far more about algebra than kinetics. All in all, did not terribly enjoy learning from this textbook.
The book itself is quite good for an introduction to chemical kinetics.
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Excellent kinetics &reaction dynamics book. The kindle version is also very readable. Next time, I consider buying more kindle books.Published on October 13, 2013 by Yuthana Tantirungrotechai
Book was received quickly and new condition. It is widely used and fairly easy to read even though it is used for a graduate level course in kinetics.Published on January 19, 2013 by M. Arrington
Very theory oriented. A good chemical engineering textbook (i.e., from Prentice Hall) is probably a better choice for more applications oriented content.Published on November 25, 2012 by Gaussling
Good book. If you are a rookie in kinetics, maybe this book is not for you. If so, better look for Fogler's. This book adds more things.Published on February 16, 2012 by sebaccano
It should be go deeper in some areas, but it is a good help anyway and I really enjoy it.Published on December 14, 2011 by fernando rosendo