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Introduction to Atmospheric Chemistry [Hardcover]

Daniel Jacob
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December 21, 1999 0691001855 978-0691001852 0

Atmospheric chemistry is one of the fastest growing fields in the earth sciences. Until now, however, there has been no book designed to help students capture the essence of the subject in a brief course of study. Daniel Jacob, a leading researcher and teacher in the field, addresses that problem by presenting the first textbook on atmospheric chemistry for a one-semester course. Based on the approach he developed in his class at Harvard, Jacob introduces students in clear and concise chapters to the fundamentals as well as the latest ideas and findings in the field.

Jacob's aim is to show students how to use basic principles of physics and chemistry to describe a complex system such as the atmosphere. He also seeks to give students an overview of the current state of research and the work that led to this point. Jacob begins with atmospheric structure, design of simple models, atmospheric transport, and the continuity equation, and continues with geochemical cycles, the greenhouse effect, aerosols, stratospheric ozone, the oxidizing power of the atmosphere, smog, and acid rain. Each chapter concludes with a problem set based on recent scientific literature. This is a novel approach to problem-set writing, and one that successfully introduces students to the prevailing issues.

This is a major contribution to a growing area of study and will be welcomed enthusiastically by students and teachers alike.

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"The book is well suited to support students in introductory courses and provides a sound physical basis for more advanced work."--Choice

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"I can actually imagine a rigorous and challenging undergraduate course making it through this whole text in one semester, which is not the case for its competitors. The problem sets are excellent . . . truly unique."--Hiram Levy, Princeton University

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press (December 21, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0691001855
  • ISBN-13: 978-0691001852
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 6.3 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #622,748 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent addition to the field January 10, 2000
I used Prof. Jacob's pre-press web edition of this book to teach 20+ bachelor's students Atmospheric Chemistry at the University of Copenhagen during the fall of 1999. I have found it difficult to find an appropriate introductory level text for this class, and have usually been borrowing material for the class from four or five other books. The book is well written and a pleasure to read, but the real treat are the problems at the end of each chapter. Jacob has scoured the literature and illustrates important points in each chapter using recent advances in the field. The students and their instructor learned a great deal from the author's insightful choice of topics. The book reflects the author's perspective of the field, and is longer on atmospheric physics and shorter on chemistry than the title implies. I would have liked more information on aerosols, and the students definitely would have liked more introductory material on chemistry. Overall I would recommend this book to professionals interested in learning more about global warming or ozone depletion, and to teachers looking for a good book for bachelors or new graduate students.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars good introduction May 20, 2001
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I took Prof. Jacob's undergraduate class in atmospheric chemistry at Harvard. Not surprisingly, this was the book we used. Overall it is well written and a good introduction to the field, and is relatively inexpensive for a textbook.
As the other reviewer pointed out, the exercises are very good. Occasionally the book saves critical issues for the exercises which depending on your point of view could be a weakness. Also, some of the chapters are lacking in depth: the book is adopted from his lecture notes and indeed it often reads as a set of notes and is brief and terse in some parts.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great for what it's for October 14, 2010
By Brian
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This book is a great introductory text to the complex feild of the atmosphere. The author does a wonderful job of simplifying the material to an undergraduate level, yet without being too overly simplistic - a good balance that works!
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2.0 out of 5 stars disappointing May 24, 2012
By g
Well, if you have nothing better to do, you can read this book. However, if your looking for content, strong writing, and substantial material from either chemical or meteorological perspectives, take your money and your time elsewhere. The book is not much more than bare bones lectures, and uninspiring ones at that. Having worked, studied and taught in atmospheric science, I expected more. Overall a disappointing text. Quality on the delivery and shipping from Amazon though.
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5.0 out of 5 stars good November 10, 2006
Very good. i received the book at right time.

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