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Mathematics for Physical Chemistry Paperback – April 10, 2008

ISBN-13: 000-1891389564 ISBN-10: 1891389564

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  • Paperback: 300 pages
  • Publisher: University Science Books (April 10, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1891389564
  • ISBN-13: 978-1891389566
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 8 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #616,317 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'A few science writers stand out for their ability to explain complex ideas in simple, clear language...McQuarrie's texts fall into [this] category.' - Hugh Cartwright, The Higher Education Academy Physical Sciences Centre; Reviews

About the Author

DONALD A. MCQUARRIE is Professor Emeritus from the Department of Chemistry at the University of California, Davis, USA. As the author of landmark chemistry books and textbooks, Donald McQuarrie's name is synonymous with excellence in chemical education. From his classic text on Statistical Mechanics to his quantum-first tour de force on Physical Chemistry, McQuarrie's best selling textbooks are highly acclaimed by the chemistry community. McQuarrie received his PhD from the University of Oregon, USA.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By PharmBoy on November 27, 2010
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This is a great book to review mathematical concepts that you have already had exposure to. However, this is not the book to use if you have never learned derivatives, integrals, or differential equations. Nevertheless, with dedication, you can review the chapters in this book over and over again until you gain a familiarity with its concepts which are pretty much all you need to know for the field of Physical Chemistry. The writing is superb and you can feel the passion of the author pulsating through the pages.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Andrew on June 12, 2011
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I wanted to rate this a one star, but I didn't, because that was not the books fault. If you are going to take an introductory course to Physical Chemistry and your professor is going to teach from this book, expect to learn nothing, unless your professor is stellar. Mine wasn't. I would definitely suggest this book: [...] also by McQuarrie.

If you want a small book to as a refresher of material you already learned, this book may be sufficient, however, if you are learning this for the first time, like me, you will be in a world of pain. Well, maybe not, but you'll understand. I docked one star because the book simply lacks detailed explanations as to why something is done, as well as skips over vital steps that may not be so obvious. Again, I only took off one star because what's obvious to you may not be obvious to me. Purchase with caution.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sajeewa Pemasinghe on March 15, 2014
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The book is good for quick review of mathematical concepts used in physical chemistry.

Just saying that on page 139 equation (11.18) the general definition of a Hermitian operator is wrong.

What is given in the book is <f(x)|Ag(x)>=<Ag(x)|f(x)>

This should be corrected as <f(x)|Ag(x)>=<Af(x)|g(x)> I know that mistakes do happen. But this wrong definition could mislead someone. So I thought it would be better to point that out.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Audrey on February 19, 2014
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Many of the concepts featured in this book required a secondary resource to explain further. Sample questions were uncomplicated and I feel did not prepare me for the rigor of my course.
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful By D. Kaplan on April 17, 2010
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Got this book because it's the best one for teaching an undergrad math course for physical chemistry, which a colleague and I - fellow mathematician - will be doing in spring 2011. The chemistry students are looking forward to it; asked us to create the course.
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