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Physical Chemistry [Hardcover]

Ira Levine
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May 9, 2008 0072538627 978-0072538625 6
Ira N. Levine's sixth edition of Physical Chemistry provides students with an in-depth fundamental treatment of physical chemistry. At the same time, the treatment is made easy to follow by giving full step-by-step derivations, clear explanations and by avoiding advanced mathematics unfamiliar to students. Necessary math and physics have thorough review sections. Worked examples are followed by a practice exercise.

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  • Hardcover: 1008 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Science/Engineering/Math; 6 edition (May 9, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0072538627
  • ISBN-13: 978-0072538625
  • Product Dimensions: 1.7 x 8.3 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #227,878 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good introduction to physical chemistry July 22, 2007
Format:Hardcover
A previous reviewer stated that physical chemistry is complicated. As a retired NASA researcher with 44 years experience specializing in physical chemistry I readily acknowledge that physical chemistry can be a very challenging subject. But, personally, I have also found it to be immensely fascinating and rewarding. There are several good textbooks on physical chemistry but, in my opinion, none is better than this one. Levine has done a very good job of presenting the material contained in an understandable fashion without compromising scientific rigor.

An earlier reviewer stated that this book is full of inaccuracies, but I strongly disagree with this statement. One example of an alleged inaccuracy which this reviewer cited is Levine`s statement that, at the velocity of light, photons have mass. This is a true statement; photons do indeed have both mass and momentum and thus can cause pressure on objects they strike. I beg you not to be biased against this outstanding book by this flawed review.

The topic of physical chemistry -- in which chemistry, physics, and mathematics overlap and interact -- clearly does not appeal to everyone. Even many chemists shun the rigors of physical chemistry as much as possible. But for those studying this important subject, I highly recommend this book. And some of you may even come to love this fascinating subject as I do.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! - The Other reviewers don't lie at all! November 17, 2000
Format:Hardcover
I hear that there is a new edition... I know that it'll be just as good... Dr. Levine really presents everything in a very clear, well organized fashion... I particularly enjoy the entire section that deals with Stat. Mechanics towards the end... I must admit that the QM section is also brilliant... I think that last thing that really helps this book is the section that deals with Kinetic Molecular Theory, which is very sparsely dealt with in Atkins... I have to say that using this as a primary textbook and Atkins as a secondary textbook really presents all of the subject material. I really hope to met Dr. L someday... Perhaps he can autograph my well worn copy!!
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Real Physical Chemisry, not dumbed down P chem April 9, 2003
Format:Hardcover
Reviewers who rate this book poorly are obviously not physical science or engineering majors. They blame Professor Levine's textbook for their own inability to grasp physical chemistry. Professor Levine's textbook is well organized, starting with first principles. All important topics and results are derived and explained, and Professor Levine points out common mistakes made by students. Chapters end in more advanced topics that one won't appreciate until they are in graduate school. Having used this textbook as an undergraduate gave me a lead over my colleagues in physical chemistry topics. To this day, it is the text I refer to most often when I need to resort to a chemistry reference. Students who can't appreciate the value of this work need to consider purchasing The Illustrated Physical Chemistry for the Life Sciences.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent physical chemistry text I've ever had November 8, 2002
By Gonta
Format:Hardcover
I'm Japanese student learning physical chemistry. This book is for students. The auther write this book truely helupful manner and I can learn thremodynamics with great fun without confusing. And now,I just enter the chapter "kinetic theory of gases" ,this chapter is also written so kindly. If you hope to understand physical chemistry seriously, get this book. This book will be your necessary.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great author and professor! June 5, 1999
Format:Hardcover
Prof. Ira Levine - the author of this text -- teaches at my alma mater, Brooklyn College. When I was an undergraduate, I was fortunate enough to take him for both semesters of Physical Chemistry. I must admit that he is both a wonderful lecturer and a great author. Any serious Physical Chemistry student should consider his textbook, which is clearly, written and well-organized. If you have any questions regarding my experiences with the textbook and/or lectures, feel free to e-mail me.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Real Physical Chemisry, not dumbed down P chem April 9, 2003
Format:Hardcover
Reviewers who rate this book poorly are obviously not physical science or engineering majors. They blame Professor Levine's textbook for their own inability to grasp physical chemistry. Professor Levine's textbook is well organized, starting with first principles. All important topics and results are derived and explained, and Professor Levine points out common mistakes made by students. Chapters end in more advanced topics that one won't appreciate until they are in graduate school. Having used this textbook as an undergraduate gave me a lead over my colleagues in physical chemistry topics. To this day, it is the text I refer to most often when I need to resort to a chemistry reference. Students who can't appreciate the value of this work need to consider purchasing The Illustrated Physical Chemistry for the Life Sciences.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
I thought that this book was very well written but as a person who was learning it for this first time it was extremely difficult to follow. Levine would frequently take pretty simple concepts and make them sound far more complicated than they really are. The reason for this is that he wanted to cover all his bases so that everything he said was utterly 100% correct. I would have liked it if he could simplify it a little more to make it easier to understand and then just say that there is an instance where it isn't true but it isn't covered until grad school. One example is that he makes the distinction between a perfect and ideal gas and then half way through the semester he tells us that they are actually the same thing. I know the logic behind it was to be perfectly rigorous with the way he was laying it out but it ended up just confusing me more. There are many good problems there and his true/false questions are very good at making sure that you know the material.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars moderately helpful
I bought this book as an extra resource in addition to my regular pchem book (engel & reid). I used it a few times, it provided a different point of view. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Nicholas L.
4.0 out of 5 stars This book is what I needed for class
It took quite a while to ship, although the content is not easily understood and the book said it was new but it still had scratches and dents, but it works for a good price.
Published 8 months ago by Michelle P.
5.0 out of 5 stars Physical Chemistry
This textbook is really good. It gives many examples in how to solve problems. It also explains the definitions of for the variables of equations.
Published 9 months ago by Emiliano Jimenez
5.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good condition, no mark
Really fast shipping, very good condition, I am in a rush to get it since the exam is coming.
Very happy with it.
Published 10 months ago by Lucien
3.0 out of 5 stars Tough Book
The book I received was almost as described, it was probably damaged during shipping as the spine was slightly damaged.

The book its self is very tough. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Jared Anthony Trout
5.0 out of 5 stars Textbook just as ordered
My son was happy to pay less for an expensive textbook required for his class. It was exactly the edition needed and he is keeping it for the second class.
Published 18 months ago by W.J.Williams
2.0 out of 5 stars Lacking
I had the displeasure to use this book for two semesters of P-chem. Maybe it is because my professors expected a lot of us mathematically. Read more
Published 18 months ago by C. Drouganis
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it
I took this for a bioengineering class and it was an amazing book. The class's problems were considerably more difficult than the books. Read more
Published 24 months ago by Michael
4.0 out of 5 stars fast shipping
The book arrived much faster than expected but the condition of the book was not exactly new as stated. There was slight damage to the spine and the corners were a little dented. Read more
Published on February 6, 2012 by k
3.0 out of 5 stars Like any other textbook
This is physical chemistry, so it surely is no walk in the park. However, this book has its good chapters, and its poorly-formed ones as well. Good examples are provided, etc... Read more
Published on November 27, 2011 by V.Vasavda
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