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Physical Chemistry: A Modern Introduction, Second Edition 2nd Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-1439810774
ISBN-10: 143981077X
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This text offers a unique, streamlined approach built around understanding physical chemistry phenomena at the molecular level. Coverage is organized around behavior rather than the historical order of discovery or the artificial ordering of "laws." The book develops a global awareness of core principles and practices as opposed to an itemized glimpse of seemingly unrelated issues. The text promotes retention of physical chemistry essentials needed by the students of all physical sciences. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Key Benefit: This book offers a unique, streamlined and contemporary approach to physical chemistry that promotes greater retention of essentials. It downplays examples and models that are considered traditional yet hold little educational value. Key Topics: Dykstra strives to develop a global awareness of essential principles and practices, rather than an itemized understanding of seemingly unrelated issues. Coverage is organized around behavior—rather than the historical order of discovery or the artificial ordering of laws—and unified by its molecular view of each topic. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 519 pages
  • Publisher: CRC Press; 2 edition (December 6, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 143981077X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439810774
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.2 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,069,770 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
Dr. Dykstra's book is a very concise textbook that must be read carefully because you can miss important points if you're not careful. If studying with Dr. Dykstra, this is the best book to use as it reinforces his teaching style and content very well. I only used this book for quantum mechanics, but found it easier to understand than the other three textbooks that I used for reference. I have no recommendation for it, good or bad, in regards to the thermodynamics areas as I did not have it available while studying that aspect of physical chemistry.
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Format: Hardcover
This is the only physical chemistry text I have read, so perhaps I am not the best qualified person to comment on it, but I didn't have any great affinity for this book. It seemed to me to gloss over some more important details and did not explain some things very well. I heard somebody touting it for its brevity, but perhaps it would have been better if a bit longer--with more detail and perhaps more examples. Well, that's my two cents...
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Format: Hardcover
This book is by no means a complete, advanced textbook in physical chemistry. It is however a good introduction for students in an undergraduate program for chemistry, chemical engineering, and biology. There are many good chapters in the book that lays out some modern applications along with the fundamentals of physical chemistry that make this book very readable and a good starter before tackling more advanced classics.
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