Physical Chemistry 3rd Edition, Kindle Edition
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- File Size : 25228 KB
- Print Length : 1416 pages
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- Publisher : Academic Press; 3rd Edition (May 29, 2008)
- Publication Date : May 29, 2008
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B005H89KGK
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- Best Sellers Rank: #3,501,387 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I am taking an inorganic chemistry class at the same time as this physical chemistry class. Sometimes when I read my inorganic chemistry book, it explains some of the physical chemistry topics better than the physical chemistry book itself. I think that's pretty sad. Or I can go online, and it's often easier to find an online article explaining a concept well, rather than trying to understand the poorly worded explanations in this book.
The only positive thing about this book that I can think of is that it seems to be very inclusive of a wide number of concepts and equations, and could make an okay reference book. However, there are often equations with typos in them. For example, one equation had some variables raised to the 1/2 power. Right beneath that, there was an example using the very same equation with the variables raised to the 3/2 power, not 1/2. Obviously a typo. Just one of many. Up till I had this book, I had always understood, or at least partially understood all the chemistry textbooks I've read. Like the title of this review says, this is honestly the worst chem textbook I've ever had.
How do I begin a review of such a terrible textbook, easily the worst that I have ever read during my college years. First, I want to say that I like physical chemistry a lot, so it is not the subject matter that bothers me. The reviewers before me are right on the money. Everything about this book is sloppy, uninspired, and downright dreadful. Anybody who says that this book is good is either seriously delusional or is a lying sack of s***.
The thing that bothers me most is that Mortimer seems to always choose the most non-intuitive, the most complicated method to explain concepts. For example, when he explains the Second Law, he talks in some detail about Pfaffian forms, as if the students are expected to understand that level of mathematics. Are you kidding me? Even high-level thermo texts like Denbigh and Callen shy away from that approach.
I eventually borrowed other physical chemisty books from the library and read them instead, and I promptly sold away Mortimer after p-chem was over. I strongly suggest other students who are forced to use this book to do the same. To the instructors: please save students the money of buying this trash.