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Principles of Chemical Kinetics, Second Edition 2nd Edition
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This book has an unacceptable amount of errors (for a 2nd Edition!!), especially in the beginning chapters when it is crucial for the student/reader to understand fundamental concepts. It does a good job of going through mathematical steps when deriving something, but often times the initial concepts it uses for the derivation are flawed and not consistent with previous information given. There are also a lot of relatively minor errors in the practice problems that I am just astounded did not get caught during editing. Overall I would definitely not recommend this book on its own to learn Kinetics; you must use this book in conjunction with more reliable references at the library (to save money!) to really get a good grasp of the concepts.
Even worse, many of the derivations that are presented leave the reader puzzled at why the author seems to selectively and inconsistently applying concepts. Part of the answer may be that the book also contains a sizable number of typographical errors, several of which were found in the problems during the course, usually after hours of puzzling over seemingly insolvable problems.
As far as I'm concerned, anyone who understands the following would be better off moving on to a proper text.
1) When things are in dynamic equilibrium, their forward and backward rates are equivalent.
2) Rate constants in chemical reactions are usually governed by Arrhenius relationships.
3) First order linear differential equations can be solved using integrating factors.
4) When some things happen really fast and other things happen really slow, you can simplify by assuming that the really fast things are in equilibrium all the time. See 3 if this makes things linear and first order, otherwise iterate (this assumption or the equation... you pick).
If you don't understand these things, ponder the question: "Why am I taking a graduate class on Chemical Kinetics?"