The Encyclopedia of Physical Chemistry and Chemical Physics introduces possibly unfamiliar areas, explains important experimental and computational techniques, and describes modern endeavors. The encyclopedia quickly provides the basics, defines the scope of each subdiscipline, and indicates where to go for a more complete and detailed explanation. Particular attention has been paid to symbols and abbreviations to make this a user-friendly encyclopedia. Care has been taken to ensure that the reading level is suitable for the trained chemist or physicist.
The encyclopedia is divided in three major sections:
FUNDAMENTALS: the mechanics of atoms and molecules and their interactions, the macroscopic and statistical description of systems at equilibrium, and the basic ways of treating reacting systems. The contributions in this section assume a somewhat less sophisticated audience than the two subsequent sections. At least a portion of each article inevitably covers material that might also be found in a modern, undergraduate physical chemistry text.
METHODS: the instrumentation and fundamental theory employed in the major spectroscopic techniques, the experimental means for characterizing materials, the instrumentation and basic theory employed in the study of chemical kinetics, and the computational techniques used to predict the static and dynamic properties of materials.
APPLICATIONS: specific topics of current interest and intensive research.
For the practicing physicist or chemist, this encyclopedia is the place to start when confronted with a new problem or when the techniques of an unfamiliar area might be exploited. For a graduate student in chemistry or physics, the encyclopedia gives a synopsis of the basics and an overview of the range of activities in which physical principles are applied to chemical problems. It will lead any of these groups to the salient points of a new field as rapidly as possible and gives pointers as to where to read about the topic in more detail.
Table of Contents
Scientific Advisory Board
List of Contributors
VOLUME 1: FUNDAMENTALS
PART A1: MICROSCOPICS
PART A2: THERMODYNAMICS AND STATISTICAL MECHANICS
PART A3: DYNAMICAL PROCESSES.
VOLUME 2: METHODS
PART B1: DETERMINING MATERIALS AND MOLECULAR PROPERTIES
PART B2: DYNAMIC MEASUREMENTS
PART B3: TECHNIQUES FOR APPLYING THEORY
VOLUME 3: APPLICATIONS
PART C1: MICROSCOPIC SYSTEMS
PART C2: EXTENDED AND MACROSCOPIC SYSTEMS
PART C3: CHEMICAL KINETICS AND DYNAMICS
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