Physical Chemistry for Engineering and Applied Sciences

Frank R. Foulkes

September 12, 2012 by CRC Press
Textbook - 704 Pages - 159 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781466518469 - CAT# K15157


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  • Shows students how to use the theoretical principles and equations developed in the text via a large number of completely worked example problems
  • Provides 500 end-of-chapter problems chosen to be sufficiently interesting to encourage students to want to know the answers
  • Facilitates self-instruction by providing the answers––but not the solutions––of all exercises and problems
  • Includes a very detailed summary at the end of each chapter, and a cross-referenced index that includes examples and problems
  • Describes ionic equilibria with equations derived rigorously using mass balances, charge balances, and equilibrium constant relationships
  • Shows how simplifying assumptions lead to the more familiar simpler forms applicable in most (but not all!) cases
  • Discusses ionic reaction rates, the basis for many industrial and biological processes
  • Reviews basic integrals and logarithms for readers who need a calculus refresher in detailed and easy-to-understand appendices


Physical Chemistry for Engineering and Applied Sciences is the product of over 30 years of teaching first-year Physical Chemistry as part of the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering at the University of Toronto. Designed to be as rigorous as compatible with a first-year student’s ability to understand, the text presents detailed step-by-step derivations of the equations that permit the student to follow the underlying logic and, of equal importance, to appreciate any simplifying assumptions made or mathematical tricks employed.

In addition to the 600 exercises and end-of-chapter problems, the text is rich in worked non-trivial examples, many of which are designed to be inspiring and thought-provoking. Step-by-step derivation of all equations enables the student to smoothly follow the derivation by sight, and can be understood relatively easily by students with moderate skills and backgrounds in mathematics.

Clear and accessible, Physical Chemistry for Engineering and Applied Sciences includes:

  • The answers to all of the 112 worked examples, 99 exercises following many of the worked examples, and 496 end-of-chapter problems
  • Topics not normally seen in introductory physical chemistry textbooks (ionic reaction rates, activities and activity coefficients) or not regularly explained in much detail (electrochemistry, chemical kinetics), with an eye on industrial applications
  • Special appendices that provide detailed explanations of basic integration and natural logarithms for students lacking a background in integral calculus
  • An in-depth chapter on electrochemistry, in which activities and activity coefficients are used extensively, as required for accurate calculations


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