Best Reference Books – Physical Chemistry

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We have compiled the list of Top 10 Best Reference Books on Physical Chemistry subject. These books are used by students of top universities, institutes and colleges. Here is the full list of top 10 best books on Physical Chemistry along with reviews.

Kindly note that we have put a lot of effort into researching the best books on Physical Chemistry subject and came out with a recommended list of top 10 best books. The table below contains the Name of these best books, their authors, publishers and an unbiased review of books on "Physical Chemistry" as well as links to the Amazon website to directly purchase these books. As an Amazon Associate, we earn from qualifying purchases, but this does not impact our reviews, comparisons, and listing of these top books; the table serves as a ready reckoner list of these best books.

1. “Physical Chemistry” by P Atkins and J de Paula

“Physical Chemistry” Book Review: The book starts with an introduction to the equilibrium concept. The coloured 3D Graphical images make us understand the subjects easily. Exercises are included to practice the concepts we learned. Topics like atomic structures and spectra, molecular structure and symmetry, statistical thermodynamics, molecules in motion, kinetics, and many more are discussed clearly. This book has a self-test section to test our understanding. The comment feature is used to remind some important notes. This book is recommended for UG students for thermodynamics.

2. “Physical Chemistry” by I N Levine
3. “Physical Chemistry – A Molecular Approach” by D A McQuarrie and J D Simon

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“Physical Chemistry – A Molecular Approach” Book Review: The book begins with Quantum chemistry, which covers the basics to learn the upcoming concepts. Topics like classical wave equation, probability and statistics, Schrodinger equation, Hydrogen atoms, and many more are elaborated. The topics are arranged in a logical order. The text has a lucid font style. Solved examples and exercises(answers provided at bookend) are provided to increase and test our knowledge. Advanced topics like Approximation methods, multielectron atoms, computational quantum chemistry are taken up in detail. This book is suitable for students learning Thermodynamics for Undergraduates.

4. “Physical Chemistry” by David Warren Ball

“Physical Chemistry” Book Review: This book has a blue and black theme with images and 3D graphs to understand the concepts quickly. This book covers topics like Zeroth law, First law, Second, and Third law of thermodynamics, Quantum mechanics, Magnetic spectroscopy, Statistical thermodynamics, and a lot more detailedly. Examples are provided for all the concepts to make us understand the concepts deeply. Additional information is provided on Thermodynamic and nuclear properties as Appendix. Exercises are provided to test our knowledge of the concepts we learned, and the answers are provided at the end of the book. This book is a useful reference to students for calculus-based physical chemistry.

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5. “Physical Chemistry” by Peter Atkins and Julio De Paula

“Physical Chemistry” Book Review: The Book covers topics like molecular interactions, crystallography, Translational motion, solution properties, phase diagrams, and a lot more clearly. This book contains illustrations wherever required to make the reader understand the concepts quickly. This book has a check-list feature at each chapter-end to ensure the reader has gone through all the essential topics. This book has the ‘Chemist’s tool-kit’ section to remind us of important formulae and techniques. This book provides plenty of problems to test our knowledge, which are helpful for exam preparations. This book is suitable for UG students.

6. “Advanced Problems in Physical Chemistry” by Neeraj Kumar

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“Advanced Problems in Physical Chemistry” Book Review: This book has around 4000 MCQs to prepare for the competitive exam. Problems are provided for topics like Mole and Equivalent concepts, Gaseous state, Thermodynamics, Thermochemistry, Electrochemistry, solid-state, Ionic Equilibrium and many more. At the end of every chapter level 1 problem for JEE mains and level 2 problem for JEE advanced and other competitive exams. The problems are asked in a systematic way. High-level problems are included for important topics like Surface chemistry, Atomic structure, Nuclear chemistry, Chemical kinetics are also covered. This book focuses on preparing for competitive exams for Physical chemistry subjects.

7. “Physical Chemistry: A Molecular Approach” by Donald A McQuarrie

“Physical Chemistry: A Molecular Approach” Book Review: The book starts with explaining the basic concepts to help the beginners. Topics like probability and statistics, Approximation methods, computational quantum chemistry, Hydrogen atoms, and many more are elaborated. The concepts are arranged in sequential order. This book has a neat presentation. Advanced topics like multielectron atoms, classical wave equation, Schrodinger equation, are taken up in detail. Exercises are provided with answers provided at the bookend to test our knowledge of the concepts. This book is a useful reference for UG students.

8. “Physical Chemistry” by Ira Levine

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“Physical Chemistry” Book Review: This book provides in-depth coverage on the fundamentals of physical chemistry. Examples and Graphs are provided to understand the concepts quickly. Topics like Material equilibrium, Non Ideal solutions, Electrochemical system, Reaction kinetics, Quantum mechanics, and many more are undoubtedly explained. Exercise problems are included to test our knowledge of the concepts with the answers provided for selected problems at the end of the book. At the end of each chapter, a summary is provided to review the key points of the chapter quickly. Study suggestions are included at chapter-end to prepare for exams. This book is a useful reference for beginners in chemistry.

9. “Physical Chemistry” by Vemulapalli

“Physical Chemistry” Book Review: This book reveals the fundamentals of physical chemistry, and then it offers an in-depth exploration. This text covers topics like basic concepts like equilibrium thermodynamics, quantum chemistry, chemical kinetics, and a lot more. This book provides around 300 worked examples to understand the concepts better. Advanced concepts like statistical thermodynamics and intermolecular forces are taken up in detail. This book contains around 1,200 exercise problems to test our understanding of the topics we learned. This book is a useful reference for Physical Chemistry professionals.

10. “Physical Chemistry” by Atkins

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“Physical Chemistry” Book Review: This book has checklists, with which the reader can review that he/she has completed all the important topics. Images are provided to understand the concepts quickly. Topics like reaction analysis, chemical and ionic equilibrium, thermodynamics, molecular structure, and many more are clearly explained. The mathematical methods are provided in the appendix section to help the students form a non-maths background. Key points to remember are given at each chapter-end. This book will help students to prepare for competitive exams as it provides a good understanding of fundamentals.

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