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Basic Physical Chemistry for the Atmospheric Sciences


  • 8 b/w illus. 12 tables 162 exercises
  • Page extent: 222 pages
  • Size: 228 x 152 mm
  • Weight: 0.5 kg

Library of Congress

  • Dewey number: 551.51/1
  • Dewey version: 21
  • LC Classification: QC861.2 .H63 2000
  • LC Subject headings:
    • Atmospheric physics
    • Atmospheric chemistry
    • Chemistry, Physical and theoretical

Library of Congress Record


 (ISBN-13: 9780521780834 | ISBN-10: 0521780837)

Revised and updated in 2000, Basic Physical Chemistry for the Atmospheric Sciences provides a clear, concise grounding in the basic chemical principles required for studies of atmospheres, oceans, and earth and planetary systems. Undergraduate and graduate students with little formal training in chemistry can work through the chapters and the numerous exercises within this book before accessing the standard texts in the atmospheric chemistry, geochemistry, and the environmental sciences. The book covers the fundamental concepts of chemical equilibria, chemical thermodynamics, chemical kinetics, solution chemistry, acid and base chemistry, oxidation-reduction reactions, and photochemistry. In a companion volume entitled Introduction to Atmospheric Chemistry (2000, Cambridge University Press) Peter Hobbs provides an introduction to atmospheric chemistry itself, including its applications to air pollution, acid rain, the ozone hole, and climate change. Together these two books provide an ideal introduction to atmospheric chemistry for a variety of disciplines.

• New edition revised and updated • Contains numerous exercises with solutions • This text and Hobbs' other Cambridge University Press book Introduction to Atmospheric Chemistry form ideal companion volumes for a full course in atmospheric science


1. Chemical equilibrium; 2. Chemical thermodynamics; 3. Chemical kinetics; 4. Solution chemistry and aqueous equilibria; 5. Acids and bases; 6. Oxidation-reduction reactions; 7. Photochemistry; Appendices.


'… a highly valuable introduction to concepts of physical chemistry essential to a comprehensive study of atmospheric science … eminently suited for self instruction … very well constructed book … of considerable value in atmospheric science teaching …'. Roy M. Harrison, Journal of Atmospheric Chemistry

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