Reactions: The private life of atoms

Paperback | January 29, 2013

byPeter Atkins

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Peter Atkins captures the heart of chemistry in this book, through an innovative, closely integrated design of images and text, and his characteristically clear, precise, and economical exposition. Explaining the processes involved in chemical reactions, he begins by introducing a 'tool kit'of basic reactions, such as precipitation, corrosion, and catalysis, and concludes by showing how these building blocks are brought together in more complex processes such as photosynthesis, to provide a concise and intellectually rewarding introduction to the private life of atoms.

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Peter Atkins captures the heart of chemistry in this book, through an innovative, closely integrated design of images and text, and his characteristically clear, precise, and economical exposition. Explaining the processes involved in chemical reactions, he begins by introducing a 'tool kit'of basic reactions, such as precipitation, co...

Peter Atkins is Fellow of Lincoln College, University of Oxford. He is the author of almost 60 books, which include the world-renowned textbook Physical Chemistry (published in its ninth edition in November 2009). His other textbooks include Inorganic Chemistry: Chemical Principles and Molecular Quantum Mechanics. He has also written a...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:200 pages, 8.5 × 5.31 × 0.07 inPublished:January 29, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199668809

ISBN - 13:9780199668809

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PrefaceA preliminary comment: waterThe basic tools1. Matter falling out (Precipitation)2. Protons in transit (Neutralization)3. Buring in air (Combustion)4. Back to basics (Reduction)5. Electrons in transit (Redox)6. Forcing change electrically (Electrolysis)7. Electricity from chemistry (Electrochemistry)8. The death of metal (Corrosion)9. Civil partnerships (Lewis acid-base reactions)10. Changing partners (Complex substitution)11. Marriage broking (Catalysis)12. Divorce and reconciliation (Radical recombination)Assembling the workshop13. Stringing along (Radical polymerization)14. Snapping together (Condensation polymerization)15. Sniffing out nuclei (Nucleophilic substitution)16. Sniffing out electrons (Electrophilic substitution)17. Proton accelerators (Acid catalysis)18. Basic instincts (Base catalysis)19. adding up (Addition)20. Taking away (Elimination)21. Carbon footprints (The Wittig reaction)22. Networking opportunities (The Friedel-Crafts reaction)23. Dark matter (Photocromism)24. Irritating atmospheres (Photochemical smog)25. Seeing the light (Vision)26. Green chemistryBuilding for design27. Food for thought (Enzyme control)28. Grand designs (Synthesis)A retrospective: bringing it all togetherGlossaryIndex

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