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p. 11. Matter from the insidelocked

  • Peter Atkins


‘Matter from the inside’ shows that one way to understand how a physical chemist thinks and contributes to chemistry is to start at the atom's interior and then travel out into the world of bulk matter. It begins with the electronic structure of atoms, introduces the role of quantum mechanics in accounting for electron arrangement, and outlines Schrödinger's model of s-, p-, d-, and f-orbitals and the Pauli exclusion principle. Physical chemistry accounts for the general structure of the Periodic Table. The radius, ionization energy, and electron affinity properties of atoms are then considered along with ionic and covalent bonds, and the quantum mechanics of bonds, including valence-bond theory and molecular orbital theory.

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