Physical Chemistry

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About Physical Chemistry

  • Journals in this discipline: Journal of Physical Chemistry A
  • Subdiscipline of: Chemistry
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Physical chemistry is the study of macroscopic, atomic, subatomic, and particulate phenomena in chemical systems in terms of laws and concepts of physics. It applies the principles, practices and concepts of physics such as motion, energy, force, time, thermodynamics, quantum chemistry, statistical mechanics and dynamics. Physical chemistry, in contrast to chemical physics, is predominantly (but not always) a macroscopic or supra-molecular science, as the majority of the principles on which physical chemistry was founded, are concepts related to the bulk rather than on molecular/atomic structure alone. For example, chemical equilibrium, and colloids. Some of the relationships that physical chemistry strives to resolve include the effects of: The key concepts of physical chemistry are the ways in which pure physics is applied to chemical problems. One of the key concepts in chemistry is that all chemical compounds can be described as groups of atoms bonded together and chemical reactions can be described as the making and breaking of those bonds. Predicting the properties of chemical compounds from a description of atoms and how they bond is one of the major goals of physical

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