10 Unifying Concepts in Intermolecular and Interparticle Forces

10.1 The Association of Like Molecules or Particles in a Medium

In this second part of the book, we shall be looking at the physical forces between particles and surfaces. While the fundamental forces involved are the same as those already described (i.e., electrostatic, van der Waals, solvation forces), they can manifest themselves in quite different ways and lead to qualitatively new features when acting between large particles or extended surfaces. These differences will be discussed in the next chapter. In this chapter we look at the similarities and see how the ideas developed in Part I also apply to the interactions of macroscopic particles and surfaces. We shall find that, ...

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