Project Details Green Book - Abridged Version

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27 November 2007
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To provide an abridged student version of the 3rd edition of the IUPAC Green Book (Quantities, Units and Symbols in Physical Chemistry) suitable for University teaching, and continuing education in an industrial context. The book will consist of 70 pages plus a full board of references, subject, and symbol indexes. It will be made available both as printed material and via the web together with appropriate tutorial examples and exercises.


The project will create a new version of the 3rd Edition of the Green Book suitable for students and continuing education. The project aims to offer learning support of the typical contents of physical chemistry at the University level by restricting the range of topics covered in the Green Book (3rd Ed), to the main topics that are important for students, i.e. General Chemistry, Thermodynamics, Kinetics, Spectroscopy and Basic Physics. The ‘light’ version will focus on examples of the best practice in the use of terminology, quantities, units and their symbols. To determine the best content suitable for teaching purposes the project will consult with the Committee on Chemistry Education (CCE) and teaching organizations.


Project announcement published in Chem. Int. 30(2), 2008

July 2011 update – A 4-page Concise Summary based on the Green Book is reprinted in the July-Aug 2011 issue of Chemistry International. See pdf preview – download from CI July contents. A laminated version is available from RSC shop online at

July 2019 update – The final book draft was discussed at the 2019 GA and prepared for publication in 2020.


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