So, one day, Aakash comes to me and says,”I want to strengthen physical chemistry…give me a problem sheet having problems related to the important topics.” I replied, “There is an amazing collection of problems in R C Mukerjee. Practice it and tell me if you have any doubt”
From then on, Aakash made a habit of finishing RCM for every chapter. Although the book doesn’t contain a collection of challenging problems, he found them helpful for providing a good start in a chapter. I think the above paragraph was enough to make you understand that RCM is useful. However, go through the review below to understand its actual worth !
RC Mukerjee has been considered as one of the best Physical Chemistry books for JEE exam preparation, when it comes to collection of numerical problems. ‘Modern Approach to Chemical Calculations’, as it is named, has a good number of problem for practice.
Here is the link to buy it : R.C. Mukerjee – Physical Chemistry
The question is, can we rely on this book in the changing pattern of these years of JEE?
Note – All the discussion here is based on the fact that R C Mukerjee is a problem book (solved and unsolved collection)and not a theory book. So, the review focuses on telling how much the problems of the book will help you gain LEVEL in problem solving for JEE MAIN or ADVANCED.
FIRST SEVEN CHAPTERS – A GREAT COLLECTION
1. Elementary Problems Based on the Definition of Mole: The Mole Concept(Solved problems-38 and Unsolved -45 subjective + 25 objective)
2. Problems Based on Equations: Stoichiometry (Solved – 39 and Unsolved – 34 subjective + 12 objective )
3. Eudiometry (Solved – 22 and Unsolved – 30 subjective)
4. Atomic Weight (Solved – 15 and Unsolved – 17 subjective)
5. Molecular Weight (Solved – 18 and Unsolved – 13 )
6. Chemical Equivalence (Solved – 23 and Unsolved – 24 subjective questions)
7. Volumetric Calculations
All these chapters are extremely good for building concepts-there simply isn’t any collection like this.
So what level can someone achieve if one practices all the problems of these chapters? The level you get is more than that required for JEE advanced.
But… the bad news is that jee has stopped asking questions from these chapters ..so giving more than a bit of time would be a complete wastage.
The good news is – sheets of your coaching institute are not strictly required if you practice these chapters from this book
8. Electrolysis and Electrolytic Conductance
What level you can achieve if you practice all the problems of this chapter? Answer is – Below JEE(Advanced) level because conductometric titration questions are missing from the book.
Good news – you can catch all the basics and more than JEE Main level in this topic (this topic is actually 40% of entire “electrochemistry” )
9. Estimation of Elements in Organic Compounds
It’s a mini chapter based on application of POAC…Good for building basics. You should be able to complete it in just half an hour. It has weightage for Main, not for Advanced.
10. Empirical, Molecular and Structural Formulae
Sufficient to give you JEE(Advanced level) but the bad news is that JEE(Advanced) is not asking questions from this topic for several years. However, it may be useful for JEE-Main.
11. Atomic Structure and Radioactivity
This complete chapter keeps you below JEE(Advanced) level and you will have to practice a tougher book that RCM for this chapter in the very least.
THE TOUGHEST SEVEN CHAPTERS OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY
12. Properties of Gases —> It has a toughness less somewhere between JEE-Main and JEE-Advanced.
13. Dilute Solution and Colligative Properties
14. Chemical Thermodynamics
15. Chemical Equilibrium
16. Ionic Equilibrium in Aqueous Solutions
17. Chemical Kinetics
18. Electromotive Force
After properties of gases, all the chapters are not good enough to give you JEE Advanced level. Many students are afraid of chapters like Ionic Equilibrium, Thermodynamics and Electrochemistry. A reason for this is the amount of course that these chapters span. Ans as such, it can be a daunting task at times. Moreover, I found that RCM is not sufficient for these chapters and an upgrade is needed. However, they are good enough to give you a firm foundation, atleast for scring good in JEE-Main/AIPMT/Board Examinations.
LAST TWO CHAPTERS –
19. Oxidation Number And Balancing Redox Reactions
This is a very GOOD COLLECTION. Practice this chapter to gain command over balancing of redox reaction. However, keep in mind that JEE ADVANCED doesn’t ask questions directly from balancing, so again try not to give a large chunk of your time. I guess, two sitting of 45 minues each should suffice.
20. SOLID AND LIQUID STATES – Again, good for JEE-Main but not for JEE ADVANCED.
IN THE END you can see the collection of 639 subjective an 409 objective questions.just after that log tables and atomic weight of elements is provided. A CURIOUS QUESTION WOULD BE : WHAT IS THE USE OF THIS COLLECTION ??
THE COLLECTION MIGHT HAVE BEEN MUCH USEFUL HAD IT BEEN A SET OF ENTIRELY NEW PROBLEMS -AT LEAST 15% PROBLEMS ARE OF PREVIOUS YEARS JEE. AND NEW PROBLEMS ARE AGAIN NOT OF MUCH DIFFICULTY. THAT IMPLIES THAT THIS QUESTION BANK AT THE END OF THE BOOK IS HELPFUL FOR JEE MAIN AND NEET/AIPMT.
Another question is – Only a little bit of theory is covered at the starting of chapters- is it useful ? It is just a SUMMARY OF CONCEPTS IN THE respective CHAPTER and may be used as short notes.
Q : IS IT A GOOD BOOK for NEET ?
ANS : Yes ! The book is a must buy for NEET and medical aspirants. They should first master the solved problem section and then using concepts developed they should attempt the unsolved problems of the exercise. Mastering physical chemistry for NEET should be easy from this book 🙂
Q: WHAT ABOUT AIIMS ? Is the level of book sufficient for AIIMS ?
ANS : Of course! The book gives you a level equivalent to AIIMS. Most of the AIIMS aspirant have ALREADY used it in the last 20 years for strengthening their concepts of physical chemistry.
Q: What is the final verdict ? Should we use it for JEE MAIN and ADVANCED or not ?
ANS : This book is a good collection of solved and unsolved problems in physical chemistry, and is extremely helpful for self studies and very useful additional practice.
Hope that clears your questions. Now, make your call as to whether you wanna buy it or not…
All the best,
Mohit Ryan & Aakash Kapoor