Practical Chemical Thermodynamics for Geoscientists


  • Bruce Fegley, Jr., Washington University, Planetary Chemistry Laboratory, St. Louis, MO, USA

Practical Chemical Thermodynamics for Geoscientists covers classical chemical thermodynamics and focuses on applications to practical problems in the geosciences, environmental sciences, and planetary sciences. This book will provide a strong theoretical foundation for students, while also proving beneficial for earth and planetary scientists seeking a review of thermodynamic principles and their application to a specific problem.
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Students and researchers in earth sciences and related fields, including astronomy and physics.


Book information

  • Published: July 2012
  • ISBN: 978-0-12-251100-4


"Bruce Fegley has scripted a comprehensive text in classical phenomenological thermodynamics…The greatest strength of this volume is its attention to the needs of the student. I hope its greatest value will be in drawing a new generation to apply classical thermodynamics in the geosciences with intellectual rigor."--Meteoritics & Planetary Science, 48, 2013
"This book covers thermodynamics from a different angle. Fegley…puts a much stronger emphasis on the effects of pressure or the equilibrium between materials as they occur in the geological or planetary sciences…this focus is demonstrated in the examples and problems discussed in each of the 12 chapters."--CHOICE April 2013

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Definition, Development, and Applications of Thermodynamics
Chapter 2. Important Concepts and Mathematical Methods
Chapter 3. The First Law of Thermodynamics
Chapter 4. Thermal Properties of Pure Substances and Some Applications
Chapter 5. Thermochemistry
Chapter 6. The Second Law of Thermodynamics and Entropy
Chapter 7. Phase Equilibria of Pure Materials
Chapter 8. Equations of State
Chapter 9. The Third Law of Thermodynamics
Chapter 10. Chemical Equilibria
Chapter 11. Solutions
Chapter 12. Phase Equilibria of Binary Systems
1. Thermodynamic properties of inorganic compounds and minerals at 298 K
2. Thermal properties of the elements