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Practical Chemical Thermodynamics for Geoscientists

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.

Students and researchers in earth sciences and related fields, including astronomy and physics.

Hardbound, 732 Pages

Published: July 2012

Imprint: Academic Press

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


  • 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


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