Principles Characterizing Physical and Chemical Processes


  • Jurgen Honig, Department of Chemistry, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, USA

Thermodynamics is a self-contained analysis of physical and chemical processes based on classical thermodynamic principles. Emphasis is placed on the fundamental principles with a combination of theory and practice, demonstrating their application to a variety of disciplines. This edition has been completely revised and updated to include new material and novel formulations, including new formulation and interpretation of The Second Law, discussions of heat vs. work, uniqueness of chemical potential, and construction of functions of state. This book will appeal to graduate students and professional chemists and physicists who wish to acquire a more sophisticated overview of thermodynamics and related subject matter.
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Chemists, chemical engineers, physicists, and graduate-level students in these disciplines


Book information

  • Published: December 2013
  • ISBN: 978-0-12-416705-6

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Fundamentals
Chapter 2. Equilibrium in ideal systems
Chapter 3. Characterization of nonideal solutions
Chapter 4. Thermodynamic properties of electrolytes
Chapter 5. Thermodynamic properties of materials in externally applied fields
Chapter 6. Irreversible thermodynamics
Chapter 7. Critical phenomena
Chapter 8. A final speculation about ultimate temperatures - a fourth law of thermodynamics
Chapter 9. Reprise to the second law. Mathematical proof of Carathéodory's theorem and resulting interpretations