Principles Characterizing Physical and Chemical Processes

2nd Edition - June 7, 1999

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  • Editor: J. Honig
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080542829

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This book provides a concise overview of thermodynamics, and is written in a manner which makes the difficult subject matter understandable. Thermodynamics is systematic in its presentation and covers many subjects that are generally not dealt with in competing books such as: Carathéodory's approach to the Second Law, the general theory of phase transitions, the origin of phase diagrams, the treatment of matter subjected to a variety of external fields, and the subject of irreversible thermodynamics.The book provides a first-principles, postulational, self-contained description of physical and chemical processes. Designed both as a textbook and as a monograph, the book stresses the fundamental principles, the logical development of the subject matter, and the applications in a variety of disciplines. This revised edition is based on teaching experience in the classroom, and incorporates many exercises in varying degrees of sophistication. The stress laid on a didactic, logical presentation, and on the relation between theory and experiment should provide a reader with a more intuitive understanding of the basic principles.Graduate students and professional chemists in physical chemistry and inorganic chemistry, as well as graduate students and professionals in physics who wish to acquire a more sophisticated overview of thermodynamics and related subject matter will find this book extremely helpful.

Key Features

  • Takes the reader through various steps to understanding
  • Review of fundamentals
  • Development of subject matter
  • Applications in a variety of disciplines


Chemists (particularly physical chemists) and physicists

Table of Contents

  • Fundamentals
    Equilibrium in Ideal Systems
    Characterization of Nonideal Systems
    Thermodynamics Properties of Electrolytes
    Thermodynamics Properties of Systems in External Fields
    Irreversible Thermodynamics
    A Final Speculation About Ultimate Temperatures - The Fourth Law of Thermodynamics

Product details

  • No. of pages: 608
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 1999
  • Published: June 7, 1999
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080542829

About the Editor

J. Honig

J.M. Honig has been Group Leader at MIT Lincoln Laboratory and is currently Professor of Chemistry at Purdue University. He is the author of over 320 journal papers. Some of Honig’s recent honors include the Wetherill Medal, honorary membership in the Materials Research Society of India, membership on a committee to select the most distinguished Spanish scientist in the field of solid state chemistry, Editor of the Journal of Solid State Chemistry, member of International Advisory Committee for a Workshop on High Temperature Superconductors and Novel Inorganic Materials in Moscow 1998, member of the Foundation for Intellectual Collaboration of St. Petersburg, Russia, and Fellow of the New York Academy of Sciences.

Affiliations and Expertise

Purdue University, West Lafayette, U.S.A.

About the Author

Jurgen Honig

Jurgen Honig
Prof. Honig received a BS degree from Amherst College in 1945 and a PhD degree from the University of Minnesota in 1952. After a postdoctoral appointment year at the James Forrestal Center of Princeton University in 1953, he joined the Department of Chemistry at Purdue University in 1953, and was promoted to Associate Professor in 1958. From 1959-1967, Prof. Honig was Associate Group leader and Group leader at the MIT Lincoln Laboratory in Lexington, MA. He returned as Professor of Chemistry to Purdue University in 1967 and retired from that position in 2000. During the latter years, he was Editor of the Journal of Solid State Chemistry (1982-2000), the Chairman of the Materials Sciences Council (1968-1982), and published over 420 refereed publications and five books.

Prof. Honig has earned an honorary degree from the University of Science and Technology (2009, Krakow, Poland; fellow of the New York Academy of Sciences; Wetherill medal (1995); Editor, Journal of Solid State Chemistry (1982- 2000); Honorary Member, Materials Research Society of India; two issues of the Journal of Solid State Chemistry (1990 and 2000) and an issue of Solid State Sciences (2000) dedicated to him; and a session at a Materials Research Society meeting (2000) held in honor of his retirement.

Affiliations and Expertise

Department of Chemistry, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, USA

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