4th Edition

Principles Characterizing Physical and Chemical Processes

Authors: Jurgen Honig
Hardcover ISBN: 9780124167056
eBook ISBN: 9780124201101
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 9th December 2013
Page Count: 462
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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.

Key Features

  • Clear explanations of abstract theoretical concepts
  • Complete revision and update, including novel formulations not described elsewhere
  • Exhaustive coverage of graphical, numerical, and analytical computational techniques
  • The latest applications in science and engineering


Chemists, chemical engineers, physicists, and graduate-level students in these disciplines

Table of Contents

General Commentary


Chapter 1. Fundamentals


1.1 Introductory Definitions

Remarks and Queries

1.2 The Zeroth Law of Thermodynamics

Additional Information

1.3 Mathematical Apparatus


1.4 Thermodynamic Forces


1.5 Elements of Work

Comment and Queries

1.6 The Element of Work for a System Subjected to Electromagnetic Fields

Remark and Reference

1.7 The First Law of Thermodynamics



1.8 The Second Law of Thermodynamics

Footnotes and Query

1.9 Consequences of the First and Second Laws

Remarks and Questions

1.10 Functions of State; Reprise

Appendix A: Remarks Concerning Irreversible Processes

Appendix B: Time-Dependent Irreversible Processes



1.11 Statements of the Second Law; Thermodynamic Operation of Heat Engines; Kelvin and Planck Statements; Temperature Scale


1.12 Systematization of Results Based on Functions of State

Review of Electronic Properties of Metals

Exercises and Remark

1.13 The Third Law of Thermodynamics

Remarks and Queries

1.14 The Gibbs–Duhem Relation and Its Analogs

Query and Reference

1.15 Heat Capacities; Fundamentals and Applications


Exercises and Comments

1.16 Effect of Chemical Changes on the Energy of a System1


1.17 Stability of a System; Fluctuations



Chapter 2. Thermodynamic Properties of Ideal Systems


2.1 Equilibrium in a System of Several Components and Phases


2.2 Achievement of Equilibrium

Comment and Exercise

2.3 System of One Component and Several Phases; the Clausius–Clapeyron Equation


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About the Author

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