Thermodynamics in Geochemistry
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Thermodynamics in Geochemistry : The Equilibrium Model

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This textbook outlines the fundamentals required to understand the science of thermodynamics and describes the application of thermodynamics in geochemistry. The work is distinguished by its comprehensive, balanced coverage and its rigorous presentation of geological thermodynamics and geochemistry. The authors bring years of teaching experience to the work, and have attempted to particularly address those areas where other texts on the subject have provided inadequate coverage. A thorough review of the necessary mathematics is presented early on, both as a refresher for those with a background in university calculus, and for the benefit of those coming to the subject for the first time. The text is written for students in advanced undergraduate or graduate level geochemistry as well as for all researchers in this field.show more

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  • Hardback | 608 pages
  • 160.02 x 231.14 x 45.72mm | 997.9g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • numerous line figures and tables
  • 019506464X
  • 9780195064643

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this is a good one and deserves to find it ways into the hands of almost anyone who uses thermodynamics in the field of geochemistry or petrology ... designed to be fairly comprehensive for the student new to thermodynamics, which means that most of the background to the later parts of the book is provided in the first few chapters ... the main strength of this book, apart from its comprehensive nature, is the bias given towards aqueous electrolyte thermodynanics, a topic which has seen significant advances in recent years, and tends to be rather daunting for the newcomer to break into. I would give this book a strong recommendation ... a very good and clear introduction to the more geochemical aspects of the subject in a very readable way. I think it deserves to be a great success. * T.J.B. Holland, Geol. Mag. 131 (4) 1994 * Anderson and Crerar have drawn on their extensive experience in both research on and teaching of the problems of phase equilibria to develop a cohesive treatise with well-explained examples. I imagine it will become the standard text for teaching the basics of thermodynamics ... It will also likely become a classic reference for working scientists. This book strikes a good balance between developing the fundamental concepts and presenting techniques to solve practical problems. I now use Thermodynamics in Geochemistry: The Equilibrium Model because of the clarity of its explanations and its effectiveness in conveying the nature of the grammar of science. * John V. Walther, Northwestern University, Science, Vol. 262, December 1993 * Not another book on thermodynamics? Well, yes, but don't hang up, this is a good one and deserves to find it way into the hands of almost anyone who uses thermodynamics in the field of geochemistry or petrology. I would give this book a strong recommendation ... it does make a very good and clear introduction to the more geochemical aspects of the subject in a very readable way. I think it deserves to be a great success. * T.J.B. Holland, Geological Magazine, Volume 131, Part 4 - 1994 * this book ... provides an innovative, careful, and complete development of the subtleties of thermodynamics that anyone seeking an understanding of phase equilibria in a wide variety of earth processes needs to grasp ... I imagine it will become the standard text for teaching the basics of thermodynamics as well as introducing more advanced models of solution theory ... It will also likely become a classic reference for working scientists. I now use Thermodynamics in Geochemistry: The Equilibrium Model because of the clarity of its explanations and its effectiveness in conveying the nature of the grammar of science. * John V. Walther, Northwestern University, Science, Vol. 262, December 1993 *show more

Table of contents

Introduction ; 1. Mathematical background ; 2. Thermodynamics terms ; 3. The first law of thermodynamics ; 4. The second law of thermodynamics ; 5. Statistical interpretation of entropy ; 6. Properties of simple systems ; 7. Applications to simple systems ; 8. Partial and apparent molar properties ; 9. Ideal solutions ; 10. Fugacity and activity ; 11. Standard states ; 12. The equilibrium constant ; 13. Heterogeneous and open systems ; 14. Solid solutions ; 15. Gaseous solutions ; 16. Aqueous electrolyte solutions ; 17. Redox systems ; 18. Speciation calculationsshow more