Thermodynamics : Principles Characterizing Physical and Chemical Processes

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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: Caratheodory'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.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 608 pages
  • 183.4 x 262.1 x 33.5mm | 1,433.22g
  • Academic Press Inc
  • San Diego, United States
  • English
  • 2nd edition
  • 0123550459
  • 9780123550453

Table of contents

Preface. 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. Subject Index.
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About Jurgen M. 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.
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