Ideal for one- or two-semester courses that assume elementary knowledge of calculus, This text presents the fundamental concepts of thermodynamics and applies these to problems dealing with properties of materials, phase transformations, chemical reactions, solutions and surfaces. The author utilizes principles of statistical mechanics to illustrate key concepts from a microscopic perspective, as well as develop equations of kinetic theory. The book provides end-of-chapter question and problem sets, some using Mathcad™ and Mathematica™; a useful glossary containing important symbols, definitions, and units; and appendices covering multivariable calculus and valuable numerical methods.
Introduction and Background
Thermodynamics: The Zeroth and First Laws
The Second Law of Thermodynamics
The Third Law and Free Energies
Phase Transformations in Single-Component Systems
Appendix A Multivariable Calculus
Appendix B Numerical Methods
Appendix C Tables of Thermodynamic Data
Appendix D Glossary of Symbols
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- Journal of Chemical Education, Vol. 80, No. 12
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