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Thermodynamics and Its Applications, 3rd Edition


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  • NEW - Divides material into three major sections—Fundamental Principles—presents the theoretical basis of classical thermodynamics; Thermodynamic Properties—contains an extensive description of how thermodynamic properties are correlated, modeled, manipulated, and estimated; and Applications—explores applications of classical thermodynamics in detail.
  • NEW - Links molecular effects to constitutive property models using the principles of statistical mechanics—Provides in-depth coverage of Constitutive property models for non-ideal fluids including a statistical mechanics basis; van der Waals and McMillan-Mayer theories; Local composition concepts and electrolyte solutions; Volumetric equations of state and activity coefficient models for non-electrolyte mixtures.
  • NEW - Covers the latest constitutive property models used by practicing chemical engineers and chemists.
  • NEW - Contains a new chapter on practical heat engines and power cycles—Emphasizes the use of availability and energy concepts and other processes for assessing performance. Considers other heat-to-work conversions.
  • NEW - Includes a new chapter that treats combined phase and chemical equilibria problems using a robust vectorized approach that is completely general.
  • NEW - Revises coverage of electromagnetic fields.
  • NEW - Uses enhanced graphics in the treatment of the Fundamental Equation to illustrate the geometric features of the USV Gibbs surface.
  • NEW - Contains a better derivation of Legender transformations, and descriptions of other mathematical methods for manipulating thermodynamic properties and their properties.
  • NEW - Offers more example problems and new homework problems.
  • NEW - Revises notation to provide better compatibility with the notation students are familiar with in undergraduate-level texts.
  • Offers a postulatory approach.
  • Considers external fields and surfaces.
  • Discusses both macroscopic empirically-based and molecular-level approaches for pure components and mixtures.
  • Features many example problems that illustrate important concepts and problem solution methods.
  • Contains extensive sets of challenging homework problems.


  • Copyright 1997
  • Dimensions: 7" x 9-1/2"
  • Pages: 960
  • Edition: 3rd
  • Book
  • ISBN-10: 0-13-915356-X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-13-915356-3

Based on the authors' graduate courses at MIT, this text and reference provides a unified understanding of both the critical concepts of chemical thermodynamics and their applications.KEY TOPICS:Part I of this book provides the theoretical basis of classical thermodynamics, including the 1st and 2nd laws, the Fundamental Equation, Legendre transformations, and general equilibrium criteria. Part II contains an extensive description of how thermodynamic properties are correlated, modeled, manipulated and estimated. Both macroscopic, empirically-based and molecular-level approaches are discussed in-depth, for pure components and mixtures. New, detailed coverage shows how traditional macroscopic models are connected to their roots at the molecular level. Part III presents applications of classical thermodynamics in detail. The book connects theory with applications at every opportunity, using extensive examples, classroom problems and homework exercises.MARKET:Chemical engineering and physical chemistry graduate courses in thermodynamics.

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Table of Contents


 1. The Scope of Classical Thermodynamics.
 2. Basic Concepts and Definitions.
 3. Energy and the First Law.
 4. Reversibility and the Second Law.
 5. The Calculus of Thermodynamics.
 6. Equilibrium Criteria.
 7. Stability Criteria.


 8. Properties of Pure Materials.
 9. Property Relationships for Mixtures.
10. Statistical Mechanical Approach for Property Models.
11. Models for Non-Ideal, Non-Electrolyte Solutions.
12. Models for Electrolyte Solutions.
13. Estimating Physical Properties.


14. Practical heat Engines and Power Cycles.
15. Phase Equilibrium and Stability.
16. Chemical Equilibria.
17. Generalized Treatment of Phase and Chemical Equilibria.
18. Systems under Stress, in Electromagnetic or Potential Fields.
19. Thermodynamics of Surfaces.


A. Summary of the Postulates.
B. Mathematical relations of Functions of States.
C. Derivation of Euler's Theorem.
D. Mathematical Formulae for Stability and Equilibria.
E. Numerical Methods.
F. General Mixture Relationships for Extensive and Intensive Properties.
G. Pure Component Property Data.
H. Conversion Factors and Gas Constant Values.


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