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Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics

"Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics" provides undergraduate chemistry students with a grounding in both classical and statistical thermodynamics. Thermodynamic quantities and relationships are introduced and developed in a coherent way, enabling students to apply thermodynamic analysis to chemical problems with confidence. Each stage in the development is well illustrated with examples. The text aims to help students understand energy and its different forms and transformations. The text also discusses the key role of entropy, as applied to chemical systems, addressing questions such as: how much work is performed, and how much heat transfer occurs, during chemical processes and reactions, and how do they depend on temperature?; how is it possible for endothermic processes to occur spontaneously, and will a given reaction occur spontaneously?; what determines the equilibrium between phases?; how do temperature and pressure affect equilibrium?; what is the meaning of entropy?; how are macroscopic thermodynamic properties related to microscopic energy levels?; For the needs of undergraduate chemistry students, "Tutorial Chemistry Texts" is a major new series consisting of short, single topic or modular texts concentrating on the fundamental areas of chemistry taught in undergraduate science courses. Each book provides a concise account of the basic principles underlying a given subject, embodying an independent-learning philosophy and including worked examples.
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Table of Contents

Introduction; The First Law; Heat Capacity, Enthalpy and Thermochemistry; The Second and Third Laws: Entropy; Free Energy; Phase Transitions; Chemical Equilibrium; The Statistical Definition of Entropy; Connecting Microscopic and Macroscopic Properties; The Partition Function; An Ideal Gas of Atoms; An Ideal Gas of Diatomic Molecules; Statistical Mechanics and Equilibrium; Glossary; Answers to Problems; Subject Index.

About the Author

Professor Abel is an Emeritus Professor at the University of Exeter.


"... this book will be invaluable to undergraduates taking thermodynamics for the first time." * Journal of Chemical Education, Vol 79, No 9, 2002, p 1075 * "... clear, well-written ..." * School Science Review, Issue 305, June 2002 * "... highly recommended ..." * Chemistry in Australia, April 2003, p 32-33 * "It is well written and clearly laid out. It will serve the student well." * School Science Review, Issue No 309, 2003 *

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