Thermodynamics for Chemists, Physicists and Engineers

Authors: Hołyst, Robert, Poniewierski, Andrzej

  • The first thermodynamics textbook with a truly interdisciplinary approach targeted to undergraduate students in diverse disciplines. It includes also some advanced chapters of interest to graduate students
  • Provides a clear, concise and approachable text on the fundamentals of phenomenological thermodynamics
  • Addresses a number of applications of the theory with a particular focus on first order phase transitions
  • Clearly highlights postulates, laws, definitions and offers worked out examples, with solutions, chapter-end exercises
  • Written by affirmed scholars in physical chemistry who have taught the subject for over 17 years
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About this Textbook

This textbook takes an interdisciplinary approach to the subject of thermodynamics and is therefore suitable for  undergraduates in chemistry, physics and engineering courses. The book is an introduction to phenomenological thermodynamics and its applications to phase transitions and chemical reactions, with some references to statistical mechanics. It strikes the balance between the rigorousness of the Callen text and phenomenological approach of the Atkins text. 

The book is divided in three parts. The first introduces the postulates and laws of thermodynamics and complements these initial explanations with practical examples. The second part is devoted to applications of thermodynamics to phase transitions in pure substances and mixtures. The third part covers thermodynamic systems in which chemical reactions take place. There are some sections on more advanced topics such as thermodynamic potentials, natural variables, non-ideal mixtures and electrochemical reactions, which make this book of suitable also to post-graduate students.


About the authors

Robert Hołyst (1963) is a professor at the Institute of Physical Chemistry Polish Academy of Sciences. He specializes in statistical physics, physical chemistry, biologistics and soft matter physics. He has published 182 papers and 2 books. He presented his works  at multiple universities/institutes, e.g. Harvard, MIT, University of Chicago,  ESPCI-Paris, ENS-Paris, several Max Planck Institutes, University of Tokyo,  Oxford and Cambridge. He has over 17 years experience in teaching thermodynamics for undergraduate students.

Andrzej Poniewierski (1951), professor at the Institute of Physical Chemistry Polish Academy of Sciences; published 53 papers and two books, specializes in soft matter and statistical physics, liquid crystals and applications of density functional theory to complex fluids. He has also taught thermodynamics for undergraduate students for several years. 

Reviews

From the reviews:

“This book by Holyst and Poniewierski (both, Polish Academy of Sciences) is an introduction to ‘phenomenological’ thermodynamics, and a recent addition to a long list of books on this subject. … One of the most appealing aspects of the book is the end-of-chapter exercises along with the detailed solutions in the appendix. … The material is appropriate for second-year students in the sciences and engineering … . Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-division undergraduates.” (R. Darby, Choice, Vol. 50 (5), January, 2013)

“The book is divided into 11 chapters, each of them ending with a long series of exercises, whose detailed solutions are gathered at the end of the book in more than 100 pages. … the book contains several pictures which illustrate the different notions which are introduced. Thus doing, the material which is contained is accessible to different kinds of readers. Chemists will find the useful bases concerning thermodynamical systems. Mathematicians will get acquainted with applications to chemical processes.” (Alain Brillard, Zentralblatt MATH, Vol. 1260, 2013)


Table of contents (11 chapters)

  • Historical Introduction

    Hołyst, Robert (et al.)

    Pages 3-6

  • Basic Concepts and Definitions

    Hołyst, Robert (et al.)

    Pages 7-37

  • Internal Energy, Work and Heat

    Hołyst, Robert (et al.)

    Pages 39-55

  • Entropy and Irreversibility of Thermodynamic Processes

    Hołyst, Robert (et al.)

    Pages 57-88

  • Thermodynamic Potentials

    Hołyst, Robert (et al.)

    Pages 89-119

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Hardcover $89.95
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Thermodynamics for Chemists, Physicists and Engineers
Authors
Copyright
2012
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
eBook ISBN
978-94-007-2999-5
DOI
10.1007/978-94-007-2999-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-94-007-2998-8
Softcover ISBN
978-94-017-8304-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 344
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