This book takes readers on an adventure into the inner workings of the molecular world, following a logical step-by-step progression of ideas and examples from the field.It helps readers understand the world around them in molecular terms. It features helpful pedagogy, including chapter ending-summaries, problems and brain teasers, with answers provided at the end of the book. It is filled with real-world examples ranging from casinos to lasers to endangered coral reefs.Starting with just a few basic principles of probability and the distribution of energy, the book takes students on an adventure into the inner workings of the molecular world like no other, from probability to Gibbs energy and beyond, following a logical step-by-step progression of ideas.
ROBERT HANSON is a Professor of Chemistry at St. Olaf College, in Northfield, Minnesota, USA, where he has been teaching since 1986. Trained as an organic chemist with Gilbert Stork at Columbia University, he shares a patent with 2001 Nobel Prize winner K.Barry Sharpless for the asymmetric epoxidation of allylic alcohols. His interest in thermodynamics goes back to early training at the California Institute of Technology, from which he got a B.S. degree in 1979. He spends his occasional moments of free time playing the violin in a community orchestra, piloting gliders and designing new Sudoku strategies. SUSAN GREEN has had the privilege of being both a student and a professor at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, USA where she was first introduced to the idea of teaching thermodynamics to first-year students. She trained as a physical chemist at the University of Minnesota studying the vibrational and electronic structure of small metal oxides as well as trying her hand at analytical chemistry. When she in not chasing after her two children with the help of her husband Hans, she can be found with a book.
Preface; To the Instructor; To the Student: How to Study Thermodynamics; Acknowledgments; PART I: PROBABILITY, DISTRIBUTIONS, AND EQUILIBRIUM; PART II: THE DISTRIBUTION OF ENERGY; PART III: ENERGY LEVELS IN REAL CHEMICAL SYSTEMS; PART IV: INTERNAL ENERGY (U) AND THE FIRST LAW; PART V: BONDING AND INTERNAL ENERGY; PART VI: THE EFFECT OF TEMPERATURE ON EQUILIBRIUM; PART VII: ENTROPY (S) AND THE SECOND LAW; PART VIII: THE EFFECT OF PRESSURE AND CONCENTRATION ON ENTROPY; PART IX: ENTHALPY (H) AND THE SURROUNDINGS; PART X: GIBBS ENERGY (G); PART XI: THE EQUILIBRIUM CONSTANT (K); PART XII: APPLICATIONS OF GIBBS ENERGY: PHASE CHANGES; PART XIII: APPLICATIONS OF GIBBS ENERGY: ELECTROCHEMISTRY; APPENDIX A Symbols and Constants; APPENDIX B Mathematical Tricks; APPENDIX C Table of Standard Reduction Potentials; APPENDIX D Table of Standard Thermodynamic Data (25[degrees]C and 1 bar); APPENDIX E Thermodynamic Data for the Evaporation of Liquid Water; Answers to Selected Exercises; Index.
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