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Thermodynamics in Geochemistry


By: GM Anderson and DA Crerar

608 pages, Illus

Oxford University Press

Hardback | Sep 1993 | #28912 | ISBN: 019506464X
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This textbook outlines the fundamentals required to understand the science of thermodynamics and describes the application of thermodynamics in geochemistry. The work is distinguished by its comprehensive, balanced coverage and its rigorous presentation of geological thermodynamics and geochemistry. The authors bring years of teaching experience to the work, and have attempted to particularly address those areas where other texts on the subject have provided inadequate coverage. A thorough review of the necessary mathematics is presented early on, both as a refresher for those with a background in university calculus, and for the benefit of those coming to the subject for the first time. The text is written for students in advanced undergraduate or graduate level geochemistry as well as for all researchers in this field.

"Provides an innovative, careful, and complete development of the subtleties of thermodynamics that anyone seeking an understanding of phase equilibria in a wide variety of earth processes needs to grasp. . . . a cohesive treatise with well-explained examples. I imagine it will become the standard text for teaching the basics of thermodynamics as well as introducing more advanced models of solution theory. It will also likely become a classic reference for working scientists." --Science
"The authors have written the kind of textbook that they would have liked to have had when they were students. The writing is graceful and personal, even when the presentation is math. . . . the interested student will treasure the book." --Chemical Monographs Review
"A combination of historical, postulational, and statistical approaches is used to present the subject, with ample examples of a geochemical nature. The logic and the presentations are clear and easy to follow, and, in this respec


Introduction; 1. Mathematical background; 2. Thermodynamics terms; 3. The first law of thermodynamics; 4. The second law of thermodynamics; 5. Statistical interpretation of entropy; 6. Properties of simple systems; 7. Applications to simple systems; 8. Partial and apparent molar properties; 9. Ideal solutions; 10. Fugacity and activity; 11. Standard states; 12. The equilibrium constant; 13. Heterogeneous and open systems; 14. Solid solutions; 15. Gaseous solutions; 16. Aqueous electrolyte solutions; 17. Redox systems; 18. Speciation calculations

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