Synopses & Reviews
The theoretical basis of this book is developed ab ovo. This requires dealing with several problems arising in physical chemistry including the concept of entropy as a thermodynamic coordinate and its relation to probability. Thus Maxwell Boltzmann and Gibbs statistical thermodynamics, and quantum statistics are made considerable use of. A statistical mechanical derivation of the law of mass action for gases and solids is presented, and the problems arising in the application of the law of mass action to the liquid state are addressed. Molecular interactions and how to take them into account when deriving the law of mass action is discussed in some detail sketching a way alternativ to the use of activities. Finally, attention is drawn to the statistical mechanical background to Linear Free Energy Relationships (LFER's) and of Isokinetic Relationships (IKR's) and their connections with molecular interactions.
Review
From the reviews: J.AM. Chem. Soc., Vol. 124, No. 6, 2002: (...) The interested student may ask, "Where do I go from here? How do I handle nonideal gases and the most nonideal of gases, liquids and solids?". For this subset of students, this book is perfect. It reviews what needs to be reviewed and deals with the harder topics of chemical equilibrium in states that are less convenient than the ideal gas state. (...) For advanced, mathematically competent students, this is the perfect text. Carl David, University of Connecticut "What can one say about a wonderful book ... . The Law of Mass Action represents the culminating relationship of standard chemical thermodynamics, a sort of crown jewel of abstract reasoning putting the Gibbs' free energy at the service of chemical equilibrium. ... It reviews (succinctly) what needs to be reviewed and deals with the harder topics of chemical equilibrium in states that are less convenient than the ideal gas state. ... For advanced, mathematically competent students, this is the perfect text." (Carl David, Journal of the American Chemical Society, Vol. 124 (6), 2002)
Table of Contents
Maxwell-Boltzmann Statistics.- Ensembles, Partition Functions, and Thermodynamic Functions.- The Law of Mass Action for Ideal Systems.- Reactions in Imperfect Condensed Systems. Free Volume.- Molecular Interactions.- Imperfect Gases.- Reactions in Imperfect Condensed Systems. Lattice Energy.- Chemical Correlations.- Concluding Remarks.- Appendices.- Index.