Synopses & Reviews
Thermodynamics: Fundamentals for Applications is a text for a first graduate course in chemical engineering. The focus is on macroscopic thermodynamics; discussions of modeling and molecular situations are integrated throughout. Underpinning this text is the knowledge that while thermodynamics describes natural phenomena, those descriptions are the products of creative, systematic minds. Nature unfolds without reference to human concepts of energy, entropy, or fugacity. Natural complexity can be organized and studied by thermodynamics methodology. The power of thermodynamics can be used to advantage if the fundamentals are understood. This text's emphasis is on fundamentals rather than modeling. Knowledge of the basics will enhance the ability to combine them with models when applying thermodynamics to practical situations. While the goal of an engineering education is to teach effective problem solving, this text never forgets the delight of discovery, the satisfaction of grasping intricate concepts, and the stimulation of the scholarly atmosphere.
Review
"O'Connell and Haile are weathered experts in the field, and in teaching thermodynamics. This clearly shows in their new textbook, which is primarily intended for beginning graduate students in chemical engineering. Their experience is visible through the special care they take to gradually build up the subject with the utmost attention to details...As excellent writers, they are able to convey their deep understanding to us, and their book should make many students enthusiastic about thermodynamics. To bring classical thermodynamics to life in such an appealingly vivid, yet also mathematically rigorous, way is an accomplishment that makes this book highly recommendable."
Angewandte Chemie"[T]he book is a well written text for students of a classical chemical thermodynamics. It is easy to read and has a clear explanation of the derivation and usefulness and is well worth considering."
Chemistry in Australia
Synopsis
Emphasizing fundamental principles rather than modeling, this book is appropriate as a text for a first graduate course in chemical engineering. Stressing that the power of thermodynamics can be best used if the fundamentals are understood, it assumes that the knowledge of these basic principles will enhance students' abilities to creatively apply them to practical situations.
Synopsis
'Thermodynamics: Fundamentals and Applications is a text for a first graduate course in Chemical Engineering. The focus is on macroscopic thermodynamics; discussions of modeling and molecular situations are integrated throughout. This textâs emphasis is on fundamentals. This knowledge of the basics will enhance the ability to combine them with models when applying thermodynamics to practical situations. While the goal of an engineering education is to teach effective problem solving, this text never forgets the delight of discovery, the satisfaction of grasping intricate concepts, and the stimulation of the scholarly atmosphere.\n
'
About the Author
John P. OâConnell is a Professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of Virginia. He has over 30 years experience in teaching, research, and consulting in thermodynamics, statistical mechanics, and related areas.J. M. Haile has 24 years experience in teaching science and engineering. He heads Macatea Productions, a science textbook publisher.
Table of Contents
Introduction. Part I. The Basics: 1. Primitives; 2. The first and second laws; 3. Fundamental relations; Part II. Single-Phase Systems: 4. Properties relative to ideal gases; 5. Properties relative to ideal solutions; 6. Relations among relations; Part III. Multiphase and Reacting Systems: 7. Transfers, transformations, and equilibria; 8. Criteria for observability; 9. Phase diagrams for real systems; Part IV. Engineering Calculations: 10. Options for equilibrium calculations; 11. Elementary computational procedures; 12. Selected applications; Afterword; Appendices: A. Tools from the calculus; B. Elements of linear algebra; C. Solutions to cubic equations; D. Vapor pressures of selected fluids; E. Model parameters for G excess; F. A stability condition for binaries; G. Notation in variational calculus; H. Triangular diagrams; I. Lagrange multipliers; J. NRTL models; K. Simple algorithms for binary VLLE; Notation; Index.