Molecular Thermodynamics

Donald A. McQuarrie, John D. Simon

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Format: Hardback

Publication date: February 24, 1999

Pages: 672 pages

ISBN: 9781891389054 Related titles:


Evolved from McQuarrie and Simon’s best-selling textbook, Physical Chemistry: A Molecular Approach, this text focuses in on the thermodynamics portion of the course. Although many of the chapters in Molecular Thermodynamics are similar to chapters in the larger physical chemistry text, new material has been added throughout along with three entirely new chapters on “The Energy Levels of Atoms and Molecules”, “Thermodynamics of Electrochemical Cells”, and “Nonequilibrium Thermodynamics”.
The text also includes five short “MathChapters”, each with a special set of problems that will help students review and summarize the mathematical tools required to master the material. Worked examples and chapter-ending problems with solutions are also included throughout the book.


1. The Energy Levels of Atoms and Molecules
MathChapter A: Numerical Methods

2. The Properties of Gases
MathChapter B: Probability and Statistics

3. The Boltzmann Factor and Partition Functions
MathChapter C: Series and Limits

4. Partition Functions and Ideal Gases
MathChapter D: Partial Differentiation

5. The First Law of Thermodynamics
MathChapter E: The Binomial Distribution and Stirling's Approximation

6. Entropy and the Second Law of Thermodynamics

7. Entropy and the Third Law of Thermodynamics

8. Helmholtz and Gibbs Energies

9. Phase Equilibria

10. Solutions I: Liquid-Liquid Solutions

11. Solutions II: Solid-Liquid Solutions

12. Chemical Equilibrium

13. Thermodynamics of Electrochemical Cells

14. Nonequilibrium Thermodynamics

Answers to Numerical Problems
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