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Thermodynamics really from scratch -- in a new textbook
Date:11/14/2012

book present and discuss topics related to phase transitions and thermodynamics of chemical reactions. All chapters are illustrated with numerous chemical examples and problems making the understanding easier, they also provide information on how to solve these problems.

The assumptions of contemporary thermodynamics relate to systems at equilibrium. They do not describe open systems, i.e., those which do not have a state of equilibrium, such as man or, probably, the Universe. "While writing our textbook, we tried to think in a perspective, keeping in mind not only students but also the development of the field. We believe that only a really deep understanding of thermodynamics of closed systems on a basic, mathematical level, will enable students to go beyond the axioms of thermodynamics and will aid them in formulating the assumptions of today yet non-existing thermodynamics of open systems which do not have the state of equilibrium," sums up Prof. Hołyst.


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Contact: Robert Holyst
holyst@ichf.edu.pl
48-223-433-123
Institute of Physical Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences
Source:Eurekalert

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