1st Edition

Thermodynamics Problem Solving in Physical Chemistry Study Guide and Map

By Kathleen E. Murphy Copyright 2020
    138 Pages 226 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    138 Pages 226 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

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    Thermodynamics Problem Solving in Physical Chemistry: Study Guide and Map is an innovative and unique workbook that guides physical chemistry students through the decision-making process to assess a problem situation, create appropriate solutions, and gain confidence through practice solving physical chemistry problems.

    The workbook includes six major sections with 20 - 30 solved problems in each section that span from easy, single objective questions to difficult, multistep analysis problems. Each section of the workbook contains key points that highlight major features of the topic to remind students of what they need to apply to solve problems in the topic area. 

    Key Features: 

    • Provides instructor access to a visual map depicting how all equations used in thermodynamics are connected and how they are derived from the three major energy laws.
    • Acts as a guide in deriving the correct solution to a problem. 
    • Illustrates the questions students should ask themselves about the critical features of the concepts to solve problems in physical chemistry 
    • Can be used as a stand-alone product for review of Thermodynamics questions for major tests.

    Part 1: Gases and Gas Laws. Part 2: First Law of Thermodynamics: (PV) and Heat, as ΔU and ΔH. Part 3. Second and Third Law of Thermodynamics, ΔS. Part 4. Free Energy (ΔG), Helmholtz energy (ΔA), and Phase Equilibrium. Part 5: Free Energy (ΔG) of Mixing, Binary Liquid Mixtures, Colligative Properties, and Activity. Part 6: Free Energy, Equilibrium Constants, and Electromotive Force. Answers to Example Problems. Index.


    Kathleen Murphy grew up near Saginaw Michigan and obtained a B.S. degree in Chemistry from Central Michigan University (Mount Pleasant, MI). She then went on to receive a PhD in Physical Chemistry from the University of Vermont (Burlington, VT) and did postdoctoral work at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (Troy, NY). Dr. Murphy is currently a Professor of Chemistry, in the Natural Science Department at Daemen College (Amherst, NY) and has been teaching general, analytical and physical chemistry for over 40 years. Eighteen of those years were spent being in an administrative role within the department and the College and oversaw the transition of the College into health-related areas and major expansion of the department. Dr. Murphy never left the classroom though and looks forward to devoting much more of her time using her experience to develop new strategies for students to address their weaknesses in problem-solving and surmounting them. Her research interests have been the role of oxygen in wound healing and various environmental topics, such as bioremediation or detection of metals in the soil or water.