Best Reference Books – Chemical and Statistical Thermodynamics

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We have compiled the list of Top 10 Best Reference Books on Chemical and Statistical Thermodynamics subject. These books are used by students of top universities, institutes and colleges. Here is the full list of top 10 best books on Chemical and Statistical Thermodynamics along with reviews.

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1. “Physical Chemistry” by P W Atkins

“Physical Chemistry” Book Review: This book covers topics like reaction analysis, chemical, ionic equilibrium and many more detailedly. This book also has solved examples and unsolved questions to increase our ideas on the concepts we learned. This book is filled with illustrations which makes the concepts to understand a lot easier. This unique feature of this book is it has a checklist and key points section at the end of each chapter to ensure that we have gone through all the topics in that chapter. This book has clear and concise explanations for all the concepts. All the 1000 pages in this book are presented attractively. Several universities and professors recommend this book for their physical chemistry students.

2. “Irreversible Thermodynamics, Theory and Applications” by K S Forland

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“Irreversible Thermodynamics, Theory and Applications” Book Review: This book starts with the fundamental equations of irreversible thermodynamics which are derived using simple mathematical principles. This book contains case studies for important topics. The real-time applications of the concepts in different-fields are also included to get more application-based knowledge. Topics like ion-selective electrodes, biological systems and frost heave situations and a lot more in irreversible thermodynamics are discussed in detail. The theoretical concepts are explained clearly in the second half of the book. The complicated concepts mentioned in this book are explained with the help of solved examples. This book is a useful reference for students in streams like electrochemistry, chemical engineering, biochemistry and biophysics, metallurgy and geology.

3. “Physical Chemistry” by G W Castellan

“Physical Chemistry” Book Review: This book provides a deeper understanding of the logic of thermodynamic principles. This book has a neat presentation with lucid font style. The topics like Structure of Gases and Quantum Mechanical principles, Chemical Kinetics and many more are taken up in detail. At the beginning of each chapter, a review is given by the author about the chapter, which helps the reader to get an overview of the chapter. This book provides clear ideas of complex concepts and problems. This book is a handy resource for the Physical chemistry students, particularly for chemical kinetics subjects.

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4. “Chemical Thermodynamics” by F T Wall
5. “Chemical Thermodynamics: Classical, Statistical and Irreversible” by Kuriacose / Rajaram

“Chemical Thermodynamics: Classical, Statistical and Irreversible” Book Review: This book starts with introducing the fundamental concepts in thermodynamics. This book has illustrative diagrams and graphs, which makes reading a lot easier. Topics like laws of thermodynamics, thermochemistry, free energy and work function, statistical thermodynamics and many more explained clearly. The special symbols used in the chemical field are provided separately at the beginning of the book to avoid the confusions on the symbols. This book has solved problems to understand the concepts quickly. This book is written in a student-friendly way. Exercise questions are provided at each chapter end with answers. This book is a useful reference to understand Thermodynamics deeply.

6. “Statistical Thermodynamics (Oxford Chemistry Primers)” by Andrew Maczek

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“Statistical Thermodynamics (Oxford Chemistry Primers)” Book Review: The book starts with explaining the Boltzmann law. The case studies are included in this book for important concepts. Topics like molecular partition, two-level system, ideal monatomic gas, diatomic gas and many more are discussed elaborately. The equations are derived for partition functions of translation, rotation, and vibration. The mathematical aspects of physical chemistry is explained simply. Advanced topics like electronic partition function, heat capacity ortho and para spin states are taken up in detail. This book serves as a ready reference for undergraduate chemistry, physics, chemical engineering and materials science courses. Postgraduate biochemists and molecular biologists will also find this book useful.

7. “Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics: An Integrated Approach (Cambridge Series in Chemical Engineering)” by M Scott Shell

“Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics: An Integrated Approach (Cambridge Series in Chemical Engineering)” Book Review: This book begins with explaining thermodynamics in a molecular view. This book has worked examples to help the students to prepare for exams. The molecular and macroscopic principle in thermodynamics are explained in detail. This book relates the classical thermodynamics with the behaviour of molecules very well. Problems are included at the end of every chapter, which improves applied skill sets. This book is a good reference for undergraduates.

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8. “Thermodynamics: An Engineering Approach” by Yunus A Cengel and Michael A Boles

“Thermodynamics: An Engineering Approach” Book Review: This book covers topics like closed systems energy analysis, volume, mass and energy analysis, compressible flow and many more in a clear-cut manner. This book has a beautiful presentation. This book contains over 300 problems to test our understanding with many of which come from industrial applications. This book has coloured illustrations which are useful to understand the concepts quickly. This book also provides presentations for the concepts online, which is helpful for teachers and students. Topics like the laws of thermodynamics, entropy laws, applied thermodynamics are taken up in detail. Engineering and chemical students will find this book as a useful and engaging resource.

9. “An Introduction to Statistical Thermodynamics (Dover Books on Physics)” by Terrell L Hill

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“An Introduction to Statistical Thermodynamics (Dover Books on Physics)” Book Review: This book provides a solid understanding of statistical mechanics and thermodynamics. Topics like principles of quantum statistical mechanics, energy levels, states and eigen-functions, degeneracy and many more explained elaborately. This book contains a large number of exercises to test our level of understanding. The author suggests having basic knowledge on thermodynamics, calculus, elementary differential equations and elementary quantum mechanics before reading this book. Advanced topics like ideal monatomic gas, monatomic crystals to polyatomic gas, configuration of polymer molecules and rubber elasticity are taken up in detail. This book will be useful to students in molecular biophysics, and physical chemistry.

10. “Chemical and Statistical Thermodynamics” by R Singh A Singh
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