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Introduction to Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics (The Mcgraw-Hill Chemical Engineering Series) [Hardcover]

J.M. Smith , Hendrick Van Ness , Michael Abbott
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November 12, 2004 0073104450 978-0073104454 7
Introduction to Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics, 7/e, presents comprehensive coverage of the subject of thermodynamics from a chemical engineering viewpoint. The text provides a thorough exposition of the principles of thermodynamics and details their application to chemical processes. The chapters are written in a clear, logically organized manner, and contain an abundance of realistic problems, examples, and illustrations to help students understand complex concepts. New ideas, terms, and symbols constantly challenge the readers to think and encourage them to apply this fundamental body of knowledge to the solution of practical problems.

The comprehensive nature of this book makes it a useful reference both in graduate courses and for professional practice. The seventh edition continues to be an excellent tool for teaching the subject of chemical engineering thermodynamics to undergraduate students.


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  • Hardcover: 840 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Science/Engineering/Math; 7 edition (November 12, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0073104450
  • ISBN-13: 978-0073104454
  • Product Dimensions: 1.4 x 7.5 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,164 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Lots of words little real explanation January 1, 2012
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I understand that this topic requires a lot of explanation. This textbook although verbose didn't cover much ground after introducing the topic. Often you will have a good explanation and example and then as the problem gets more difficult steps begin to be skipped by the author making it difficult to actually learn how to master the complicated questions given by your instructor. I feel that this book needs a substantial amount of work. It may have a lot of good information but lacks the ability to convey it to the student.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Felder's book is definitely a better introduction... February 4, 2013
Format:Hardcover
...but you were probably assigned this for class instead or as well, since Smith, Van Ness, and Abbott's text does cover more material than Felder and Rousseau (Fugacity, vapor-liquid equilibrium, improved gas laws/correlations, et cetera). The tables in this book are pretty good, there's a lot of information there. The main problems with this book are organization and clarity. It feels like this book was written assuming you start reading at the front towards the back, and remember EVERYTHING covered. It's a little frustrating spending 20+ minutes trying to track down the relevant information needed to frame your equations. The Peng-Robinson equation(s) are scattered over a whole chapter, for a mild example. The information is there, but finding the relevant parts while weeding out the rest without getting confused is a challenge.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Carlos's Review September 23, 2008
Format:Hardcover
This edition of the Introduction to Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics is much more friendly version to the reader than former ones. It also has more industry related problems. Another change with respect to the former ones is that The example problems are exposed and solved in the SI system of units, which is a more globally used system than the English one.

It is a classic book for chemical engineers and a must read book either as a main textbook or as an alternate textbook, for anyone planning to do undergraduate or graduate thermodynamic courses in that discipline.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good for a book you grow to hate February 15, 2008
Format:Hardcover
As far as text books go, this one is not bad. It's decently well written and put together. There are a lot of graphs and diagrams to explain the material.There are not as many example problems as there need to be, but the questions at the end of the chapter are very straightforward. Not a very extensive reference section either.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Decent book, there could be better ones July 23, 2009
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This book explains the basics of thermodynamics very well. However, when it comes to conceptual things like fugacity and bubble point, i feel that the book does a poor job.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Solid textbook February 25, 2006
Format:Hardcover
This is a solid thermo textbook. Goes over concepts and theories fairly well. There are plenty of worked out examples throughout the chapters and appendixes so you know what you're doing. The authors explain everything in a clear and cohesive manner. Somethings are overwhelming, but it is thermodynamics. Plenty of appendixes for steam tables, interroplation, unit conversions, and virial equation constants, etc.

I suggest you get the Schaum's outline as a good reference too.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great class April 23, 2014
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I don't understand everything about Thermo still because fugacity and activity and all that still get me sometimes, but it's been a great experience. Our tests were open book, so I've come to really appreciate the book itself. It's been helpful.
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This book is terrible. The editors apparently need to learn how to use a comma. Chapter 2 is the worst, there is grammatical errors in almost every paragraph. My grammar may not be perfect, but this is ridiculous.
But my dislike isn't solely directed towards the grammar. The authors made many of the explanations too wordy and hard to read (combined with horrible grammar, you have a frustrated student). They often missed helpful information that makes the material easier to understand. It was as if the book was written for people who have already mastered the material; not helpful all for a student first learning the material. I am disappointed to see this sort of book from Mcgraw-Hill.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Didn't receive product
The only thing good was that they gave my money back. Waited far too long for the package, and they didn't follow up when they couldn't deliver.
Published 2 months ago by Adriaan Riet
2.0 out of 5 stars Book is not the best for an introductory class
Even though this book is required in many universities around the world, it is not the best textbook for an undergraduate level class, because it doesn't explain concepts in as... Read more
Published 5 months ago by PB
4.0 out of 5 stars Thermodynamics is hard, this book makes it slightly easier
Filled with lots of theory and not enough examples, but the the book makes thermodynamics suck a lot less. Read more
Published 5 months ago by candria
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book.
SVNA was a great book and provided a good introduction to thermodynamics. I am mainly a book learner and learned a lot from it, and the examples were easy to follow as well.
Published 6 months ago by Shea
5.0 out of 5 stars A Necessary Engineering Class Book
A good reference source for study in Thermodynamics for Chemical Engineering. Would recommend the purchase of this text for students considering an engineering career.
Published 8 months ago by rhodej.
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
Most books coming in are not top-notch, but this book looked like it was directly from the manufacturer, minus the few slight bends in the corners due to shpping. Read more
Published 10 months ago by David Walker
2.0 out of 5 stars I hate the way the content is explained in this book
I hated this book. My teacher sucked. So I relied on the book and that failed me miserably. The book itself was in okay condition. There were some helpful comments in it. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Michelle P.
5.0 out of 5 stars great price for book
this is a nice book for a much cheaper price than at the college brick and mortar store. should last for years
Published 12 months ago by BHTX
2.0 out of 5 stars Inaccurate description.
The book is not NEW (with a slightly damaged front cover) and has been used extensively.
The front cover along with the spine are taped where they are coming of the... Read more
Published 23 months ago by Moscow Mike
5.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good book!
I used this book for my first thermodynamics class in my chemical engineering major and the book is very understandable and clearly written. Read more
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