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Chemical, Biochemical, and Engineering Thermodynamics 4th Edition

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From the Back Cover

A modern, accessible, and applied approach to chemical thermodynamics
Thermodynamics is central to the practice of chemical engineering, yet students sometimes feel that the discipline is too abstract while they are studying the subject.

By providing an applied and modern approach, Stanley Sandler’s Chemical, Biochemical, and Engineering Thermodynamics, Fourth Edition helps students see the value and relevance of studying thermodynamics to all areas of chemical engineering, and gives them the depth of coverage they need to develop a solid understanding of the key principles in the field.

Key Features

  • Highlights applications of thermodynamics to subjects that chemical engineering students will see in later courses.
  • Realistic problems introduce students to the types of challenges they will encounter in industry and graduate research.
  • The Fourth Edition has been reorganized into 15 chapters, providing shorter chapters that introduce students to the subject in more bite-sized pieces.
  • Presents biochemical examples, particularly in Chapters 11 and 12, and in all of Chapter 15 entitled “Biochemical Applications of Thermodynamics.”
  • Coverage of environmental and safety applications of thermodynamics provides course material useful for ABET accreditation.
  • Includes a brief introduction to the new field of product engineering in Chapter 12.
  • Instructional objectives and nomenclature lists at the beginning of each chapter provide useful study tools.
  • Students can solve problems using MATHCAD®, MATLAB® and Visual Basic programs that accompany this textbook.
  • An accompanying CD features a 120-day trial version of MATHCAD, as well as MATHCAD  worksheets,  an extensive properties database, and Windows-friendly Visual Basic and MATLAB programs for equation of state and UNIFAC calculations. (These worksheets and programs are also available online at the book website.)
  • Also included on the CD are PDF files of important data figures that students can download and print for use in solving homework problems.
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About the Author

About the author STANLEY I. SANDLER is the H. B. du Pont Professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of Delaware as well as professor of chemistry and biochemistry. He is also the founding director of its Center for Molecular and Engineering Thermodynamics. In addition to this book, Sandler is the author of 235 research papers and a monograph, and is the editor of a book on thermodynamic modeling and five conference proceedings. He earned the B.Ch.E. degree in 1962 from the City College of New York, and the Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of Minnesota in 1966.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 960 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 4 edition (January 18, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471661740
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471661740
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 1.4 x 10.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,437 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
If you know more or less what eng and or chem thermo is about and feel more advanced and confident in this subject and do not need/want a 'Book-For-Dummies', then go and purchase the world-wide highly renowned textbook by Stanley I. Sandler. This has now become the definitive standard and top reference in class. It is full of words and formulas, tables, charts and illustrations, examples, problems, diagrams and appendices, all presented in a modern, attractive manner. You can use it as a 'detailed text' or as a 'look-up reference'. Due to the nature of the subject matter, this book is not 'easy': a complete, detailed, thorough book on a hard, dry subject will result in a hard (and dry?) reading for anybody! Nevertheless, the modern, beautiful presentation will make the reader's efforts worthwhile. This is not an "enjoyable" reading as such, but the most in-depth, thorough, detailed, modern treatment for class. I consider this book a must-have reference on your ChemE bookshelf. If you go for *one* book only on thermo, then buy Sandler's. rated: Strong Buy for anybody. Even after having mastered this subject, this book will *still* serve as a valuable tool: as a detailed ("advanced") intro text and as a fine look-up reference. Sandler's book *is* a monograph, and it should be titled "Fundamentals of Chemical Thermodynamics" only, because it does not cover much of "Engineering Thermodynamics" (see books by Moran/Shapiro or Yunus A. Cengel for fantastic intro tomes on eng thermo. see also book by Smith/VanNess/Abbott 2001.). This book is a challenge, but if you are a smart learner and can handle this hard subject matter, there is no better intro or advanced text on chemical thermodynamics, chemical engineering thermodynamics or phase/physical/chemical equilibria!Read more ›
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This book is applauded for its precision and details, but complained for its level of rigor that is not welcomed by an average undergraduate student. Students should have taken physical chemistry or at least be familiar with concepts of thermodynamic mixing in order to read this book.
Discussion on basic laws of thermodynamics is very terse that readers should look elsewhere (i.e. Atkins' Physical Chemistry or McQuarrie's Physical Chemistry: A Molecular Approach) for such topics. Treatise on liquids, chemical equilibrium, and real substances is excellent. Overall this is not a bad text if you've met the prerequisite.
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What a major improvement and enlargement of the second edition is this third, new edition! I am stunned. It is ultramodern, even more complete, clearer, highly illustrated, better structured, contains any detail to be imagined with an incredible exactitud. A real textbook that you will use lifetime long to lookup and clear up any problems or questions. I have compared all existing textbooks in different languages incl. German covering Chemical Thermodynamics for Engineers. None reaches the complexity, exactness, clearity and completeness of this outstanding, immense work. Modern, very modern, useful and just beautiful. Nothing seems to be similar to the second edition, but everything new, modern and fully revised and updated. What can I say? This is definitely one of the must haves among Chemical Engineering textbooks, including works by John C. Slattery, Scott H.Fogler and Byron B. Bird. It is more than worth it investing in this book even if you are already in possession of an obsolete second edition.
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A tough undergrad textbook but too easy grad textbook, this book has always been looking for a market. If the teacher is good, this textbook can and should be used for undergrad courses. However, most teachers use Smith and Van Ness et al. which has not been edited properly in 20 years. While, S&VN is clearly written it was written in the 1950's when "large calculating machines" were not available to the general public. Sandler's book written originally in the 1980's brought chem eng thermo into the 20th and 21st century. It is a hard book but it is also correct throughout. Sadly most undergrad thermo textbooks are not correct throughout and the author's weaknesses are evident (again few of these books are edited). With Sandler's book the material is precise and correct. Not for the typical undergrad but with a good teacher it is much better than anything out there.
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The material present in the book caters to those who do not know anything abt the subject and also for those who know the basics. It has very good examples which relate to the material in a very cohesive fashion. It will be great to have a solution set for the problems.It is also a great ref. in case the basics are forgotten
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I have been teaching for 3 years at DTU, Denmark in thermodynamic, and has always been looking for a better book then Atkins. Well this is the book I have been looking for. Its very clear written, and explains everything in a very comprehensible way. Well done Sandler!
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I like this book. Rationale:

1. The mathematical rigor, the absolute only way to communicate anything in the physical sciences, is very much present. If you don't know what total differentials are, as well as simultaneous equations, function notation, differential equations, and the like, don't balk at its presence in this book. It's necessary.

2. The examples (called "Illustrations" for some odd reason) are sufficient in number, and, after doing out the examples myself, key concepts I was missing sunk in, to the credit of Dr. Sandler.

3. Ample Figures and Diagrams well-described.

4. A very good system of equation numbering (it seems that equations simultaneous to each other, or algebraically equivalent are assigned alphabetical suffixes).

5. Plenty of room in the margins to write comments (Sandler encourages this, and I do too).

I could go on. I'll leave you with an algorithm to reading this book that I found helpful:

HOW TO READ THIS BOOK: Use a pencil and take notes on each and every word in this book. Then, go back and recopy the Illustrations into a notebook (or into your computer using any word processor, and MathType, a very nice FREE software package obtainable upon any Google search. I know. A tangent.)...This is working really well, since, as you take notes in the book, you get to skip over the Illustrations (and you get to feel like you're moving fast!), and when you're doing the Illustrations, you get to skip over the text (ditto). It also helps if, when Sandler references an equation in the text (example, "Eq. 6.4-25"), circle this equation reference and write its page number next to it (example, p. 217).

Best Wishes!

UPDATE: This book is not just a model thermodynamics textbook, it's a model for all textbooks.
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