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Advances in Thermodynamics of the van der Waals Fluid

David C Johnston


This book is a comprehensive exposition of the thermodynamic properties of the van der Waals fluid, which includes a review of past work together with a presentation of the author's own recent extensive studies. The book provides readers with a graphical overview of the many interesting and diverse thermodynamic properties of the van der Waals fluid through plots of these properties versus various independent parameters.

About Editors

David C Johnston is a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy of Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa, USA. He received his BA and PhD degrees in physics from the University of California at Santa Barbara and the University of California at San Diego, respectively. Prior to joining Iowa State University in 1987, he carried out research at the Corporate Research Laboratories of Exxon Research and Engineering Company in Annandale, NJ. His research area is experimental solid state physics, with an emphasis on the measurement and theoretical modeling of the electronic, magnetic, thermal and superconducting properties of solids. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and a former Divisional Associate Editor of the journal Physical Review Letters.

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Paperback ISBN: 9780750327671

Ebook ISBN: 9781627056694

DOI: 10.1088/978-1-627-05532-1

Publisher: Morgan & Claypool Publishers


The outstanding feature of Advances in Thermodynamics of the van der Waals Fluid is its completeness. If you have ever encountered a problem in understanding or analyzing an aspect of the vdW fluid, the solution to your problem is outlined here.

The material in this text is appropriate for an undergraduate thermal physics course. Its results are presented in well-organized text, equations, graphs and tables. Johnston does not waste words – or his reader's time.

Every thermodynamicist who teaches or does research should own a copy of this book.

Don S. Lemons 2018 American Journal of Physics American Institute of Physics (United States)

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