STP Textbook Chapter 7: Chemical Potential and Phase Equilibria Documents

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STP Textbook Chapter 7: The Chemical Potential and Phase Equilibria 

written by Harvey Gould and Jan Tobochnik

We discuss the nature of the chemical potential by considering some simple models and simulations. We then discuss the role of the chemical potential in understanding phase transitions with a focus on the van der Waals equation of state. We also discuss chemical reactions and the law of mass action.

Published January 6, 2009
Last Modified December 7, 2010

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