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Andrew M. Steane

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780198788560

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198788560.001.0001

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Introducing chemical potential

Introducing chemical potential

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(p.157) 12 Introducing chemical potential
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Thermodynamics
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Andrew M. Steane

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198788560.003.0012

Chemical potential is defined, and its physical meaning explored. Examples in solids and gases are given. An illustrative calculation for an ideal gas presents the isothermal atmosphere. The Saha equation is obtained and discussed.

Keywords:   Chemical potential, ideal gas, isothermal atmosphere, Saha equation

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