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Thermodynamics of the Earth and Planets

Thermodynamics of the Earth and Planets

Alberto Patiño Douce


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This textbook provides an intuitive yet mathematically rigorous introduction to the thermodynamics and thermal physics of planetary processes. It demonstrates how the workings of planetary bodies can be understood in depth by reducing them to fundamental physics and chemistry. The book is based on two courses taught by the author for many years at the University of Georgia. It includes 'Guided Exercise' boxes, end-of-chapter problems (worked solutions provided online), and software boxes (Maple code provided online), which show the reader how to implement numerical solutions to many of the problems using Maple.

As well as being an ideal textbook on planetary thermodynamics for advanced students in the Earth and planetary sciences, it also provides an innovative and quantitative complement to more traditional courses in geological thermodynamics, petrology, chemical oceanography and planetary science. In addition to its use as a textbook, it is also of great interest to researchers looking for a 'one stop' source of concepts and techniques that they can apply to their research problems.

Many examples of numerical calculations, including a large number of Maple procedures that the reader can use and modify are provided in the book.

Additional online resources, including support files, Maple code, and problems and solutions, are found at
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Language: English
ISBN: 978-0521896214
Publisher: Cambridge University Press

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