THE PRINCIPLES OF CHEMICAL EQUILIBRIUM
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One reason why the study of thermodynamics is so valuable to students of chemistry and chemical engineering is that it is a theory which can be developed in its entirety, without gaps in the argument, on the basis of only a moderate knowledge of mathematics. It is therefore a self-contained logical structure, and much benefit and incidentally much pleasure-may be obtained from its study. Another reason is that it is one of the few branches of physics or chemistry which is largely independent of any assumptions concerning the nature of the fundamental particles. It does not depend on 'mechanisms', such as are used in theories of molecular structure and kinetics, and therefore it can often be used as a check on such theories.
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