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Unformatted text preview: Thermodynamics A theory is the more impressive the greater the simplicity of its premises, the more diverse the things it relates, and the more extended its area of applicability. Therefore the deep impression which classical thermodynamics made upon me. It is the only physical theory of universal content which, I am convinced, . . . will never be overthrown - Albert Einstein So far, we have been looking at chemistry from a microscopic scale upwards, starting with the electron, proton, and neutron, and working our way up to the molecules. In this fashion we learned to understand and predict what happens on a macroscopic scale. In thermodynamics we will look at matter from the another point of view. We will consider only the macroscopic properties of matter. Thermodynamics is a unique theory because it looks only at the macroscopic properties of matter and, on that basis alone,...
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