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Calculating the heat in joules gained by a calorimeter [on hold]

25.0 ml of hot water at temp 37 degrees C was added to 25.0 ml of cold water in a "coffee-cup" calorimeter at temp 22degre C. the final temperature of the calorimeter was 28.0 degrees C. 1. Calculate ...
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Why nitrogen is inactive but oxygen is more active? [on hold]

Why is nitrogen, being the major component of the atmosphere, inactive but oxygen, the minor component, is most reactive? As per Le Chatelier's principle, if the concentration of a reactant is much ...
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Validity of Trouton's Rule

I would like to know under what circumstances is Trouton's rule obeyed by liquids and why certain systems i.e. substances may deviate from Trouton's rule. By the way I know what Trouton's rule is ...
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Finding the final temperature problem [on hold]

A 0.6850-kg ice cube at -12.40°C is placed inside a chamber of steam at 365.0°C. Later, you notice that the ice cube has completely melted into a puddle of water. If the chamber initially contained ...
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Why is the Standard enthalpy of formation of O2 and other reference forms of element zero?

Well, from what I know bonding releases energy. And does anybody know a source for finding the reference form of element at standard conditions?
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How much energy is required to raise the temperature of a 34.4g Al bar from 20.0 to 35.5 degrees celcius? [on hold]

How much energy is required to raise the temperature of a 34.4g Al bar from 20.0 to 35.5 degrees celcius?
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Concept of heat of reaction in a isolated system

One description of the concept is that heat of reaction (exothermic) is the quantity of heat that would given off to the surrounding by the product of a reaction if we allow the product to cool down. ...
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heat released from combustion of ethane

What will be the heat released when 4.42g of ethane is combusted at 298 K and 1 atm pressure?
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What is the entropy of mixing of two ideal gases starting out with different pressures?

The entropy of mixing of ideal gas is given by this equation: $\Delta S_{mix} = -nR(x_1\ln x_1 + x_2\ln x_2)$ Does this equation works only when the initial conditions of both compartments are at ...
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Why do we use dG < 0 to describe a spontaneous process?

With something like a reaction or phase change, all sources use the criterion that $dG < 0$ for the reaction to be spontaneous and then substitute an appropriate expression for $dG$ to the specific ...
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SI Units for Isothermal Incompressibility and Specific heat capacity at constant volume

I am looking for the SI units of Isothermal Incompressibility and Specific heat capacity at constant volume. What I found was that Isothermal compression was measured in $\frac{m^2}{N}$ so I'm ...
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Proof of kinetic energy equation

Is there a way to prove that $\frac{1}{2} mv^2 $$= \frac{3}{2}RT$ The first one is kinetic energy and the second is the average kinetic energy. Can this be proved by component of velocity.
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A thermos bottle containing milk is shaken vigorously

I have a conceptual physical chemistry question here. A thermos bottle containing milk is shaken vigorously. Consider the milk as the system. Will the temperature rise as a result of the shaking? ...
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Finding the equilibrium temperature between two substances in a constant pressure calorimeter

I need to find the temperature two things equilibrate to in a constant pressure calorimeter given only their specific heats, masses, and starting temps. The only thing I know for specific heat is ...
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Relation between thermodynamic reversible process and reversible reaction

I know it seems to be a weird question. But for long I have been thinking whether there is any relation between thermodynamic reversible process and reversible reaction. Do they have any connection ...
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A contradiction, probably from confusion

All things in nature tells us that high entropy is easier to happen. But then why does it takes energy to break bonds, in order to achieve high entropy. Any thing in gaseous state has higher ...
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Significance of Kinetic Velocities?

In the concept of Kinetic Molecular Theory we have rms(root mean square), avg(average) and mp(most probable) velocities. I understand the concept well. But my question is why do we have three ...
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How can a protein folding transition state have zero lifetime?

I'm doing a module on my Biochemistry course looking at protein folding, and in a discussion of [folding] transition states I was a little confused at the thought of a zero-lifetime transition state - ...
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Heat of combustion for Octane

I'm a Mechanical Engineering student and I have been working on a school project but I want to go a bit beyond that and it has led me here. I'm designing an engine cylinder, and I figured I should be ...
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Problem with thermodynamic reversible processes?

My book says 'Maximum work can be obtained only from thermodynamically reversible processes,' but why is it so? What is the cause? Actually to me the definition of reversible process is confusing. ...
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What is the lower bound to the temperature at which a fire can burn?

To have a fire, you need 1) oxygen, 2) fuel and 3) heat. You can have different fuels that burn at different temperatures, but you always need some amount of heat to have a fire. If you can use any ...
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Dry adiabatic lifting

If an unsaturated air parcel ascends adiabatically in the atmosphere with an initial temperature, would the final temperature of the air parcel, when it reaches it's destination, be the same at the ...
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Specific volume of an air parcel

So I have an unsaturated air parcel in the atmosphere that ascends adiabatically from the $1000$ mb level to the $700$ mb level with its initial temperature being $10$ degrees Celsius. I have to find ...
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Gibbs free energy of chemical compounds

How the Gibbs free energy of a chemical compound is theoretically calculated from scratch? When saying that the Gibbs free energy of NaCl is -384.1 kJ/mol, this value is related to the chemical ...
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Can we determine apriori the volume of solvent in an electrolyte

Suppose I would like to create a one molar solution of NaCl in water. The molar concentration is defined as $c_i=\frac{n_i}{V} $ $n_i=1$ in this case. I need to take 58.5 grams of NaCl (atomic ...
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Nature of spontaneous reactions

The definition of spontaneous process states that "A spontaneous process is an irreversible process and maybe reversed by some external agency" So, can we say that all spontaneous reactions are ...
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Derivation of a formula

I have a formula for finding the final temperature in an irreversible adiabatic expansion. $$T_2=\left[\frac{C_v+(\frac{P_2}{P_1})}{C_p}\right]T_1$$ where $T_1$ is the initial temperature. $C_v$ and ...
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Can lattice enthalpy only be determined by the Born-Haber cycle?

Since we are able to determine the enthapy of formation experimentally, why it is impossible to determine the lattice enthalpy directly by experiment?
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Correlation between the virial coefficients and a & b in the corresponding Van Der Waals equation of state

I don't know where to begin with this question. A function f(x) can be expressed as a special power series called the Taylor expansion. The common expansion is $(1-x)^{-1}=1+x+x^2$ Note that the ...
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How fast will hydrazine boil out of a tube into a vacuum?

For context I'm talking about ISEE-3 and how long it would take to dump the now useless and hazardous fuel it still carries. Given a heated tank of hydrazine (somewhere near $0~^\circ\mathrm{C}$) ...
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Is sign convention for delta H and enthapy change of a solution different?

I have got some confusion . In the Ncert Chemistry Tb , it is given in bold that $\Delta H$ is negative for exothermic reactions which evolve heat during the reaction and $\Delta H$ is positive for ...
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Why is pressure negative in force and work

The equation to measure work is $$w=F\cdot D$$ However, the equation for force is $$F=(-P \cdot A)$$ Plugging this into the work equation we have: $$w=-P\cdot A\cdot D$$ My question is, why is ...
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Can the thermodynamic information of a compound be calculated or must it be found emperically?

Do attributes such as heat of formation have to be found through experimentation or can they be calculated based on the attributes of the bonds and the atoms involved?
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Why is carbon monoxide the product in reactions that produce high flame temperatures?

I was looking at substances that produce the highest flame temperatures upon combustion. I note that the equations for combustion are producing carbon monoxide rather than carbon dioxide. $\ce{(CN)2 ...
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Calculating amount of ice required for heat loss

Question: Given $400.0\ \mathrm{g}$ of hot tea at $80.0 °\mathrm{C}$, what mass of ice at $0 °\mathrm{C}$ must be added to obtain iced tea at $10.0 °\mathrm{C}$? The specific heat of the tea ...
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Why is mercury used in thermometers?

I know it expands when hot and grows compact when cool (that's about all I know), but I suppose many other substances do, too. Also, and excuses for my ignorance, what the term used to describe the ...
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Thermodynamic dependency of the rate of reaction

On one hand, the larger is the reduction potential of the chemical reaction and the smaller is its activation energy the larger would be the rate of reaction, on the other hand the rate of a reaction ...
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Is 4-nitrobenzaldehyde or 4-aminobenzaldehyde more likely to be hydrated?

Of 4-nitrobenzaldehyde and 4-aminobenzaldehyde, which has the higher $\ce{K_{eq}}$ of hydration? $\qquad \qquad$ Steric factors can likely be ignored in this problem since we are dealing with ...
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Determining if reaction is endothermic or exothermic using equilbrium constant

For the following reaction: $$W_{(s)}+4\,Br_{(g)}\rightleftharpoons WBr_{4(g)}$$ At 900 K, $K_{p}=100$ and at 2800 K, $K_{p}=5$. At higher temperatures, the equilibrium has shifted towards the ...
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Why are metal oxides generally more stable than their corresponding elemental forms?

Why is the oxidation of certain metals such as iron favorable from a thermodynamic standpoint? What is it about these metal oxides that makes them inherently more thermodynamically stable than their ...
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Moist Chlorine & Hydrogen Psychrometric or Mollier Chart

In our electrolysis of brine, $\ce{Cl2}$ and $\ce{H2}$ are produced as gaseous products along with aqueous $\ce{NaOH}$. In this scenario I require what amount of maximum moisture can $\ce{Cl2}$ and ...
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The difference between heat of reaction at constant pressure and that at constant volume

If supposing the kp value of a reaction is 10 Atm at 300K and 4atm at 400K. Then how can we say that the difference between the heat of reaction at constant pressure and that at constant volume is RT ...
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What is the cause for thermodynamic reversible and irreversible process?

My book defines Thermodynamic irreversible process is defined as the process in which the changes take place rapidly, instead of occurring in successive stages with infinitesimal changes in ...
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Why is ΔE described as Q-W and Q+W in different contexts?

Depending on the textbooks looked at, the energy change is described as either Q+W or the signage is changed to Q-W. Which is correct? Is it solely context dependent? Could anyone explain the ...
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Can a solid and liquid be miscible?

To be specific, what I mean is: is the following situation possible? At given temperature T, there are two substances, X and Y, such that pure X is a solid, pure Y is a liquid, and X and Y mix to form ...
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How to calculate the heat absorbed by a reversible process?

Given a nonideal substance inside a box with diathermal walls, the pressure is increased reversibly. How do you calculate the heat absorbed? I assume we use dE = dq + dw = dq - pdV => dq = dE + ...
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Problems with thermodynamic derivatives

How is the following true? $$\left ( \frac{∂S}{∂P} \right )_{T}=\frac{-C_{P}}{T}\left ( \frac{∂T}{∂P} \right )_{S}$$ I know that $$C_{P}=T\left ( \frac{∂S}{∂T} \right )_{P}$$ which means the ...
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Is superglue a good thermal insulator?

How good of a thermal insulator is superglue compared to other materials like ceramics, plastics, and metals? I know this might not seem like a chemistry question, but I was hoping someone here could ...
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What is the correct definition of the Gibbs free energy of activation?

Is the following correct? Gibbs free energy of activation is used in energy profiles where the stabilities of the species are expressed as changes in Gibbs energy, while the activation energy Ea ...
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Why is the equilibrium constant given in litre per mole?

At $800\:\mathrm{K}$ a reaction mixture contained $0.5\:\mathrm{mol}$ of $\ce{SO2}$, $0.12\:\mathrm{mol}$ of $\ce{O2}$ and $5\:\mathrm{mol}$ of $\ce{SO3}$ at equilibrium. $K_c$ for the equilibrium ...