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A thermodynamic state function describing the total energy content of a system.

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Is the S–O bond strength in sulfur trioxide or sulfite anion larger?

Can you please explain the difference between the bond enthalpies in sulfurtrioxide $\ce{SO3}$ and the sulfite anion $\ce{SO3^{2-}}$?
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How is heat physically released in an exothermic process?

Many non-covalent interactions (e.g. electrostatic interactions) result in decreased entropy and are driven by negative enthalpy. If the heat released in the reaction has its physical basis in an ...
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Difference between exothermic and exergonic

In High School I learned that an exothermic reactions releases energy, while an endothermic reaction needs energy to occur. Now I learned that there is a separate, somewhat similar classification ...
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Comparing formula for enthalpy change with bond dissociation energy and formation enthalpy

I learnt that given a reaction: $$\ce{A -> B}$$ the enthalpy change is given by: $$\Delta H = \left( \begin{array}{c} \text{total enthalpy of}\\ \text{bonds broken}\end{array}\right)-\left( \begin{...
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Why is heating increasing the solubility of sodium hydroxide?

\begin{align} \ce{NaOH &-> Na+ + OH-} & \Delta H^\circ &= \pu{-44.51 kJ/mol} \end{align} The dissolution of sodium hydroxide in water is an exothermic process, and so, according to Le ...
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Enthalpy definitions. What are their main differences?

The definition of enthalpy is properly described in here. The principal objective of this question is mainly academic. In order to any students with internet connection can find a definition and an ...
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Is ΔS of a system related to temperature and change in enthalpy?

I often see the equation $\Delta S_\text{universe}$ = $\Delta S_\text{surroundings}$ + $\Delta S_\text{system}$, where $\Delta S_\text{surroundings}$ can be re-expressed in terms of the enthalpy ...
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Intuition on Gibbs Free Energy

In many places, I read that Gibbs Free Energy is called "free energy" because some of the enthalpy that comes from the chemical reaction becomes "waste heat" due to a change in the entropy of the ...
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A theoretical molecule that could match uranium mole-for-mole

XKCD #1162 piqued my curiosity. Obviously, there's nothing we generally use as a chemical fuel that can match the energy density of uranium fission. But I wondered what it would take, hypothetically, ...
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Quotable Literature for the Enthalpy of a Proton

A proton obviously has no electronic energy, no vibrational and no rotational degrees of freedom. Therefore I think it is fair to assume, that $$H(\ce{H+})=\frac32\cdot \mathcal{R}\cdot T$$ holds for ...
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What exactly does the "per mole" unit of heat of atomization mean?

I am facing a confusion in the definition of the standard enthalpy of atomization. The confusion arises because of the "per mole" in its units ($\pu{kJ mol^-1}$). My question: When I say "per mole", ...
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Change in Gibbs free energy vs. change in enthalpy

When learning about other thermodynamic quantities, like $\Delta H$, I was taught that this represents the energy absorbed or released by a system after the reaction has gone 100% to completion. For ...
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Internal Energy vs Enthalpy

I struggle to see the difference between internal energy and enthalpy, or at least the need for differentiation between the two. I understand that enthalpy, supposedly unlike internal energy, accounts ...
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What is an example of a very low temperature endothermic reaction?

Shakashiri describes the reaction of solid Ammonium Thiocyanate and solid Barium Hydroxide Octahydrate resulting in an endothermic reaction leading to subzero temperatures. I've performed this ...
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Why is the standard enthalpy of formation of elements in their native forms zero?

Why is the standard enthalpy of formation of $\ce{O2}$ and other reference forms of elements equal to zero? Well, from what I know, bonding releases energy. Also, does anybody know a source for ...
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Negative and Zero Enthalpy?

I've been investigating chemical kinetics and stumbled across the CHEMKIN program manuals and the JANAF tables. In the original CHEMKIN database they list 'standard enthalpy'. I've checked and this is ...
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Difference between lattice energy and thermal stability

For an ionic compound, is it always true that the greater the thermal stability, the greater the lattice energy. E.g. for 2 ionic compounds MX and MY, if MX has a higher thermal stability than MY, ...
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Can dissolution reactions be endothermic?

Is it possible for a dissolution reaction of the form $$\ce{X(s) ->[solvent] X (solv)}$$ or $$\ce{M_mX_x (s) ->[solvent] m M^x+ (solv) + x X^m- (solv)}$$ to be endothermic, i.e. $\Delta_\...
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Enthalpy and Internal Energy for Isothermal Expansion

Considering a system with constant atmospheric pressure , i.e a massless piston sitting in a cylinder containing water. At constant temperature say $\rm 100\,^{\circ} C$, the water turns into vapour ...
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What is Enthalpy?

At school, they teach the following two formulas: $$\Delta H = -mc\Delta T$$ and $$q= mc\Delta T$$ What i am not sure is that my teacher says that q and $\Delta H$ are the same thing but to think of q ...
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Why change in enthalpy is negative?

I noticed that the enthalpy of the products of an exothermic reaction (bonds formed are stronger than bonds broken) is lower than the enthalpy of the reactants. Enthalpy equals internal energy plus $...
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What is the exact definition of state functions? How to determine state functions?

How do you know if something is a state function? I know Internal Energy (U) is a state function since it is the sum of energies, which is constant at a given time. However I don't know for sure if $...
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The dissolution of ammonium chloride

The dissolution of ammonium chloride is used to cool a container of water placed in the solution. It's an endothermic process. What absorbs the heat and what loses it?
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Confusion in change in enthalpy relation

In the equation $$\Delta H = \Delta U + \Delta PV,$$ under what circumstances can we simplify it into $$\Delta H = \Delta U + P\,\Delta V + V\,\Delta P$$ by product rule? In this article (pdf ...
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Need help understanding Enthalpy

My chemistry textbook says that: Enthalpy (Internal Energy) = chemical potential energy + thermal energy Now, I know that Enthalpy and Internal Energy are different so I really don't understand what ...
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Why is enthalpy of atomization of Mn exceptionally low?

Transition elements usually have high values, especially so for greater number of unpaired electrons. Why the exception here?
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Heat of formation of aqueous H⁺

Heat of formation of aqueous $\ce{H+}$ is taken to be zero, by convention. Heat of formation is energy released or absorbed when 1 mole of a compound is formed from its elements in their standard ...
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Where to find data for Gibbs energy, enthalpy, and entropy?

Where can you find the enthalpy and Gibbs free energy of formation and entropy of compounds either as a data file or web API? Technically, I only need two since I can figure out the other one from two ...
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Infinite Increase in Entropy when Energy added to Absolute Zero

My textbook states the following: If a system were at absolute zero, an additional small amount of heat energy would lead to an infinite increase in entropy. Such a state is impossible. Absolute ...
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How is enthalpy change equal to heat supplied at constant volume?

We know that: $$\begin{align} H &= U + pV \\ \Delta H &= \Delta U + \Delta (pV) \end{align}$$ Now, If $p$ is constant, $$\begin{align} \Delta H &= \Delta U + p\Delta V \\ &= q_p + ...
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Why is the standard enthalpy of formation of black phosphorus not zero? [duplicate]

Black phosphorus is the most stable allotrope of phosphorus. Then why is its standard enthalpy of formation not taken as zero?
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How is it possible for a substance to have a high heat of vaporization but a low boiling point?

The final paragraph of Dissenter's question here is worthy of standing alone: [H]ow does one square a high heat of vaporization with a low boiling point? If it takes a lot of energy to vaporize ...
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Why are there different values for enthalpy of combustion, depending on the calculation method?

Why are there different values for enthalpy of combustion, depending on the calculation method? Take for example the combustion of ethanol: $$\ce{C2H5OH(l) + 3O2(g) -> 2CO2(g) + 3H2O (l)}$$ If I ...
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Methane seems to dissolve more readily in cold water. Why?

When you are diluting air in the system and/or properly evacuating it, you must consider water temperature. Methane is completely dissolved in water at 42 degrees Fahrenheit (5.5 C) but can be ...
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Are precipitations exothermic and/or endothermic?

Should be an easy one. I'm fumbling a concept. I've read precipitations are exothermic. Is this accurate? Why would there be no endothermic precipitation reactions?
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Does covalent character increase or decrease bond strength? [closed]

On one hand, covalent character increases the bond dissociation enthalpy (i.e., more energy is needed to be put in) and on the other it lowers the melting point of $\ce{Al2O3}$ to a value lower then ...
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What is the difference between enthalpy of formation and Gibbs free energy of formation?

I'm having trouble (not alone, apparently) understanding the concept of Gibbs free energy, but I'm beginning to. What I still don't understand, however, is how Gibbs free energy of formation differs ...
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Mathematical basis of why enthalpy of mixing is 0 for ideal gas

For this case, let's say there are two identical chambers connected by a small tube, constant pressure and temperature. There's a closed valve that separates the two chambers. Within the chambers ...
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Does entropy contribute work?

I've seen that Gibbs free energy is defined as the maximum amount of work that a system can do. From this I gather, this is how much energy it will release - right? But, I've also learnt that the heat ...
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Why is the enthalpy of vaporization greater than the enthalpy of fusion?

Why is the molar enthalpy of vaporization of a substance larger than its molar enthalpy of fusion (at constant pressure); for example, in the case of ice and water.
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How to determine the sign of the enthalpy of formation?

During the formation of $\ce{Al2O3}$ from 5.4 grams of $\ce{Al}$ and enough oxygen, the temperature of 2 kg of water climbs by 20 degrees. What’s the enthalpy of formation of $\ce{Al2O3}$ (per mole) ? ...
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Enthalpy of the reaction between hydrogen and oxygen

The reaction between hydrogen and oxygen to yield water vapor has $\Delta H^\circ = \pu{- 484 kJ}$. How much $pV$ work is done, and what is the value of $\Delta E$ in kilojoules for the reaction of $...
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Equation of enthalpy

This question arises because: by giving classes in thermodynamics, I have observed that students are often confused between the different definitions (or applications) of the enthalpy concept. The ...
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What is meant by electrons moving to lower potential energy?

I am currently learning about chemical bonds in chemistry, and came across somebody who wrote this (source): "Chemical bonds certainly "contain" potential energy, and the atoms want to move to a ...
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Why does the heat of formation of organic radicals and positive ions decrease with their size and degree of branching at the radical or ionic site?

I am currently studying the textbook Mass Spectrometry, third edition, by Jürgen H. Gross. Chapter 2.4.3 Bond Dissociation Energies and Heats of Formation says the following: The heat of formation ...
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Using enthalpies of formation and combustion to find formation enthalpy of Acetylene (Hess' Law)

I understand this is a simple question (I’m in high school), but for some reason the numbers just are not working for me. Given: $$\Delta H^\circ_\text{c} = -1301\ \mathrm{kJ}\ \text{for}\ \ce{C2H2(...
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Enthalpy of formation of ammonium bicarbonate

I'm helping with correcting lab reports, and one of the experiments the students did was heating of ammonium bicarbonate, $\ce{NH_3HCO_3}$ in powder form, over Bunsen burners, which turns the compound ...
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Why are IUPAC's definitions of exo- and endothermic disconnected from the direction of heat flow?

I'm wondering if anyone can provide a rationale for IUPAC's definitions of exothermic and endothermic, since they disconnect these terms from the direction of heat flow. Specifically, here are IUPAC'...
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Entropy and specific heat capacity

I have seen the equation $S(T_2)=S(T_1)+C_p\ln(T_2/T_1)$ where $C_p$ is the molar heat capacity at a constant pressure. I understand that this assumes that the temperature range is sufficiently small ...
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Is a carbon-fluorine bond stronger than a carbon-chlorine bond?

In hydrolysis/nucleophilic substitution of haloalkanes, the bond enthalpy indicates the rate of hydrolysis (e.g. the $\ce {C-I}$ bond is weaker than the $\ce {C-Cl}$ bond so in hydrolysis the alkane ...