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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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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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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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Increasing the solubility of sodium hydroxide

$\ce{NaOH -> Na+ + OH-} \quad \Delta H^\circ = -44.51\ \mathrm{kJ/mol}$ The dissolution of sodium hydroxide in water is an exothermic process, and so, according to Le Chatelier’s principle, ...
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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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 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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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 ...
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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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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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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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Can an exothermic (endothermic) process increase (decrease) internal energy?

We classify exothermic and endothermic processes based on enthalpy change, $\Delta H < 0$ and $\Delta H > 0$ respectively. I assume this translates to $\Delta U < 0$ and $\Delta U > 0$, ...
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Can a reaction with positive Gibbs free energy change ever occur?

If you have an endothermic reaction with a negative entropy change, is it still possible to induce the reaction in some way despite the fact that the Gibbs free energy change is positive or all ...
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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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Is it possible to calculate specific heat capacity of a compound based on its elements' heat capacities?

What the question says. For example, if I knew the specific heat capacities of lithium and oxygen, could I work out the specific heat capacity of lithium oxide with no further information?
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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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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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Enthalpy change and equilibrium

I don't understand why enthalpy change won't change at an equilibrium? The reason I ask this is because of this question: At first I thought the answer is C, but I realised that the amount depends ...
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What is the significance of the “Standard Temperature” in Standard Enthalpies of Formation tables?

In my data book, there's a list of common compounds and their molar enthalpies of formation -- at 298.15 K. What's the meaning of this given temperature value (is it the final temperature of the ...
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(P1,T1) -> to (P2,T2) then what will be the change in enthalpy for ideal gas?

I need to prove that it is equal to the integral of $C_pdT$ from $T_1$ to $T_2$. But should not be the case only when the pressure is constant?
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Ethane and ethene: which is easier to burn? Which one burns hotter? Why?

Anything that burns "easy", has a low activation energy ($E_\mathrm a$) for the burning process. Anything that burns hotter, will have a lesser enthalpy and thus, will have a more aggressive ...
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Why do we use pV term independent of U in the equation H = U + pV? [duplicate]

I have read the following definition of enthalpy in my textbook: A substance has to occupy some space in its surroundings depending upon its volume ($V$). It does against the compressing influence ...
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Is the dissolution of sodium acetate trihydate endothermic?

Sodium acetate trihydrate dissolves in water to its constituent ions: $$\ce{NaOAc.3H2O (s) ->[H2O] Na+ (aq) + OAc- (aq) + 3H2O (l)}$$ The crystallisation of sodium acetate from a supersaturated ...
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How to calculate the enthalpy change of water?

Calculate the $\Delta H$ of the reaction where $2.6\:\mathrm{g}$ of water, $C_\mathrm{s}= 4.184 \mathrm{\frac{J}{g\:K}}$ is heated, raising the temperature increases from $298\:\mathrm{K}$ to $303\:\...
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Calculating bond dissociation enthalpy of F-F bond

$$\ce{N2 + 3 F2 -> 2 NF3} \quad ΔH = \pu{-263 kJ mol-1}$$ The bond dissociation enthalpies of the nitrogen triple bond and nitrogen–flourine bond are $\pu{946 kJ mol-1}$ and $\pu{272 kJ mol-1}....
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Metal vs. Styrofoam cup calorimeter?

For a metal cup as opposed to a styrofoam cup calorimeter, do you expect the enthalpy of the reaction to be higher, lower, or the same? I think the enthalpy of the reaction would be the same in the ...
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How do I calculate the enthalpy change when a gas is being used to heat water?

The question I'm trying to answer is: Calculate the mass of butane gas that would be needed to heat $724\ \mathrm{cm^3}$ of water from an initial temperature of $7.44\ \mathrm{^\circ C}$ to $50.7\...
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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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What is V times dP?

Work is defined when there is a change of volume. Mathematically, $W=-\int P\, dV$. When pressure is constant $W= P\, \Delta V$. For an ideal gas expansion we have $W= nRT\ln\frac{V_2}{V_1}$. If its ...