# Questions tagged [enthalpy]

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

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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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### Algebra of conserved quantities for chemical reactions

So there is the standard formation enthalpy $\Delta H^0_f$ and there is also formation entropy. Are there more (independent) quantities? What about the heat capacity? Is there a general theoretical ...
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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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### How to calculate the entropy change of benzene when it changes from vapour into liquid?

Given information: The boiling point of benzene at atmospheric pressure is $353~\mathrm{K}$ the enthalpy of vaporization of benzene is $30.8~\mathrm{kJ~mol^{−1}}$ at this temperature. ...
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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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### 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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### How much energy is stored when H+ is converted to H2?

I'm doing a write-up for this for my students: Source: Amirav Research Group (Facebook) The energy of formation of isopropyl alcohol is $-318.2~\mathrm{kJ/mol}$ (kilojoules per mole), that of ...
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### Heat involved in isenthalpic process

Question 28 from [1, p. 4.4]: An ideal gas is expanded irreversibly from $\pu{5 L}$ to $\pu{10 L}$ against a constant external pressure of $\pu{1 bar}.$ The value of heat involved $(q)$ in this ...
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### What is the proper term for lines of constant volume and constant enthalpy on a thermodynamic diagram?

I know an isotherm is a line of constant temperature. Isobar is a constant pressure line. Isentrope is a line of constant entropy. But what do you call a line of constant volume? An Isochore? And ...
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### Thermodynamics: Relation between different types of energy: My Analogy

I have always been confused between the different kind of energies in thermodynamics so today I thought of finally getting it right. Here's my analogy(which is wrong and I need help in improving it, ...
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### Is dH(S,P) = dH(T,P) true (always)?

I came across an interesting question with some physical chemistry students today. Based on the following steps, we're uncertain whether the statement in the title is/could be true. Assuming $dN = 0$, ...
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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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### How can I figure out whether a reaction is endothermic or exothermic without its enthalpy value?

I already know the way to determine whether if the given reaction is exothermic or endothermic by the enthalpy values. But is it possible without enthalpy values, and just by looking at the reaction? ...
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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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### Is it possible to freeze water by dissolving a salt?

Theoretically, by dissolving a salt in water the melting point lowers, approximately 1.86 K kg/mol, making it more difficult to freeze water. However, the process of dissolution of certain salts is ...
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### Reaction-enthalpy for synthesis of 40 g hydrazine

Calculate the reaction-enthalpy for the synthesis of 40 g hydrazine (rocketfuel): $$\ce{4NH3(g) + Cl2 (g) -> N2H4(l) + 2 NH4Cl(s)}$$ Attempt at solution: First we have to account for the ...
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### Calculation of the enthalpy change of reactions

First, I’m a high school student and I wonder why every textbook just tells you how to set up those equations and cancel them to get the entropy change but never tells you why you can cancel the same ...
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 ...