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

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How much heat (in J) is required to produce 2.0L of N2(g) at 77.36 K and 1.0 atm?

The only thing that is given is: The enthalpy of vaporization for $N_2(l)$ is 5.56 kJ/mol. There aren't any examples similar to this problem in the textbook. I only know how to get energy using: $...
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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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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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How much activation energy is required to combust propane?

According to WolframAlpha, the change in enthalphy in the combustion of propane is -2220 kJ/mol. How do I calculate the activation energy required start the reaction in the first place? Do you use the ...
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Clarifications on the calculation of the $\Delta\mathrm{G}$ of a reaction

I'm trying to calculate the $\Delta\mathrm{G}$ of the following reaction. Are my calculations correct? I'm also a bit puzzled, 'cause this is a endoergonic reaction right? But the $\Delta\mathrm{G}$ ...
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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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How to determine Delta H from the heat of combustion?

The heat of combustion of 2-propanol at 298.15 K, determined in a bomb calorimeter, is -33.41 kJ/g. For the combustion of one mole of 2-propanol, determine (a) $\Delta U$ and (b) $\Delta H$ So I ...
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Why is the enthalpy change not zero in an adiabatic process?

Which of the following must be true for adiabatic processes? $C_V = C_p$ $\Delta H = 0$ $\Delta U = 0$ $\Delta S = 0$ $q = 0$ (Source: Chemistry GRE) The answer is $q = 0$. From ...
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Intuition for electrode potential

If I connect a zinc half cell (Left hand side) and a copper half cell (right hand side), I get an E cell value of 1.1V taken from the voltmeter. If I replace the voltmeter with a light bulb, I will ...
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Does the bond dissociation enthalpy vary with temperature?

The $\ce{H-H}$ bond enthalpy is $436 \mathrm{kJ/mol}$: $$\ce{H2 (g) -> 2H (g)} \qquad \Delta H = +436 \mathrm{kJ/mol}$$ Does this only apply at the standard temperature of $298 \text{K}$, i.e. ...
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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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Enthalpy: when and how does it vary? [closed]

I have been looking for a physical explanation for entropy and enthalpy variations. An example would be the air system of a vehicle, where people say we have a strong enthalpy and entropy variations ...
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Calculating standard enthalpy of reaction, which reactant to choose for the amount of substance

For example, this reaction: $$\ce{2NaOH + H2SO4 -> Na2SO4 + H2O}$$ Suppose both concentrations are $1\ \mathrm{mol\ l^{-1}}$ (standard condition). There is $0.02\ \mathrm{mol}$ ($20\ \mathrm{cm^3}$...
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What non-toxic non-water substances have a freezing point very close to water's?

I was linked to a Kickstarter for a cooling ball to be placed in drinks which claims with constant marketing hyperbole how much it relies on "Phase Change" ! which is a neat concept and seems not ...
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Why do molecules have to first transform to gas before doing a reaction?

I have to calculate the enthalpy of the reaction $$\ce{Cs(l) + 1/2I2(s) -> CsI(s)}$$ and the answer is $$\Delta H_f = \Delta H_{vap}^{\ce{Cs}} + \frac{1}{2}\Delta H_{subl}^{\ce{I2}} + \frac{1}{2}E_{...
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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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Why won't water freeze if you put ice in it, despite ice being frozen?

Just now I got some room temperature water and added some ice to cool it, and it just came to me, like the scientist I wish I was ... why doesn't frozen (freezing point) ice added to higher ...
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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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Is the activation barrier of a reaction related to the free energy or heat of formation of its reactants?

The energy barrier for activation appears in the derivation of a bimolecular reaction through collision or transition state theory, but it seems that from looking at diagram such as this one it seems ...
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Thermodynamic Cycle

What is the value for $\Delta_f G^0(\ce{Cl^-}, \ce{aq})$ in this thermodynamic cylce: Do you agree it should be (with the formation free energy of $\ce{H^+} = 0$) $$-\Delta_f G^0(\ce{Cl^-}, \ce{aq}) ...
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What is the standard heat of formation of the nitrate ion, based on the standard enthalpy of formation of silver nitrate?

Given the standard enthalpy of formation of $\ce{AgNO3(aq)} = -99 \text{ kJ/mol}$ and the standard enthalpy of formation of $\ce{Ag+(aq)} = +105 \text{ kJ/mol}$, what's the standard heat of formation ...
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When is it okay to use $Q=mc\Delta T$, is this equation only for calorimetry questions?

When is it okay to use $Q=mc\Delta T$, is the equation only for calorimetry questions? When a question talks about heat how do I know if i'm measuring $\Delta H$ or Q?
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What defines the specific enthalpy of atomization? [duplicate]

1 mol of $\ce{F2}$ is turned into $\ce{2F}$ (atoms). Is this the specific enthalpy of atomization, or two times that?
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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 Calculations, Heat of Formation/Combustion

I just don't understand how to do these and would really appreciate your help. 1) Ammonium dichromate decomposes in a reaction when heated. Calculate the heat transferred for the decomposition of 53....
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How can oxygen atoms suddenly appear on the product side of an equation?

The question states the following equation: $$ \ce{C(s) + 2H2(g) -> CO2(g) + 2H2O}$$ And then asks you to calculate the enthalpy change for it, given enthalpies of combustion. The stated values ...
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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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What is the energy package released to the outside world?

Consider a chemical reaction where two different particles form another one $$\ce{O + O_2 -> O_3}$$ I find it confusing how this can be an exothermic process. How to picture the release of $+\...
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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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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_\...