# Questions tagged [thermodynamics]

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### How can I find the Van der Waals constants (a and b) without any critical values?

I'm given a container of gas that is kept at constant temperature, and whose volume is decreased by applying pressure, from A to E, as the graph shows. I am given the temperature, the total moles in ...
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### What is the formula for vapor pressure of liquid related to surface tension of liquid?

What is the formula for vapor pressure of liquid related to surface tension of liquid? I know that if the surface tension increases, vapor pressure will decrease. Toluene evaporates faster than ...
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### What happens when Ar and HCl are mixed at 77 K? [closed]

So our teacher asked us a simple question in the classroom: What happens when Ar and HCl are mixed at 77 K? and no other information was given. We replied various possible answers for that such ...
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### Thermochemical data for thiocyanatoiron(III) ion

I am currently writing a lab report about the formation constant of $\ce{FeSCN^2+}.$ All I could find online was a formation constant at $\pu{25 °C}$ $(890),$ which was 70% higher than the ...
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### Calculation of irreversible surrounding entropy

I have a specific query. In my undergraduate book Physical chemistry by Engel and Reid, sample problem 5.8 calculates the change in entropy of the surroundings and system for an irreversible ...
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### Derivation of relationship between Gibbs free energy and electrochemical cell potential

Why is $\Delta G=-nFE?$ I don't understand what the motivation is behind this definition. Was it derived or just given? The textbook provides no justification for this equation. In fact, much of the ...
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### Energy of mercury(II) oxide decomposition

Study check 9.11 from [1, p. 298]: Mercury(II) oxide decomposes to mercury and oxygen. $$\ce{2 HgO -> 2Hg + O2}\quad ΔH = \pu{+182 kJ}$$ […] b. How many kilojoules are needed when ...
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### Internal energy change for reactions at constant volume vs constant pressure

The reaction of cyanamide, $\ce{NH2CN(s)},$ with dioxygen was carried out in a bomb calorimeter, and $∆U$ was found to be $\pu{–742.7 kJ mol-1}$ at $\pu{298 K}.$ Calculate enthalpy change for the ...
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### Measurement of the lattice energy

The lattice energy of a solid ionic compound is the energy released when one mole of the solid compound is formed from its constituent gaseous ions at $\ce {298 K}$ and $\ce {1 bar}$. However, gaseous ...
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### Negative Pressures in Van der Waals Equation of State

This is the plot of the Van der Waals equations: As you can see, the Van der Waals equation predicts a "stretched liquid" area (MNS). Is this physically feasible and what exactly happens there? Are ...
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### Work done by a gas in thermodynamics

A given mass of gas expands from state A to state B by three paths 1, 2, 3 as shown in the figure below. If $W_1,$ $W_2$ and $W_3$ are respectively, be the work done by the gas along ...
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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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### Thermodynamic statements [closed]

Question 13 from [1, p. 4.2]: Which of the following statements is true? (a) An ideal gas always obeys the equation: $PV^γ = \mathrm{constant}$ in adiabatic process. (b) An ideal gas ...
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### Why is the maximum adiabatic temperature found for an equivalence ratio a bit higher than 1?

Why does the peak adiabatic temperature usually happen for an equivalence ratio a bit higher than 1? I think it had something to do with the probability of each fuel molecule finding a corresponding ...
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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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### Is enthalpy of combustion the 'heat released' or 'enthalpy change'?

In a constant volume calorimeter, $\pu{3.5 g}$ of a gas with molar weight $\pu{28 g}$ was burnt in excess $\ce{O2}$ at $\pu{298 K}.$ Temperature of calorimeter increased from $298$ to $\pu{298.45 K}$ ...
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### Change in enthalpy equation [closed]

If the formula for change in enthalpy is ΔH=ΔU+pΔV, and ΔU = q - pΔV then shouldn't the formula be simplified to ΔH = q regardless of whether the volume or pressure is constant? Is this only true when ...
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### Is it really possible for a liquid to stay afloat a gas (vapor)?

I have a book at home called Chemical Thermodynamics for Process Simulation (I have the first edition) and at the very beginning of chapter 2 of the book one may read the following: No reference is ...
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### Is there a substance I can use to coat a projectile to eliminate friction heat?

Let's say that I was going to shoot a can of beer into space from one of those "vacuum cannons." I would expect that the friction with the air around the projectile would cause the whole thing to just ...
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### Work done in cyclic process [closed]

I have been told that when ∆V=0, work done will be zero (W=0). I know that, in cyclic process ∆V will be zero, since it's a path function and |W| i.e. magnitude of work done will be the area enclosed ...
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While studying about the entropy change of surroundings in irreversible adiabatic process, I came across a sentence. For infinite reservoir, all processes are considered reversible And suddenly ...
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### Heat exchange in adiabatic process

I know my teacher told me that In adiabatic process there is no exchange for heat between system and surrounding. Then he came to point. From first law of thermodynamics $$∆U = q + W \tag{1}$$ ...
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### qualitatively: Why are thioesters more reactive than regular esters? [duplicate]

In ochem students are taught that shorter bonds (like alkynes) have more energy than longer bonds such as alkanes. However in biochem we are taught that thioesters are very energetic bonds and release ...
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### Why Gibbs energy change of a process can be negative at constant temperature and pressure? [closed]

This question has been asked before, but the answers are not clear and satisfactory. If the pressure and the temperature are constant then G would be always zero. How would then G have a value other ...
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### What is the true meaning of Gibbs energy and chemical potential?

After doing some research and reading I found some problems which I will try to state as clearly as possible. The definition of Gibbs Free Energy says "the greatest amount of mechanical work which ...
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### Is pH in a charged hydrogel and its supernatant solution constant?

Let us assume we deal with ideal systems without interactions. The gel phase and the supernatant solution phase are in thermodynamic equilibrium. The supernatant solution shall consist of different ...
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### What are D_b and D_a in the Generalized Fugacity Coefficients table?

I've been referring the book: Chemical Process Principles: Part-II Thermodynamics. I found a table that gives me fugacity coefficients in a tabular form corresponding to various reduced pressures and ...
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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'...
Ammonium carbamate dissociates as follows: $$\ce{NH2COONH4(s)<=> 2NH3(g) + CO2(g)}$$ The value of $K_p$ for this reaction is found to be equal to $\pu{2.92 \times 10^-5 atm^3}$. If ...