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Active transport of Ca2+ ions against chemical and electrostatic gradients, assisted by ATP hydrolisis

I have a homework question that I am not able to solve. No solution is available, so I was hoping someone here could help. The question is this: Calculate the maximal concentration ratio that can ...
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Calculating melting temperature of water with thermodynamical data

So at zero degrees celsius($\pu{273 K}$), for clean water, we have the equilibrium eq.: $\ce{H2O(s) = H2O(l)}$ As it is at equilibrium, we know that $\Delta G = 0$. As we are dealing with clean ...
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Do endothermic reaction have higher energy products than reactants?

If a reaction absorbs energy does that mean it has a net gain of energy?
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Is temperature double-counted in the Gibbs free energy equation?

Complete amateur here. When looking at one form of the equation deriving the change in Gibbs free energy for a given chemical reaction, the terms change in enthalpy, and the negative product of ...
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Thermodynamics behind organic chemical reactions? [closed]

I took organic chemistry a few years ago at my university, and although I went through the motions to pass the exams, I didn't understand the thermodynamic reasoning behind why the reactions actually ...
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Why are the plastic balls used to reduce evaporation in this reservoir black instead of white?

Plastic balls have been added to a reservoir in drought stricken California in order to reduce evaporation. (Link to news story here.) Why are the balls colored black instead of white? I would ...
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Why does temperature affect cell potential?

The Nernst equation describes the relationship between cell potential and temperature. But why does temperature affect cell potential? My understanding is that the collision model of kinetics is not ...
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Calculation of equilibrium constant for dissolution of iron(II) fluoride in acid

I am reviewing for the AP Chemistry test, and the question is this $$ \ce{FeF2(s) <=> Fe^2+(aq) + 2F^- (aq) } \quad K_1 = 2\times 10^{-6} $$ $$ \ce{F- (aq) + H+ (aq) <=> HF(aq)} \quad ...
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Why do we use external pressure when calculating work done by gas? [duplicate]

For irreversible expansion and compression, why is dw= -pextdV but not dw= -pdV ? Many of the texts and related questions on this site I encountered give a same general idea: because work done= ...
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What is the difference between enthalpy (H) and heat (q)?

It seems that in some cases it's the same (that is, $\Delta Q_p=\Delta H$) yet in others they differ. For example, \begin{align} \ce{2H2(g) + O2(g) &->2H2O(l)} & \Delta H &= -572~\...
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Understanding the derivation of Gibbs Free Energy

In the equation: $$ΔG=ΔH−TΔS$$ I am having trouble understanding my professor's derivation of it from $$ΔS_{\mathrm{univ}}=ΔS_{\mathrm{sys}}+ΔS_{\mathrm{surroundings}}$$ where he says $$ΔS_{\mathrm{...
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Relation between the virial coefficients and van der Waals constants

I don't know where to begin with this question. A function $f(x)$ can be expressed as a special power series called the Taylor expansion. The common expansion is $(1-x)^{-1}=1+x+x^2$ Note that the ...
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Relation between ΔH and ΔE for the reaction in gaseous phase at constant temperature and pressure

Which of the following statements is correct for the reaction at constant temperature and pressure: $$\ce{CO(g) + \frac{1}{2}O_2(g) -> CO2(g)}$$ $\Delta H = \Delta E$ $\Delta H > \...
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Given Kd find equilibrium concentrations of the reactants

$$\ce{Biotin + Avidin → Complex}$$ Biotin is a vitamin derivative that binds extremely tightly to avidin (a protein found in egg white) with a $K_\mathrm{d}$ of $\pu{1e-15 M}$. If you make a ...
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Correct Generalization for Adair Equation?

I know how to derive the Adair Equation for n binding sites the long way, writing n+1 mini equations and linking them to relate all sub $K_b$ values to $K_{b-intrinsic}$. Tried to find a general ...
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Current and reversible heat in battery reaction

In the book Battery Technology Handbook by Kiehne [1] (Google Books) on page 21, equation (32): The reversible heat effect per time unit can be related to current flow, because each multiple of the ...
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Why are Alcohol Dehydration Reactions Favored by High Temperatures?

If I go by the Gibbs' free energy formula, it makes sense that high temperatures make the dehydration of alcohols more feasible, as elimination reactions usually have a positive value for the change ...
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Energy balance in battery thermodynamics

I am trying to understand the derivation of a general energy balance in battery thermodynamics. The following relation is frequently found to determine the heat generation of a battery: $\dot{Q} = \...
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How do I turn room temperature water into boiling water for drinking using an chemical/additive?

I am trying to create instant boiling water using a chemical of sorts, so that it can be consumed by a human. For example; someone could make tea without a kettle or any available water heating ...
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Trying to understand rationale behind Joule-Thomson experiment

The purpose of the original Joule (as opposed to JT) expansion experiment was to assess intermolecular interactions in real gases. In that experiment, Joule immersed twin glass globes into a water ...
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Negative Molar Specific Heat of a Gas

It is known that the specific heat of a gas is process dependent. So it must be theoretically possible to have a negative value for a gas according to the following equation (for polytropic process, $...
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Why does the derivation Gibbs-Helmholtz equation hold when the enthalpy is temperature-dependant

The derivation shown here assumes H and U are independant of temperature, right? But what if $H(T) = H_{0}+C_V \Delta T $? Then $dG = C_V\, dT - SdT$, right? So $ \displaystyle \left( \frac{\partial ...
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How to calculate dew point of air-water system

I want to calculate the maximum water holding capacity of air at a given temperature (as in $\frac{max\ mass\ of\ water}{mass\ of\ dry\ air} $ vs temperature) I looked up online and there are ...
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Change in heat of photosynthesis

Consider a plant that uses the energy it receives from the sun to do work (to undergo photosynthesis) to produce glucose. The minimum amount of work this plant can do to produce 1 mole of glucose is ...
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Energy at constant Entropy and Volume

The system of constant entropy and constant volume will attain the equilibrium in a state of minimum energy. Why? I know that: $\Delta G= \Delta H-T\Delta S$ And at constant volume and entropy: $\...
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Gibbs Free Energy Notation

What's the difference between $G$, $\Delta G$, $\Delta G^\circ$, and $\Delta_\mathrm r G^\circ$? I've seen the first two used interchangably, and seen $G$ specifically referred to as change in Gibbs ...
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Derivation of relationship betwee standard Gibbs energy of reaction and equilibrium constant? [closed]

How does one derive $\Delta_\mathrm r G^\circ = -RT\ln(K)$? I don't see the connection mathematically or conceptually; how does Gibbs at all relate to the equilibrium constant of a reaction? This was ...
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Which quantities change when choosing a different standard state?

Chemistry and biochemistry use a different standard state. For example, the standard hydrogen ion concentration is the one at pH = 0 in one case, and the one at neutral pH in the other case. Which ...
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Calculate the energy in the form of heat (in kJ) required to convert 325 grams of liquid water at 20.0 °C to steam at 115 °C

Calculate the energy in the form of heat (in kJ) required to convert 325 g of liquid water at 20.0 °C to steam at 115 °C. Assume that no energy in the form of heat is transferred to the environment. (...
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What is the difference between ΔG and ΔG “with an o on top”? [duplicate]

What is the difference between $\Delta G$ and $\Delta G^\circ$? I couldn't figure it out. Ex: $\Delta G^\circ = -RT\ln K$ $\Delta G = \Delta G^\circ + RT \ln Q$ What is the difference, is it that $\...
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Chemical Equilibria - Fraction Bound equation based on Kd, [R], [L], [RL], is actually an average?

Let's say 150 stem cells express exactly 150 copies of the same mebrane antigen X. While all differentiated cells express exactly 15 copies of X. To the cell mixture you add a large amount of 0.2 μM ...
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Thermodynamics - Series Reaction - Estimating mols of reactants based on Free Energy of Rxn

Question Three reactions occur simulteneously (assume ideal) at $\pu{T = 0^\circ C}$. $$\ce{A<=>B<=>C<=>D}$$ a) With $\Delta_r G^\circ_\text{AB} = \pu{400 J/mol}$, $\...
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Enzyme Kinetics - Given Km find substrate concentration at a certain velocity

From what I understand about the Michaelis Menten Model Km defines the amount of substrate required to reach half-saturation. 1/2 Vmax corresponds to Km on the x axis Generic formula is v = Kcat [...
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Work done in an isothermal irreversible process

In calculating the work done in an isothermal irreversible process, why do we consider the external pressure only (using formula: $W_{\text{ext}} = P_{\text{ext}} \mathrm{d}V)$ but not the internal ...
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Contribution of vibrational degrees of freedom

The ratio $\displaystyle\frac{C_p}{C_v}$ for linear triatomic molecules including vibration contribution is given by: ? Attempt: We are aware that $C_v = \frac{fR}{2}$ and $C_p = C_v+ R$ Hence, $\...
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When a candle burns, why does the top of wick glow if bottom of flame is hottest?

Totally an elementary question. Staring at a candle, it appears that the bottom of the wick is dark whereas the top glows. However the bottom of the flame (the blue) is the hottest. Is the reason ...
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How to solve constants out of the internal energy equation?

Imagine we deal with a new kind of matter, whose state is described by: $$PV = AT^3$$ Its internal energy is given by $$U = BT^n \ln\left(\frac{V}{V_0}\right) + f(T)$$ where $A$, $...
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why is white phosphorous given to have ZERO standard heat of formation [duplicate]

why is white phosphorous given to have ZERO standard heat of formation?? while it is well known fact that white phosphorous is highly reactive and is obviously less stable than red and black ...
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Calculating the strength of an ionic bond that contains poly-atomic ions

So the bond association enthalpy for ionic compounds like $\ce{NaCl}$ and $\ce{NaBr}$ can be easily calculated from a Born-Haber cycle. But the way a Born-Haber cycle is constructed it uses info that ...
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Energy absorbed by the gas from a PV-diagram

The $PV$-graph for a monoatomic gas is shown in the figure. Find the energy absorbed by the gas during this process. I’m having trouble with this question because both pressure and volume ...
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Do electrons go to even lower ground states after exothermic reactions?

I am a bit confused about what happens to the energy levels during an exothermic reaction. I understand that during an exothermic reaction, the energy of the electrons decreases. Is the potential ...
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Would the change in enthalpy (ΔH) for the dissolution of urea in water be positive or negative?

To test the properties of a fertilizer, $15.0\ \mathrm g$ of urea, $\ce{NH2CONH2(s)}$, is dissolved in $150\ \mathrm{mL}$ of water in a simple calorimeter. A temperature change from $20.6\ \mathrm{^\...
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Why can't a reaction go to completion?

What is the reason for why an exergonic reaction would still have some remaining reactants (or an endergonic reaction to have any products)? The explanation given on this page (see Chemical reactions ...
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Temperature dependency of enthalpy H and entropy S [closed]

In textbooks, I often read that the temperature dependency of the enthalpy of reaction $\Delta_\mathrm{r}H$ and the entropy of reaction $\Delta_\mathrm{r}S$ can be neglected (in a limited $T$-range). ...
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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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Dissociation percentages of N2O4 at different pressures using Gibbs' free energy

\begin{align} \ce{N2O4(g)&<=>2NO2(g)} & \Delta_\mathrm{r}G^\circ &= \pu{4.7 kJ mol^-1} \end{align} Knowing that the standard values for pressure and temperature are $\pu{1 bar}$...
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How does dimethylsulfoxide serve as a cryoprotectant?

In cell culture, dimethylsulfoxide (DMSO) is added to prevent the formation of ice crystals which may lyse the cells. Exactly how does dimethylsulfoxide act as a cryoprotectant?
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How should we express concentrations and partial pressures in ΔG=-RTlnK? [duplicate]

I understand that $K$ will be dimensionless. Let's say an equilibrium involving $K_p$ and the reaction is $\ce{A -> B}$, $K_p$ will be dimensionless. If the reaction $\ce{A + B -> C}$, then ...
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Simplifying temperature profile

I am given the temperature profile below and the two equations: $$Q = (2\pi R_0)LU_0(T_{1\infty}-T_{2\infty})\tag1\label1$$ $$\frac{1}{U_0R_0} = \frac{1}{h_1R_0} +\frac{\ln(R_\mathrm a/R_0)}{k}+ ...
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Why is the reaction quotient Q always equal to one at standard state?

I understand that at equilibrium, $Q$ is equal to $K$. This should not depend how I express concentrations (as amount of substance concentrations $c$ or as partial pressures $p$ or as molality $b$ or ...