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It sounds like your confusion arises from not making a distinction between $\Delta G$ and $\Delta G^\circ$ when describing a reaction as spontaneous or not. The $\Delta G^\circ$ is the free energy change for the reaction at the defined "standard" conditions of 1 M solute concentrations and/or 1 bar gas partial pressures of both the reactants and products. ...

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In general it is necessary to consider any entropy changes in determining whether a system is at equilibrium or if a spontaneous change will occur. As there must be an increase in entropy in actual processes then $dS_{system}+dS_{surr}=dS_{irrev} \ge 0$. By using the first law with the last expression and after several steps, we find that in an ...

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I agree with Andrew that it depends on whether you define spontaneity based on $\Delta G^\circ <0$ or $\Delta G < 0$. Typically, freshman chemistry books use the former. However, I've never liked equating spontaneity with the sign of $\Delta G^\circ$, prefering to instead use the sign of $\Delta G^\circ$ as an indicator of whether reactants or ...

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WRONG SOLUTION: OP clarified that there are two separate solutions, not a mixture of the salts. Assuming: (1) that concentrations can be used instead of activities (bad assumption...) (2) The concentration of the ions $\ce{H2F-}$ and $\ce{F-}$ is so large that the final concentrations will be the same as the initial concentrations. (3) Since HF is a ...

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This question shows that you have probably not really understood what the free enthalpy (or Gibbs energy, or free energy) is. I will try to explain it qualitatively without too much thermodynamics. Let's go ! The origin of the Gibbs energy is coming from Gibbs' reflexions on the spontaneity of chemical reactions. He was trying to find a potential energy ...

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