Hw ch4 29 & 32

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Hw ch4 29 & 32

Postby Jocelyn » Tue Feb 23, 2016 11:39 am

What is the difference between making a graph of the reaction using potential energy vs. Gibbs free energy?

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Re: Hw ch4 29 & 32

Postby 704578485 » Tue Feb 23, 2016 11:54 am

Both graphs will follow the same general trend and appear almost identical. However, we often define the Gibbs free energy graph as the standard graph for depicting transition states and reaction mechanisms and their energy changes. In the topics we are discussing with thermodynamics, knowing potential energy is not as useful as Gibbs free energy. Knowing Gibbs free energy, we can discuss and analyze many parts of the reaction such as whether it is spontaneous or not.

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