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Surroundings

Posted: Wed Jan 30, 2019 11:08 pm
by Samantha Chung 4I
When we talk about surroundings in chemistry, is there a "boundary" to the surroundings?

Re: Surroundings

Posted: Wed Jan 30, 2019 11:21 pm
by Mona Lee 4L
No, there is generally no limit. Essentially, the "surroundings" refer to the environment of the reaction.

Re: Surroundings

Posted: Thu Jan 31, 2019 10:30 am
by Diana Bibireata 1B
The system is the object of interest and the surroundings is anything else, so there is no boundary to the surroundings. Essentially the system + surroundings = universe.

Re: Surroundings

Posted: Thu Jan 31, 2019 10:40 am
by Patrick Cai 1L
Typically, the distinction between the object of interest and surroundings is the reaction vessel where the pertinent reaction is occurring and the rest of the universe. There are also cases where there are arbitrary boundaries made to distinguish the system from the rest of the universe, used more often in physics.

Re: Surroundings

Posted: Thu Jan 31, 2019 11:17 am
by Courtney Quan 1C
The system + the surroundings make up the universe. If the system is a reaction, then everything else is the surroundings. Simply put, if something is not the system, it is a part of the surroundings.

Re: Surroundings

Posted: Thu Jan 31, 2019 11:58 am
by IsabelLight2H
didn't he say something about how it may not affect surroundings? like pouring your water bottle into the ocean wouldn't greatly affect the ocean. What is the term for this?

Re: Surroundings

Posted: Thu Jan 31, 2019 11:58 am
by Cynthia Aragon 1B
The system is the part of the universe that is being studied while the surroundings are the rest of the universe that interacts with the system. A system and its surroundings can be as large as the forests in South America and as small as the contents inside a beaker in a chemistry lab.

Re: Surroundings

Posted: Fri Feb 01, 2019 10:09 pm
by LeannaPhan14BDis1D
the surroundings is just a broad concept and depending on what is being talked about the "surroundings" could be infinite to the universe and yet be any small part in the universe as well.

Re: Surroundings

Posted: Fri Feb 01, 2019 10:28 pm
by Nicholas Le 4H
When referring to surroundings in chemistry, we usually mean everything outside the system that we are looking at. This means there really is not a boundary that exists for how far the surroundings can go.

Re: Surroundings

Posted: Fri Feb 01, 2019 10:50 pm
by mbaker4E
The surroundings consists of everything outside of the system.

Re: Surroundings

Posted: Fri Feb 01, 2019 10:56 pm
by Charles Gu 1D
Surroundings can be broad as the universe or limited to a container

Re: Surroundings

Posted: Sat Feb 02, 2019 12:13 pm
by Aarti K Jain 1L
Basically, you get to decide what the system is and what the surroundings are depending on what you are doing and what experiment you are running.