## state property

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### state property

What exactly is a state property? I understand that it only depends on the initial and final positions, but I don't understand what that means fundamentally. Also, what is something that is not a state property?

Ronak Naik
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### Re: state property

A state property is a quantity that is independent of how the substance was prepared. For example, pressure and volume are both state properties that do not have anything to do with how a sample is prepared. Heat would not be a state function as it is dependent on what type of reaction takes place.

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### Re: state property

I don't understand state functions other than that its just final minus initial, but examples of pathway functions are heat and work.

WesleyWu_1C
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### Re: state property

Distance traveled is a great example of a nonstate property because lets say you take 20 steps forward and then 10 steps backward. How many steps did you take? If distance traveled was a state property you would do final minus initial which would be 10 - 0 = 10 (we are saying your starting point is 0). But we know that you didn't just take 10 steps. You took 20 steps forward and 10 steps backwards. Therefore you actually traveled 30 steps. Distance traveled depends on the pathway.

Ryan Yoon 1L
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### Re: state property

A state property is not dependent on the path taken to obtain that state, meaning the end result is what matters and not the intermediate steps

Zoe Gleason 4F
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### Re: state property

A state property is a quantity of the substance. It does not rely upon how the substance is made.

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### Re: state property

A state property is a quantity of a substance that doesn't affect how the substance is made.

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An example of something that is not a state function is heat (q) because it is energy in transit and does not depend on the initial and final values.

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### Re: state property

A state function is a property that is independent of how the substance was created; it only depends on the initial and final state. Some examples include: pressure, density, temperature, volume, enthalpy, internal energy, Gibbs free energy, and entropy.