Standard Enthalpy of Formation


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Adam Kramer 1A
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Standard Enthalpy of Formation

Postby Adam Kramer 1A » Thu Feb 20, 2020 8:01 am

When do we use the standard enthalpy of formation? I feel like I always see it but I never use it, so when would we?

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Re: Standard Enthalpy of Formation

Postby romina_4C » Thu Feb 20, 2020 9:14 am

Usually a question asking to calculate the change in enthalpy of a reaction will give you a table of the enthalpies of formation, which would require you to use that method to find the change in enthalpy. Sometimes it is easier to use the enthalpies of formation to calculate enthalpy change because elements in their standards states have enthalpies of formation of zero (H2, O2, C (graphite), etc.).

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Re: Standard Enthalpy of Formation

Postby Max Madrzyk Dis 4G » Thu Feb 20, 2020 9:40 am

You would use the standard enthalpy of formation values when the question is asking for the standard enthalpy. If the question is not asking for standard enthalpy there will usually be other values given so that you can calculate the standard enthalpy in a different method.

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Re: Standard Enthalpy of Formation

Postby Matthew Chan 1B » Sun Feb 23, 2020 9:41 pm

If you're asked for the enthalpy change of some reaction or whatever, you'll typically be provided with values that correspond to the standard enthalpies of formation for certain components of the reaction that you can then use in your calculations to determine enthalpy change of a reaction, etc.

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