work and state function


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Rachel Risoleo 3G
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work and state function

Postby Rachel Risoleo 3G » Thu Mar 10, 2016 9:56 pm

Is work a pathway function rather than a state function? If so, why is it that we can sometimes add the work of different steps to get the overall work for the reaction?

Sammy Toscano 1D
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Re: work and state function

Postby Sammy Toscano 1D » Thu Mar 10, 2016 11:42 pm

work is a pathway function rather than a state function. Adding all of the steps is acknowledging that it is a pathway function; you are looking at all the steps it took to get to its final destination. If it were a state function; you wouldn't have to add all the steps, you could just subtract the initial value from the final


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