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Clarice Chui 2C
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Postby Clarice Chui 2C » Sun Feb 02, 2020 9:59 pm

What does it mean to say that enthalpy is additive because it is a state function? I know this is Hess's Law, but I'm confused conceptually.

Sidharth D 1E
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Re: Enthalpy

Postby Sidharth D 1E » Sun Feb 02, 2020 10:02 pm

A state function is something where the path doesn't matter, only the initial and final state. The reason why it's important is that since the path doesn't matter, you can subtract, add, multiply, and divid state functions (entropy in this case) as necessary.

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Re: Enthalpy

Postby 205007651 » Sun Feb 02, 2020 10:03 pm

It means that it will keep constant independent of the state of the system. So if it is liquid or solid it will stay the same enthalpy.

Gabriella Bates 2L
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Re: Enthalpy

Postby Gabriella Bates 2L » Sun Feb 02, 2020 10:05 pm

This means that values of enthalpy can be added/subtracted to find the change in enthalpy, as we do in Hess's law. This is because enthalpy is a state function, so the path to get there does not matter.

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Re: Enthalpy

Postby peteryim » Sun Feb 02, 2020 10:08 pm

State functions can be contrasted with path functions, where the pathway to the current state does matter. Compared to those, state functions do not rely on the pathway, so yes, can be added or subtracted simply.

Natalie Benitez 1E
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Re: Enthalpy

Postby Natalie Benitez 1E » Sun Feb 02, 2020 11:28 pm

I remember that enthalpy(delta H) is the same as q, can someone explain this?

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