Enthalpy Units

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Enthalpy Units

Postby Laine Gruver 3C » Fri Jan 27, 2017 5:43 pm

I noticed in some of the textbook problems that for enthalpy, they seem to use both kJ/mol and kJ interchangeably. Can anyone help explain this to me?

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Re: Enthalpy Units

Postby Preston_Dang_1B » Fri Jan 27, 2017 5:54 pm

When the units are just kJ, it usually is written at the end of a reaction on the same line and it's implied that value of enthalpy is the change in energy for one "mole" of reaction. For example, if you were to double the amount of reactants/products, it would use twice the amount of enthalpy, and so on. If it's written as kJ/mol, it's usual for individual molecules/compounds and the various types of enthalpies associated with individual molecules (heat of vaporization, heat of fusion, q = mcT, etc.)

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