Knowing what has a higher heat capacity


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Sammy Thatipelli 1B
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Knowing what has a higher heat capacity

Postby Sammy Thatipelli 1B » Fri Mar 16, 2018 4:27 pm

Without doing any calculations, how do we know that ethane has a higher heat capacity than ethene? This was one of the questions in practice problems, but I am not sure how we can automatically come to that conclusion.

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Re: Knowing what has a higher heat capacity

Postby Zane Mills 1E » Fri Mar 16, 2018 5:03 pm

Ethane (C2H6) has a higher heat capacity than Ethene (C2H4) because it has only single bonds connecting the carbons, not double bonds, so using the equipartition theorem we can see that there are more DOF which gives it a higher heat capacity.

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Re: Knowing what has a higher heat capacity

Postby Rakhi Ratanjee 1D » Fri Mar 16, 2018 11:01 pm

What is the equipartition theorem?


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