Quiz 1 Preparation Question (Gibbs Free Energy?)






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Steph S 2F
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Quiz 1 Preparation Question (Gibbs Free Energy?)

Postby Steph S 2F » Fri Jan 29, 2016 4:32 pm

There is a question in the Winter 2014 quiz preparation that asks us to determine if a reaction is spontaneous, and a what temperature.

Cl2(g) ---> 2Cl(g)

The answer states that the reaction is spontaneous at high temperatures. I understand why ΔS would be positive, but why is ΔH positive in this reaction?

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Re: Quiz 1 Preparation Question (Gibbs Free Energy?)

Postby jennifer_zhou2C » Fri Jan 29, 2016 7:11 pm

Bonds are being broken, so it is endothermic. The delta H would be positive.

Andrew Afyouni
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Re: Quiz 1 Preparation Question (Gibbs Free Energy?)

Postby Andrew Afyouni » Fri Jan 29, 2016 8:00 pm

Energy is required to separate intermolecular forces holding bonds together...these bonds include hydrogen bonds, dipole dipole interactions, and London dispersion forces. Adding energy to the system is required to facilitate the breaking of these interactions and thus the heat at constant pressure (enthalpy) of the system is positive. Hope this helps!


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