Gibbs Free Energy: State Function?






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Gibbs Free Energy: State Function?

Postby Grace Boyd 2F » Mon Jan 29, 2018 4:30 pm

I was wondering if someone could explain to me why Gibbs Free Energy is considered a state function. Thank you!

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Re: Gibbs Free Energy: State Function?

Postby Chem_Mod » Mon Jan 29, 2018 5:17 pm

Gibbs Free Energy is a state function because it depends only on the initial and final states of Gibbs Free Energy. We use the equation of , so the difference between products and reactants only matters.

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Re: Gibbs Free Energy: State Function?

Postby Lauren Seidl 1D » Mon Jan 29, 2018 7:47 pm

Also, gibbs free energy is equal to enthalpy plus entropy, which are both state functions. Thus, Gibbs free energy must also be a state function.

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Re: Gibbs Free Energy: State Function?

Postby Sarah Maraach 2K » Sun Feb 04, 2018 11:27 am

Generally, anything with a delta in front of it will be a state function, because the delta means 'change in'. So, to calculate the change, you must subtract the initial value from the final value, therefore the only relevant values are your initial and final, fitting the definition of a state function.


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