Free Energy and Pressure






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Connie2I
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Free Energy and Pressure

Postby Connie2I » Thu Feb 01, 2018 11:11 pm

What exactly is the relationship between free energy and pressure? In the notes, it says free energy is dependent on pressure, but I'm not quite sure how.

Tanaisha Italia 1B
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Re: Free Energy and Pressure

Postby Tanaisha Italia 1B » Thu Feb 01, 2018 11:35 pm

I think it might be because free energy is dependent on entropy and enthalpy. Pressure has an inverse relationship with entropy, so if pressure goes up, entropy goes down. This would make the delta G more positive. If pressure decreases, entropy increases, and the delta G becomes more negative.

Kelly Seto 2J
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Re: Free Energy and Pressure

Postby Kelly Seto 2J » Fri Feb 02, 2018 1:18 am

Let's look at our equation dG = dH - TdS
We remember that dH = dU + PdV, so any increase in pressure will result in a larger dH value
If a larger dH value is entered into the equation at constant temperature, we get dG = dH - dS resulting in a large dG, or free energy, value as a result
Therefore, an increase in pressure leads to an increase in free energy

Guangyu Li 2J
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Re: Free Energy and Pressure

Postby Guangyu Li 2J » Fri Feb 02, 2018 5:20 am

The Gibbs free energy depends on pressure as well as on temperature. The pressure dependence of the Gibbs free energy in a closed system is given by the combined first and second laws and the definition of Gibbs free energy as dG=-SdT+Vdp

Hope this helps!

Sarkis Sislyan 1D
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Re: Free Energy and Pressure

Postby Sarkis Sislyan 1D » Fri Feb 02, 2018 10:33 am

Enthalpy is heat under constant pressure, so wouldn't a change in pressure mean pressure isn't being held constant?


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