Maximum Energy Able to Do Work
Posted: Tue Feb 13, 2018 6:18 pm
I remember in lecture that Dr. Lavelle mentioned that Gibb's Free Energy should really be called Gibb's available energy since when ∆G < 0, Gibb's free energy can be thought of as the maximum energy that a system can use to do work. I'm guessing that since Dr. Lavelle specified this definition under conditions when ∆G < 0 that when ∆G > 0, this does not hold true. In other words, does the definition of Gibb's free energy as the maximum energy that a system can use to do work hold true when the reaction in question is non-spontaneous?