Homework 6th Edition 9.63






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Tamera Scott 1G
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Homework 6th Edition 9.63

Postby Tamera Scott 1G » Tue Feb 19, 2019 8:12 pm

For 9.63, how would you determine which are stable with respect to the decomposition into their elements?

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Re: Homework 6th Edition 9.63

Postby Grace Kim 1J » Tue Feb 19, 2019 8:18 pm

The question asks for the stability of the compounds. If the formation energy is positive, the compound form has more energy and is thus more unstable. If the formation energy is negative, the compound is thermodynamically stable.

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Re: Homework 6th Edition 9.63

Postby Vincent Li 4L » Tue Feb 19, 2019 9:00 pm

The idea is that the lower the energy of the substance, the more stable it is as a compound. In cases where the formation is negative from the elements to the substance, this means that energy was lost as the elements reacted to create the compound, or that the compound has lower energy and is therefore stable. When the formation energy is positive, then energy was gained, and that means the compound is then less stable.

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Re: Homework 6th Edition 9.63

Postby Jeremiah Hutauruk » Tue Feb 19, 2019 9:05 pm

I think it is because more complex compounds have more bonds, thus more energy to break. And by having more bonds, it needs more energy to keep its form and more energy means more entropy, thus making it unstable.


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