9.55, 6th edition (part c)

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Tyra Nguyen 4H
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9.55, 6th edition (part c)

Postby Tyra Nguyen 4H » Wed Feb 20, 2019 5:40 pm

Question 9.55 asks you to write a balanced chemical equation for the formation reaction of various gases. In part C, it asks you to do so for CO(g). Why do you use C(s, graphite) for the chemical equation and not C(s, diamond) or C(g)? Is C(s, graphite) the most stable form of carbon?

Hovik Mike Mkryan 2I
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Re: 9.55, 6th edition (part c)

Postby Hovik Mike Mkryan 2I » Wed Feb 20, 2019 5:51 pm

I believe professor Lavelle mentioned in class that at room temperature the most stable is graphite and at higher temperatures diamond can become more stable. Hope this helped!

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Re: 9.55, 6th edition (part c)

Postby Steven Garcia 1H » Wed Feb 20, 2019 9:01 pm

C(s, graphite) is the most stable element of carbon so that's why you would use C(s, graphite) as opposed to C(s, diamond). This can be confirmed if you look at the appendix of the textbook. The enthalpy of formation of C(s, graphite) is 0, which is what we expect for elements in their most stable form.

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