Ice melting

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Hailey Boehm 2H
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Ice melting

Postby Hailey Boehm 2H » Tue Mar 12, 2019 8:32 pm

Why is ice melting a spontaneous process? Also, why is the combustion of gas spontaneous?

A De Castro 14B 2H
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Re: Ice melting

Postby A De Castro 14B 2H » Tue Mar 12, 2019 8:54 pm

Ice melting is a spontaneous process because the order of the water molecules is interrupted, meaning that entropy increases (+∆S). Even though it requires energy (endothermic, +∆H), the reaction usually occurs in high temperatures, resulting in -∆G. The combustion of a natural gas is spontaneous because of a negative ∆H and positive ∆S, which leads to negative ∆G.

Joanna Pham - 2D
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Re: Ice melting

Postby Joanna Pham - 2D » Tue Mar 12, 2019 10:38 pm

I like to think of spontaneity as the ability of a reaction to occur on its own, meaning that the reaction does not require additional energy in order for the reaction to take place

Noah Fox 1E
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Re: Ice melting

Postby Noah Fox 1E » Tue Mar 12, 2019 10:44 pm

The melting of ice is spontaneous because its something that occurs naturally (in the right temperature). The way I like to think about it is that in an area with high heat the ice cube (devoid of heat) will naturally see energy diffuse into the ice breaking the bonds at the same time. The combustion of gas is spontaneous because it breaks complex organic molecules and breaks it into smaller pieces.

Ashley P 4I
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Re: Ice melting

Postby Ashley P 4I » Sat Mar 16, 2019 12:43 pm

There was a question on Test Two about dry ice being left in a room at room temperature. Would that also be a spontaneous reaction? Because it is moving towards becoming vaporized?

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