Entropy units

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Parker Smith
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Entropy units

Postby Parker Smith » Sun Feb 09, 2020 11:46 am

So for a lot of the calculations I've been seeing in the book, the solutions book plugs in the entropy value in Joules and leaves the Enthalpy value in kilojoules. The units don't match, so I'm assuming you change them to match either in joules of kJ. Is this correct?

Naji Sarsam 1F
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Re: Entropy units

Postby Naji Sarsam 1F » Sun Feb 09, 2020 1:29 pm

The units for entropy and enthalpy may be joules or kilojoules, it is just whatever is most useful for the number of joules there are. However, when doing calculations that include entropy and enthalpy in an equation, of course, you must match up their units--most of the time to joules.

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Re: Entropy units

Postby gabbymaraziti » Sun Feb 09, 2020 2:16 pm

I'm sure either are fine, but if you have a large number of joules (1000+), it might be more useful to provide the answer in kilojoules.

Viviana Velasquez
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Re: Entropy units

Postby Viviana Velasquez » Sun Feb 09, 2020 3:53 pm

I think either Joules or kilo joules is fine as long as you stay consistent throughout the entire problem to make sure no calculation mistakes are made. I would just make sure to read if the question asks for any units in specific

Erik Buetow 1F
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Re: Entropy units

Postby Erik Buetow 1F » Sun Feb 09, 2020 8:24 pm

Either one is fine, I think what you need to look out for is units during the calculations, especially regarding the constants that you are using. Also be sure to pay attention to what is being asked in the question as he might specify which one he wants the answer in.

Edmund Zhi 2B
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Re: Entropy units

Postby Edmund Zhi 2B » Sun Feb 09, 2020 9:08 pm

Just make sure that in calculations, if you end up with L * atm, multiply it by a conversion to joules. It's 101.3 I believe

Eva Zhao 4I
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Re: Entropy units

Postby Eva Zhao 4I » Fri Feb 28, 2020 8:26 am

As a general rule of thumb, try to write out the units as you're working through the problem since problems often give you a value in kJ, but the constants you use involve J. Otherwise unless the problem specifies, you can leave your answer in J or kJ. The answer key likely leaves the answer in kJ when the answer value is larger, as others have said.

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Re: Entropy units

Postby 305421980 » Sun Mar 01, 2020 1:47 am

Normally, because constants use J (like R) you just change all of them to match so the number comes out right.

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