Gold and Nitric Acid


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Kathleen Vidanes 1E
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Gold and Nitric Acid

Postby Kathleen Vidanes 1E » Sun Feb 18, 2018 11:01 pm

Based on the example given during lecture (Will a gold ring dissolve in 1M nitric acid to form 1M Au3+ solution?),

Do we know that gold will not dissolve in 1M nitric acid solely because we end up with a positive deltaG°, meaning the reaction is unfavorable?

Wenxin Fan 1J
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Re: Gold and Nitric Acid

Postby Wenxin Fan 1J » Sun Feb 18, 2018 11:05 pm

That is one way to tell. You can look at the standard reduction potentials for the two half reactions to see what the sign of E˚ would be to determine if the reaction is spontaneous in one direction or the other.

Caroline Cox 1H
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Re: Gold and Nitric Acid

Postby Caroline Cox 1H » Sun Feb 18, 2018 11:06 pm

Yes, the the formation of aqueous gold from solid gold is not a spontaneous reaction and therefore a positive delta G alone means the gold will not dissolve.


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