Free Energy

$\Delta G^{\circ} = -nFE_{cell}^{\circ}$

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Free Energy

Is free energy a state function? If so how do we add it up? Thank you!!

Jordan Lo 2A
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Re: Free Energy

I believe that delta G is a state function because delta G not is a state function

Jordan Lo 2A
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Re: Free Energy

You add similar to Hess's Law, with the sum of the products minus the sum of the reactants

Stevin1H
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Re: Free Energy

Yes, Gibbs free energy is a state function because we can apply Hess's method to find delta G knot. Or another method would be calculating the Delta G knot of the reaction by subtracting the sum of the delta G knot of products by the sum of the delta G knot of the reactants.

Zubair Ahmed 1L
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Re: Free Energy

Yes, delta G is a state function. We can take a similar Hess's Law approach when trying to calculate the Gibbs free energy of a reaction. Another approach we can take to calculate the change in Gibbs free energy is by subtracting the total Gibbs Free energy of the reactants from the products.

A De Castro 14B 2H
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Re: Free Energy

The change in Gibbs free energy is a state function, i.e. it is additive. Dr. Lavelle showed in lecture that ∆G°rxn = ΣnGf°(products) - ΣnGf°(reactants)