state functions

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state functions

Postby josmit_1D » Sun Jan 26, 2020 3:27 pm

why must state functions be additive?

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Re: state functions

Postby SnehinRajkumar1L » Sun Jan 26, 2020 3:38 pm

State functions do not care about the process to get the value. As Lavelle said in class, because this doesn't matter, you can add them up since they are specific points.

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Re: state functions

Postby Juliet Stephenson 4E » Sun Jan 26, 2020 3:52 pm

Since state functions are based on the end state of a system, they can be added without concern. This is because they represent a specific phase/time after the reaction has reached equilibrium.

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Re: state functions

Postby John Liang 2I » Sun Jan 26, 2020 4:02 pm

state functions must be additive because they depend on the endpoints and not the "in-between" values. taking the mountain example used in class, to measure the altitude of the hike, you subtract the final altitude-initial altitude, disregarding any other altitudes in the middle.

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