Relevance of Phase Changes

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Alice Chang 2H
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Relevance of Phase Changes

Postby Alice Chang 2H » Sun Feb 02, 2020 5:11 pm

What is the relevance of knowing phase changes? Like, how are they used in calculations?

J Medina 2I
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Re: Relevance of Phase Changes

Postby J Medina 2I » Sun Feb 02, 2020 5:17 pm

If you are calculating the change in enthalpy of a substance and that substance changes phases then it is important to add the energy required by the phase change in order to get an accurate calculation for ΔH.

William Francis 2E
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Re: Relevance of Phase Changes

Postby William Francis 2E » Sun Feb 02, 2020 5:22 pm

You need to take phase changes into account when calculating change of enthalpy in a reaction. The calculations we use assume that all the reactants and products are gases.

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Re: Relevance of Phase Changes

Postby Emily Burghart 1k » Sun Feb 02, 2020 8:12 pm

In many of the problems covered in thermo, you have to calculate the energies expelled/absorbed for each part of the phase change, and then add those up to find your enthalpy, .

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Re: Relevance of Phase Changes

Postby Sydney Pell 2E » Sun Feb 02, 2020 8:53 pm

When you are calculating the enthalpy of a reaction, sometimes the reactants or products will be in the liquid form. Since predetermined enthalpy values of elements are usually given in the gas phase, you must add/subtract the enthalpies of the phase changes to these values to determine what they are in a different state so that the overall enthalpy change of the reaction can be calculated.

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Re: Relevance of Phase Changes

Postby ABombino_2J » Sun Feb 02, 2020 9:41 pm

When calculating the enthalpy change you need to add the enthalpy as a result of change in temperature as well as the enthalpy that comes from a phase change.

Janet Nguy 2C
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Re: Relevance of Phase Changes

Postby Janet Nguy 2C » Sun Feb 02, 2020 9:46 pm

Since the enthalpy value changes when a substances changes phases, it is necessary to calculate separately the phase change enthalpy and add it to the same-phase reaction enthalpy.

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Re: Relevance of Phase Changes

Postby Trent Yamamoto 2J » Sun Feb 02, 2020 10:50 pm

A phase change would mean that you would have to add the energy required for that phase change in order to calculate the overall enthalpy

Alondra
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Re: Relevance of Phase Changes

Postby Alondra » Sun Feb 02, 2020 11:07 pm

This is important when calculating enthalpy because energy is used for a phase change as well as temperature.

Megan Kirschner
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Re: Relevance of Phase Changes

Postby Megan Kirschner » Wed Feb 05, 2020 9:39 pm

I think also phase change helps orient what values will be positive and negative. You need to take phase changes into account when calculating the change of enthalpy in a reaction (the calculations we use assume that all the reactants and products are gases).


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