## Hess's Law

J_Rodriguez_Dis2k
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### Hess's Law

what are your guys approach to Hess's law ?

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### Re: Hess's Law

Well there are many things we can do to approach Hess's Law. First I would make sure to see that the equations are balanced because one might never know that the equations are balanced and you need to multiply the change in enthalpy by that coefficient. Also this isn't true for every situation but when you multiply by negative make sure to reverse the reactants and products and change the sign in enthalpy.

Good luck.

Faizal_Mamani_1F
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### Re: Hess's Law

Additionally adding on to the answer above, make sure to multiply the equation when needed and therefore multiply the enthalpy too.

Matthew Leung 1G
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### Re: Hess's Law

For me, I like to think of cancelling things one at a time, and multiplying only if I see fractions.

Kevin Tam 1J
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### Re: Hess's Law

To add on, I would say that you would want to always refer back to your "goal" equation. Compare your "goal" equation to the equations that are given to you, and, as aforementioned in the previous comments, multiply the equations by a coefficient that will ensure that you end up with the "goal" equation. One caveat is that one of more of the components in the "goal" equation may be present in multiple given equations. In that case, you have to do a little more manipulation.

Take, for example, Question 5 from the Quiz 1 Prep in the Course Reader.

The goal equation, when balanced is: N2H4 + H2 --> 2NH3

The given equations should be manipulated as follows:

I see that the first equation should be left alone because one of the reactants, N2H4, is present in the "goal" equation.
Since both the second and thrid equations have H2 in them, you can foresee that flipping the second equation would, in the end, cancel the H2 to give you 1 H2 on the left side, which matches the "goal" equation.
As for the third equation, you can leave this one alone, because the 2NH3 is present in the "goal" equation.

Hope this helps.

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