Hess Law

Gabriela Carrillo 1B
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Hess Law

When manipulating reactions using Hess's Law I know you can multiply the rxn and deltaH by the coefficient needed to become equivalent to the desired rxn. Can you also divide both to obtain the desired rxn??

AtreyiMitra2L
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Re: Hess Law

Yes you can! These properties are all possible because enthalpy is a state function. In other words, it doesnt matter how it got there. The end result will still be the same.

Ramya Lakkaraju 1B
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Re: Hess Law

In state properties, the path taken does not matter; only the final and initial values matter when doing calculations related to state properties.

RyanTran2F
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Re: Hess Law

You can also think of it as multiplying the equation and enthalpy values by a fraction (ex. multiplying by 1/2 is same as dividing by 2) so this is a valid technique

Leanne Wong 1H
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Re: Hess Law

Yes, you can because enthalpy is a state function.

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