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Samantha Hoegl Roy 2C
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Postby Samantha Hoegl Roy 2C » Thu Feb 07, 2019 4:54 pm

OF2 + H20 -> O2 + 2HF
ΔH = - 318kJ

what is the change in internal energy for the reaction of 1.00 mol OF2?
why is -PΔV = -ΔnRT used? isnt the change is ΔU = q + w; where does -ΔnRT come from?

Phan Tran 1K
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Re: 4D7

Postby Phan Tran 1K » Thu Feb 07, 2019 6:20 pm

-PΔV = -ΔnRT is used to calculate w, which can be calculated using the equation w=-P*ΔV. You need to calculate w in order to calculate ΔU.

I don't have the seventh edition, so is there anymore information that the book gives you? Like whether the reaction is reversible or irreversible, or whether T/P/V is constant? Because all of these things play a big part in which equation you should use to find w (or whether you need to find w at all)

Gary Qiao 1D
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Re: 4D7

Postby Gary Qiao 1D » Thu Feb 07, 2019 6:23 pm

The change in internal energy is ΔU = q + w. The problem gives you q as q = -318 kJ, so we have to find w, or the work done in by the system due to the reaction. w could be found by -PΔV, which means ΔU = q + -PΔV. Because they did not give the volume or pressure, we could convert -PΔV to -ΔnRT because of the formula PΔV = ΔnRT, in which adding a negative to PΔV would result in -ΔnRT. Ultimately, we get ΔU = q -ΔnRT to find ΔU.

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