hess's law

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hess's law

Postby josmit_1D » Sun Jan 26, 2020 3:21 pm

what does hess's law state?

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Re: hess's law

Postby Kaitlyn Ang 1J » Sun Jan 26, 2020 3:22 pm

Because enthalpy is a state function, meaning it depends on the physical state of the molecule, enthalpy changes are additive.

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Re: hess's law

Postby Amanda Mei 1B » Sun Jan 26, 2020 3:49 pm

Hess's Law states that enthalpy is a state function, so its value is determined by its current state, not the path taken to obtain that state. Thus, the total enthalpy change of a multi-step reaction can be calculated by adding the enthalpy change at each step of the reaction.

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Re: hess's law

Postby Alice Chang 2H » Sun Jan 26, 2020 4:20 pm


I'm not sure if this will help clarify things, but this is a worked example from Khan Academy using Hess's Law if you learn more visually.

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Re: hess's law

Postby AGaeta_2C » Sun Jan 26, 2020 9:46 pm

It states that because enthalpy is a state property, changes in enthalpy are additive. in other words, enthalpy change in each step of a multistep rxn can be added to give TOTAL enthalpy change.

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Re: hess's law

Postby 805422680 » Sun Jan 26, 2020 9:50 pm

the total enthalpy of the system remains the same regardless of the route taken to reach the final product. this is important when the reaction from reactants to products in one step is energetically or chemically unfavorable

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