## Hess' Law

Ryan Yoon 1L
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### Hess' Law

Why can we add or subtract enthalpy changes?

Connie Chen 1E
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### Re: Hess' Law

Enthalpy is a state property, meaning that it is not dependent on the path taken to obtain that state, and state properties can be added or subtracted.

Zoe Gleason 4F
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### Re: Hess' Law

Since it is a state property, only the final and initial state will matter. This allows us to add and subtract the values of enthalpy.

Ellen Amico 2L
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### Re: Hess' Law

Yes! Because enthalpy is a state property, we can add or subtract the enthalpy changes in order to get to an overall reaction since the path we take to get there doesn't matter.

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### Re: Hess' Law

yes! this is because it is a state property

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### Re: Hess' Law

Enthalpy changes can be added and subtracted because enthalpy is a state property.

Leslie Almaraz 4G
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### Re: Hess' Law

State properties are allowed to be added or subtracted to each other.

Orrin Zhong 4G
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### Re: Hess' Law

Enthalpy is a state property, so only the final and initial states matter. The process by which you get from an initial state to a final state does not matter for state properties. Therefore, if you want to find the enthalpy value of a reaction through Hess' Law, you can just add the enthalpy values (ensuring that the intermediates cancel out).

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