Q of reaction and Q of calorimeter

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Q of reaction and Q of calorimeter

Postby Hannah Yates 1K » Sun Feb 10, 2019 4:15 pm

I keep seeing the equation -qcal = qrxn. Can someone explain what this means.

Hovik Mike Mkryan 2I
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Re: Q of reaction and Q of calorimeter

Postby Hovik Mike Mkryan 2I » Sun Feb 10, 2019 4:29 pm

Hello,
Basically it means that if the calorimeter is gaining heat that means that the rxn is losing the heat therefore in order to convert the heat for the calorimeter into the heat for the rxn you have to add a negative sign. Hope this helped!


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