Surroundings

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Samantha Chung 4I
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Surroundings

Postby Samantha Chung 4I » Wed Jan 30, 2019 11:08 pm

When we talk about surroundings in chemistry, is there a "boundary" to the surroundings?

Mona Lee 4L
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Re: Surroundings

Postby Mona Lee 4L » Wed Jan 30, 2019 11:21 pm

No, there is generally no limit. Essentially, the "surroundings" refer to the environment of the reaction.

Diana Bibireata 1B
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Re: Surroundings

Postby Diana Bibireata 1B » Thu Jan 31, 2019 10:30 am

The system is the object of interest and the surroundings is anything else, so there is no boundary to the surroundings. Essentially the system + surroundings = universe.

Patrick Cai 1L
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Re: Surroundings

Postby Patrick Cai 1L » Thu Jan 31, 2019 10:40 am

Typically, the distinction between the object of interest and surroundings is the reaction vessel where the pertinent reaction is occurring and the rest of the universe. There are also cases where there are arbitrary boundaries made to distinguish the system from the rest of the universe, used more often in physics.

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Re: Surroundings

Postby Courtney Quan 1C » Thu Jan 31, 2019 11:17 am

The system + the surroundings make up the universe. If the system is a reaction, then everything else is the surroundings. Simply put, if something is not the system, it is a part of the surroundings.

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Re: Surroundings

Postby IsabelLight2H » Thu Jan 31, 2019 11:58 am

didn't he say something about how it may not affect surroundings? like pouring your water bottle into the ocean wouldn't greatly affect the ocean. What is the term for this?

Cynthia Aragon 1B
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Re: Surroundings

Postby Cynthia Aragon 1B » Thu Jan 31, 2019 11:58 am

The system is the part of the universe that is being studied while the surroundings are the rest of the universe that interacts with the system. A system and its surroundings can be as large as the forests in South America and as small as the contents inside a beaker in a chemistry lab.

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Re: Surroundings

Postby LeannaPhan14BDis1D » Fri Feb 01, 2019 10:09 pm

the surroundings is just a broad concept and depending on what is being talked about the "surroundings" could be infinite to the universe and yet be any small part in the universe as well.

Nicholas Le 4H
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Re: Surroundings

Postby Nicholas Le 4H » Fri Feb 01, 2019 10:28 pm

When referring to surroundings in chemistry, we usually mean everything outside the system that we are looking at. This means there really is not a boundary that exists for how far the surroundings can go.

mbaker4E
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Re: Surroundings

Postby mbaker4E » Fri Feb 01, 2019 10:50 pm

The surroundings consists of everything outside of the system.

Charles Gu 1D
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Re: Surroundings

Postby Charles Gu 1D » Fri Feb 01, 2019 10:56 pm

Surroundings can be broad as the universe or limited to a container

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Re: Surroundings

Postby Aarti K Jain 1L » Sat Feb 02, 2019 12:13 pm

Basically, you get to decide what the system is and what the surroundings are depending on what you are doing and what experiment you are running.


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