Hess's Law

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Brandon Tao 1K
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Hess's Law

Postby Brandon Tao 1K » Sun Feb 02, 2020 11:44 pm

Can someone explain Hess's Law because I have tried to look it up and still do not understand

Tanmay Singhal 1H
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Re: Hess's Law

Postby Tanmay Singhal 1H » Sun Feb 02, 2020 11:53 pm

you are given equations with their delta h. you add the equations to make the final equation you want and then you add up all of the individual delta H's

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Re: Hess's Law

Postby Althea Zhao 1B » Mon Feb 03, 2020 12:41 am

Hess's law states that the total enthalpy change for a reaction is the sum of the enthalpy changes for each step of the reaction. So, you just balance the equations given and add their delta H's.

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Re: Hess's Law

Postby Gerald Bernal1I » Mon Feb 03, 2020 12:45 am

Hess's law uses the step equations or reactions along with the energy transferred in each reaction to give you the overall delta H. It shows that enthalpy is a state function since it does not matter how many steps in between give the overall reaction since it will add up to the enthalpy of the overall reaction.

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Re: Hess's Law

Postby Yiyang Jen Wang 4G » Mon Feb 03, 2020 1:12 am

Ex: Delta H for CS2(l) + 3 O2(g) → CO2(g) + 2 SO2(g)?
C(s) + O2(g) → CO2(g); ΔHf = -393.5 kJ/mol
S(s) + O2(g) → SO2(g); ΔHf = -296.8 kJ/mol
C(s) + 2 S(s) → CS2(l); ΔHf = 87.9 kJ/mol
C(s) + O2(g) → CO2(g), ΔHf = -393.5 kJ/mol
2 S(s) + 2 O2(g) → 2 SO2(g), ΔHf = 2(-326.8 kJ/mol)
CS2(l) → C(s) + 2 S(s), ΔHf = -87.9 kJ/mol
ΔH = -393.5 kJ/mol + 2(-296.8 kJ/mol) + (-87.9 kJ/mol)(When all three reactions above are added, the extra two sulfur and one extra carbon atoms are canceled out)
ΔH = -393.5 kJ/mol - 593.6 kJ/mol - 87.9 kJ/mol
ΔH = -1075.0 kJ/mol

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Re: Hess's Law

Postby Gabriel Ordonez 2K » Mon Feb 03, 2020 10:10 am

All Hess’s Law is that you balance all of the chemical equations and cancel when possible to ultimately add all of their delta H’s.

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Re: Hess's Law

Postby Robin Cadd 1D » Mon Feb 03, 2020 10:13 am

In addition to what everyone else has posted, it's also important to know why Hess's Law works. Because enthalpy is a state function, you don't have to consider the processes that it took to go from the reaction's final to initial state.

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Re: Hess's Law

Postby BCaballero_4F » Mon Feb 03, 2020 9:34 pm

You basically alter the reactions to get the reaction you want, by multiplying or moving reactants to products and products to reactants

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