Difference between ΔG = 0 and ΔG° = 0?

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Hannah Lee 2F
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Difference between ΔG = 0 and ΔG° = 0?

Postby Hannah Lee 2F » Fri Feb 28, 2020 6:26 pm

At ΔG = 0, the reaction is in equilibrium. What is the difference between ΔG = 0 and ΔG° = 0?

Pegah Nasseri 1K
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Re: Difference between ΔG = 0 and ΔG° = 0?

Postby Pegah Nasseri 1K » Fri Feb 28, 2020 7:05 pm

ΔG° is the change in gibbs free energy of formation, which is calculated using the equation ΔG°= -RTlnK. This is the gibbs free energy that occurs at equilibrium. ΔG takes into account ΔG°in its calculation: ΔG = ΔG°+ RTlnQ. Looking at the equation, just because ΔG°= 0, this doesn't necessarily mean that ΔG=0. The same is true for if ΔG=0, ΔG° doesn't necessary have to be 0. ΔG=0 just indicates that the reaction is at equilibrium while ΔG°= 0 shows that the equilibrium constant, K, is equal to 1 using the equation ΔG°= -RTnK = -RTln(1) = 0.

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