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Definition: Thermochemistry

The study of the relationships between chemistry and energy

Definition: Energy

The capacity to do work

Definition: Work

Force acting through a distance

Definition: Heat

The flow of energy caused by a temperature difference (high to low)

Definition: Kinetic energy

Energy associated with motion

Definition: Thermal energy

Energy associated with temperature (a type of kinetic energy)

Definition: Potential energy

Energy associated with position or composition

Definition: Chemical energy

Energy associated with the relative positions of electrons and nuclei in atoms and molecules (a type of potential energy)

Definition: System

The portion of the universe that is singled out for investigation

Definition: Surroundings

Everything outside of the system

Units of energy

joule (J) = 1kg m^2/s^2

calorie (cal), the energy it takes to raise 1g of water 1°C = 4.184 J

Calorie (C) = 1000 cal

kilowatt-hour (kWh) = 3.60 x 10^6 J

Formula for change in energy of a reaction

ΔE = Eproducts - Ereactants

ΔE is negative when the reaction gives off energy

ΔE is posative when the reaction absorbs energy

Relationship between ΔEsys and ΔEsurr

ΔEsys = -ΔEsurr

Two factors that make up change in energy

ΔE = heat transferred + work done

ΔE = q + w

Definition: Thermal equilibrium

When heat transfer stops because the substances have reached the same temperature

Definition: Heat capacity

Symbol: C

The quantity of heat required to change the temperature of the system by 1°C

Formula for heat capacity

C = q/ΔT = J/°C

also know the arrangement of that, q = C x ΔT

Definition: Specific heat capacity

Symbol: Cs

Unit: J/g

The intrinsic capacity of a substance to absorb heat. The amount of heat required to raise the temp. of 1g of the substance by 1°C

Definition: Molar heat capacity

Unit: J/mol x °C

The amount of heat required to raise the temp. of 1 mol of a substance by 1°C

Heat capacity is a _______ property

Specific heat capacity and molar heat capacity are _______ properties

extensive (depends on how much is being heated)

intensive (a constant for that substance)

Formula for heat using specific heat capacity

heat = mass x specific heat capacity x temp. change

q = m x Cs x ΔT

Relationship between qsys and qsurr

qsys = -qsurr

Formula for work

w = -pressure x change in volume

w = -P x ΔV

convert units from atm x L to J use the conversion factor 101.3 J = 1 atm x L

Formula for change in heat of a reaction at constant volume

ΔErxn = heat at constant volume

ΔErxn = qv

Definition: Calorimetry

A process in which we deduce the thermal energy exchanged between a reaction and the surroundings by measuring the change in temp. of the surroundings

Enthalpy means we are observing the system under constant _______

i.e. how we feel about chem class

Formula for enthalpy

Symbol: H

H = E + PV

Formula for change in enthalpy

ΔH = heat at constant pressure

ΔH = qp

The difference between ΔE and ΔH

ΔE represents change in heat and work

ΔH just represents change in heat

Definition: Exothermic reaction

A reaction that gives off heat to its surroundings

Definition: Endothermic reaction

A reaction that absorbs heat from its surroundings

Standard states by state of matter

Gas: pure gas at pressure of 1 atm

Liquid or Solid: pure in its most stable form at 1 atm and the temp. of interest (usually 25°C)

Substance in solution: at concentration of 1M

Definition: Standard enthalpy change

Symbol: ΔH°

The change in enthalpy for a process when all reactants and products are in their standard states (that's what the ° means)

Definition: Standard enthalpy of formation / standard heat of formation

Symbol: ΔH°f

For a pure compound: The change in enthalpy when one mol of the compound forms from its constituent elements in their standard states.

For a pure element in its standard state: ΔH°f = 0

Definition: Decomposition

When a compound breaks down into it's constituent elements in their standard states. Reverse the sign on ΔH°f

Rules for ΔHrxn in chemical equations

1. If the equation is multiplied by a factor, multiply ΔHrxn by the factor

2. If the equation is reversed ΔHrxn changes sign

3. If an equation is the sum of a series of steps the the ΔHrxn for the overall rxn is the sum of the ΔHrxn's for each step

To calculate the ΔH°frxn

Subtract the enthalpies of formation of the reactants multiplied by their stoichiometric coefficients from the enthalpies of formation of the products multiplied by their stoichiometric coefficients.

ΔH°frxn = ∑npf(products) - ∑nrf(reactants)