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Section - 3


In the introduction to this chapter we pointed out that the study of thermodynamics is divided into two main aspects. The first is thermochemistry which is concerned with how we observe, measure and predict energy changes for chemical reactions. This is what we have studied so far in this chapter. We now take up the study of the second part that we said is concerned with learning to use energy changes to tell whether or not a given process can occur under specified conditions and how to make a process more(or less) favourable. However, before we enter this realm of thermodynamics, let us see if we can answer to any extent, the question of whether or not a process can occur spontaneously using our knowledge of thermochemistry. If we hold a brick in the air and let it go, we know what will happen : It will fall as the force of gravity pulls it toward earth. A falling brick is an example of a process that the laws of thermodynamics tell us is favoured to happen. We refer to such a thermodynamically favoured process as a spontaneous process (we will talk about this in detail, later in this chapter.) Chemical processes can be spontaneous as well. The enthalpy of a reaction gives one indication so as to whether it is likely to be spontaneous. For example, the combustion of H 2 ( g ) and O2 ( g ) is a highly exothermic process:
1 H 2 ( g ) + O2 ( g ) H 2O ( g ) ; H = 242kJ 2

During this reaction, large amounts of heat are transferred from the system to the surroundings. Generally, it is favourable for the enthalpy of the system to decrease by transferring the heat to the surroundings, as by doing that the products, (and hence, the system) acquire a lower energy state and hence are generally more stable. So, we see that a large value of negative H has helped us predict the spontaneity of a reaction. So, from this can we conclude that by measuring H of a reaction, we can predict the spontaneity of any reaction ? The answer is a big NO! Let us see so as to why. Consider the melting of ice :

H 2O ( s ) H 2O (l )

H = +6.01kJ

This is an endothermic process. Even though it is endothermic, it is spontaneous at temperatures above the freezing point of water (0C). (This we know even by common observation in day to day life that when block of ice is kept at room temperature (>0C), it melts spontaneously.) So, we have a counter example to our assertion that only exothermic reactions are spontaneous. However, the validity of our earlier argument that a negative H should favour spontaneity is still very much in place. This might seem a little confusing to you. To clarify matters, lets deviate a little from thermodynamics to cricket ! (I am sure most of you would not mind it ! ) Suppose we want to study the possibility of a boundary (either fours or sixes) being hit by none other than M. S. Dhoni. Although there can be various factors (like type of bowling, bowler, size of the field, etc.) for a successful boundary being hit, we will consider only two major factors i.e. the strength with which the ball is hit and the quality of the fielder. We can see that the probability of the boundary being hit increases with the first factor i.e. the strength with which the ball is hit by Mr. Dhoni. However, the possibility of the boundary suffers if the quality
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of the fielder is good. So, we see that the two factors are opposing to each other in a certain way as far as the successful hitting of the boundary is concerned. However, the two factors can also support each other in the hitting of a boundary. For example, even if the strength with which the ball is hit is not too great, the low quality of the fielder can still favour the boundary being hit. And even if the strength with which the ball is hit is high ( a likely case if Mr. Dhohi is the batsman), a Jonty Rhodes (although he is retired now) standing at the silly point can complicate matters for Mr. Dhonis intentions by his superb fielding! The crux of the matter is that a higher strength of hitting the ball only favours the boundary being hit but is not the sole factor in determining the success of the boundary as it depends on the other factor of the quality of fielder as well. And the other factor may increase as well as decrease the probability of boundary being hit. Lets come back now to thermodynamics from cricket (no matter how painful it is!). We can compare spontaneity of a reaction to the successful boundary being hit, the strength of hitting the ball to H , and the quality of fielder to S (a term we will study, shortly). So, just as the strength of hitting the ball favours the successful boundary, but does not quite guarantee it completely, a high value of negative H favours the spontaneity of a reaction but does not quite guarantee it completely as well. However, just as complete knowledge of both the strength of hitting and quality of fielder may help us ascertain (roughly) if the boundary will be hit or not, we will see that complete knowledge of H and S (to be discussed, shortly) will help us ascertain if the reaction will be spontaneous or not. But first, we must characterise spontaneous process clearly for ourselves and study two new terms (reversible and irreversible processes)essential to understanding the key ideas of this section. We will need the last two terms specially when we discuss a part of this section in the unit on equilibrium.

SPONTANEOUS PROCESSES A spontaneous process is simply a physical or chemical change that occurs by itself. It requires no continuing outside agency to make it happen. For example, a round rock at the top of a hill rolls down, heat flows from a hot object to a cold one, an iron object rusts in moist air. These processes occur spontaneously, or naturally, without requiring an outside force or agency. They continue until a certain equilibrium is reached. If these processes were to go in the opposite direction, they would be non-spontaneous i.e. they will not happen by themselves and will need a continuing outside agency to make them happen. For example, the rolling of a round rock uphill by itself is not a natural process; it is non spontaneous. The rock could be moved to the top of the hill but work would have to be expended. Similarly, heat can be made to flow from cold to a hot object, but a heat pump or refrigerator is needed. Rust can be converted to iron, but the process requires chemical reactions which are not spontaneous. Any spontaneous change has a natural direction. For example in the rusting of iron, the direction is towards the rusting. The direction in which a process is spontaneous can be very dependent on the temperature of the system. For example, lets reconsider the endothermic process of melting of ice under atmospheric pressure. When T > 0C ice melts spontaneously; the reverse process, liquid water turning into ice, is not spontaneous at these temperatures (refer the figure below). However, when T < 0C , the opposite is true. Liquid water converts into ice spontaneously, and the conversion of ice into water is not spontaneous.

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Spontaneous for T > 0C

Spontaneous for T < 0C ice

liquid water

The spontaneity of a process can depend on the temperature. At T > 0C, ice melts spontaneously to liquid water. At T < 0C, the reverse process, water freezing to ice, is spontaneous. At T = 0C, the two states are in equilibrium and neither conversion occurs spontaneously. fig.12

But what happens at T = 0C , the normal melting point of ice ? At the normal melting point of a substance, the solid and liquid phases are in equilibrium. At this particular temperature the two phases are inter converting into each other at the same rate, and there is no preferred direction for the process : Both the forward and reverse processes occur with equal preference, and the process is not spontaneously favoured in one direction over the other. The special situation that occurs at equilibrium can be related to the particular way in which the system changes as it goes from one state to another. Let us understand this with an example. Imagine melting 1 mole of ice at 0C, 1 atm to form 1 mole of liquid water at 0C, 1 atm. We can achieve this change by adding a certain amount of heat, q = H fusion . If we want to return the system to its original state (ice at 0C), we simply reverse the procedure. We can remove the same amount of heat that we originally added. The melting and freezing of water at 0C is an example of a reversible process, one in which we can go back and forth between the states along exactly the same path. In contrast, melting 1 mole of ice by placing it in a laboratory at room temperature is an irreversible process. We cant simply follow the same path back to the original state, because we must lower the water temperature to 0C to form ice again. Whenever a chemical system is in equilibrium, we can go reversibly between the reactants and products. We will see in this chapter that in any spontaneous process the path between reactants and products is irreversible. Before we move ahead, one more important point to understand is that if a process is spontaneous, this does not mean that it will occur at an observable rate. A spontaneous reaction can be very fast, as in the case of acid-base neutralisation, or very slow, as in the case of rusting of iron. Thermodynamics can tell us the direction and extent of a reaction, but it tells nothing about its speed. This aspect is covered by chemical kinetics.

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DISORDER AND ENTROPY Consider these three spontaneous processes. So as to why they are spontaneous is not explained conclusively by the theories and laws studied till now in this chapter : Illustration (1): We have already studied above that when ice melts above its melting point, the process is spontaneous even though it is endothermic. So, exothermicity alone cannot explain the spontaneity of a reaction as discussed. When KCl ( s ), a crystal salt dissolves in water, the heat of solution, H solution > 0. Yet we find that the dissolution is spontaneous. Why ? Consider the following figure:

Illustration (2): Illustration (3):

non-spontaneous (a) (b)

(a) A sample of gas in which all molecules of one gas are in one bulb and all molecules of the other gas are in the other bulb. (b) A sample of gas that contains the same number of each kind of molecule as in (a), but with the two kinds randomly mixed in the two bulbs. Sample (b) has greater disorder (higher entropy), and is thus more probable. fig. 13

Here in fig - 13 (a), consider the system to be isolated. Both the bulbs contain different kind of molecules. As the stop cock is opened the two gases will spontaneously merge into each other and the system will become more disordered. Here as the system is isolated, net heat transfer, q = 0. Besides, as no work is done against any external pressure, w = 0. So, by first law of thermodynamics, U = q + w = 0. Now imagine the reverse process of this process i.e. the molecules in the fig-13 (b). acquiring the configuration of fig - 13(a) on their own accord! Seems unlikely; isnt it ? But even for this process according to the first law of thermodynamics, U = 0. So, we see that the first law of thermodynamics is insufficient in predicting the spontaneity of a process. Clearly some factor other than heat or work is important in making the expansion of the gas spontaneous. The missing factor in the explanation of the spontaneity of the above processes is entropy. Let us study it in detail and see if it can help explain the spontaneity of the above mentioned processes. We will focus on developing an intuitive idea of entropy before we quantify it. ENTROPY Entropy, S is a thermodynamic quantity that is a measure of the randomness or disorder of a system. It is a state function. The greater the disorder of a system, the higher is its entropy. For any substance, the particles are more highly ordered in the solid state than in the liquid state. Thus, the entropy of any substance increases as the substance goes from solid to liquid to gas (see figure:)
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liquid Gas Increasing disorder Increasing entropy, S

As a sample changes from solid to liquid to gas, its particles become increasingly less ordered (more disordered), so its entropy increases. fig. 14

Now, let us go back to the three motivating examples at the beginning of this section and make some observations: Illustration (1): Illustration(2): We see that when ice melts, the solid state changes into liquid state. Hence, the entropy of the system increases. When KCl ( s ) dissolves, its highly ordered crystal structure is broken and it turns into randomly distributed K + (aq ) ions and Cl (aq) ions i.e. the entropy of the system increases. Illustration(3): When the gaseous molecules spread over a wider volume, the randomness/disorder of the system increases. Here, also, the entropy of the system increases.

Do these observations suggest that the increase in entropy of a system might have something to do with explanation about spontaneity of the above processes? We will answer this question after the studying the second law of thermodynamics : Second law of thermodynamics states that in spontaneous changes the universe tends toward a state of greater disorder. This can be restated equivalently as :
The total entropy of a system and its surroundings always increases for a spontaneous process

The second law of thermodynamics is based on our experiences. Some examples illustrate this law in the macroscopic world. When a mirror is dropped, it can shatter. When a drop of colour is added to a glass of water, it diffuses until a homogeneously coloured solution results. These are examples of spontaneous processes. And we see that the entropy ( or disorder) of the universe is increasing in each of these processes.
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The reverse of any spontaneous change is non-spontaneous, because if it did occur, the universe would tend toward a state of greater order. This is contrary to our experience We would be very surprised if we dropped some pieces of silvered glass on the floor and a mirror spontaneously assembled. Now, in order to further study the second law, we must give it a mathematical form. Mathematically the second law can be written as :
S universe = Ssystem + Ssurroundings > 0 ( for spontaneous process )

Compare this with the two boxed statements of second law above. Convince yourself that they are all equivalent. The most important observation about the second law interpreted in the mathematical form above is that if the entropy of a system increases during a process, the spontaneity of the process is only favoured but not required. This is because if the entropy of the system increases it tends to make the Suniverse > 0 but does not quite guarantee it as the sign of Suniverse is dependent upon Ssurroundings as well. (We will later derive a criterion for spontaneity from the second law itself using which we shall be able to predict the spontaneity of a process using the properties of the system alone.) So, the second law of thermodynamics says that the entropy of the universe (not the system) increases during a spontaneous process. Having stated and studied the second law let us see if we can now account for the spontaneity of the three processes we discussed earlier in three illustrations. Illustration (1): When ice melts above its melting point, solid phase changes into liquid phase and hence the entropy of the system increases and Ssystem is > 0. But the system absorbs heat from surroundings in the process (as the process in endothermic.) This must have decreased the motion of the molecules of the surroundings. And hence Ssurroundings < 0. But for the process to be spontaneous according to the second law of thermodynamics, the sum of these two must be greater than zero i.e. Ssys must be greater in magnitude than Ssurroundings . Experimentally, this is found to be true. And that explains the spontaneity of this process. Question: Illustration (2): Account for the spontaneous conversion of pure liquid water into ice at temperature below 0C on the same lines as in illustration (1). When KCl ( s ) dissolves into water, it dissociates into K + and Cl ions as follows:
H 2O KCl ( s ) K + (aq ) + Cl (aq ).

H solution > 0 for this process i.e. heat is absorbed from the surroundings and as discussed in illustration (1) above, the entropy of surroundings must have decreased because of this i.e. Ssurr < 0. But we see that the highly ordered crystal lattice of KCl is converted into the randomly arranged hydrated K + and Cl ions i.e. entropy of system has increased. So, Ssys > 0. I leave it upon you to argue and account for so as to why this process is spontaneous.

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An anomaly : In illustration (2) above, although the entropy of the system due to dissolution of KCl increases, we must note that the water molecules which were free to more anywhere have been localised due to hydration of K + and Cl ions. So, the entropy of the system due to localisation of water molecules must have decreased. Yet we claim that Ssys > 0. This is because the magnitude of entropy change due to dissolution of ions is much greater than that of the entropy change due to localisation of the water molecules in this particular case. However, for small, highly charged ions such as Al3+ and Fe3+, the decrease in entropy due to hydration can outweigh the increase in entropy due to mixing and dissociation so that the entropy change for the overall process can actually be negative. Illustration (3): This is the simplest of the cases. As the system is isolated, there is no change in entropy of the surroundings. Therefore, Ssurr = 0.
S universe = Ssystem

in this case. When we open the stopcock between the two bulbs, we expect the gases to mix spontaneously, with an increase in disorder of the system i.e. Ssystem is positive. Therefore,
S universe = Ssystem > 0.

So, according to second law this process should be spontaneous which is in perfect conformity with what observe in real life ! Please attempt the following problems in order to crystallize the concepts learned so far. (see the solutions only after having attempted the problems yourself.) (a) (b) (c) (d) (e) Which of the following are spontaneous processes? A cube of sugar dissolves in a cup of hot tea. A rusty iron piece turns shiny. Butane from a lighter burns in air. A clock pendulum, initially stopped, begins swinging Hydrogen and oxygen gases bubble out from a glass of pure water.

Solution: (a) Spontaneous. Sugar dissolves spontaneously in hot water. (b) Nonspontaneous. Rust does not spontaneously change to iron; rather iron spontaneously rusts in air. (c) Spontaneous. The burning of butane in air is a spontaneous reaction. (d) Nonspontaneous. A pendulum once stopped will not spontaneously begin moving again. (e) Nonspontaneous. Water will not spontaneously decompose into its elements.
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(a) (b) (c)

Predict the sign of the entropy change for each of the following processes. A drop of food colouring diffuses throughout a glass of water. A lake freezes over in the winter. Rainwater on the pavement evaporates.

Solution: (a) Entropy increases; S is positive; there is an increase of disorder when the food colouring disperses throughout the water. (b) Entropy decreases; S is negative; as a liquid changes to solid, there is an increase of order and a decrease of entropy. (c) Entropy increases; S is positive; as a liquid changes to vapour, there is a decrease of order and the entropy increases. (a) (b) (c) (d) (e) For each of the following statements, indicate whether it is true or false. A spontaneous reaction always releases heat. A spontaneous reaction is always a fast reaction. The entropy of a system always increases for a spontaneous change. The entropy of a system and its surroundings always increases for a spontaneous change. The energy of a system always increases for a spontaneous change.

Solution: (a) False. The enthalpy change (heat of reaction) has no direct relation to spontaneity. (b) False. The rate of a reaction has nothing to do with the spontaneity (thermodynamics) of a reaction. (c) False. The entropy may increase or decrease during a spontaneous reaction. (d) True. The entropy of the system plus surroundings always increases during a spontaneous change. (e) False. The energy may increase or decrease during a spontaneous reaction. In illustration 1, we saw that the melting of ice is spontaneous for temperatures above its melting point. We attributed this to the fact that Suniv is > 0 for this process. Can you account for the entropy changes that occurs at 0C for this process ? Solution: At the melting point, Ssurroundings is equal in magnitude and opposite in sign to Ssystem . Therefore, S universe is zero both for melting and freezing. Here, the system is at equilibrium. We have seen that second law of thermodynamics is sufficient in predicting the spontaneity of a process. However we have to measure the change in the entropy of the universe (system as well as surroundings) in order to use the second law to predict spontaneity of a process. This is generally difficult to do. However, as we will see, S system is easy to calculate.
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So is it possible to have a criterion for spontaneity which is described only in terms of the properties of a system? The answer is YES! But before we take it up we must study so as to how entropy and entropy changes are quantified. The third law of thermodynamics establishes the zero of the entropy scale.

The third law of thermodynamics states that the entropy of a pure, perfect, crystalline substance (perfectly ordered) is zero at absolute zero (0 Kelvin)
As the temperature of a substance increases, the constituent particles of the substance vibrate more vigorously.

So, the entropy increases.(see the figure:)

+ + + + + + + + + + + + + + + (a) + + + + + + + + + + + + + + +


+ + + + +

+ + + + +

+ + + + +

+ + + + +

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A simplified representation of the same "perfect" crystal at a temperature above 0 K. Vibrations of the individual molecules within the crystal cause some dipoles to be oriented in directions other than those in a perfect arrangement. The entropy of such a crystalline solid is greater than zero, because there is disorder in the crystal.

A simplified representation of a side view of a "perfect" crystal of a polar substance at 0 K. Note the perfect alignment of the dipoles in all molecules in a perfect crystal. This causes its entropy to be zero at 0 K. However, there are no perfect crystals, because even the purest substances that scientists have prepared are contaminated by traces of impurities that occupy a few of the positions in the crystal structure.

As we go on supplying heat to the substance, either the temperature increases (which means still higher entropy or phase transitions (melting, boiling or sublimation) take place (which again means higher entropy). The entropy of a substance at any condition is its absolute entropy, also sometimes called as standard molar entropy or simply, standard entropy. The unit of entropy as we will show later is J/K. Now, consider the absolute entropies at 298 kelvin of the substances listed in following table. Substance H2O (l) H2O (g) Br2 (l) Br2 (g) C (diamond) C (graphite) S (J/K.mole) 69.91 188.7 152.33 245.4 2.38 5.74

At 298 K, any substance is more disordered than if it were in a perfect crystalline state at absolute zero. So, we 0 0 values of all the above substances are positive. In fact S298 of any substance is found to be positive. see that S298
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Important Note:
0 0 of an element unlike its H 0 S298 f , is not equal to zero. For example, in the table above, S 298 of C(graphite) is

not zero. This is because, the reference state for absolute entropy is specified by the third law of thermodynamics. It is different from the reference state for H 0 f . Now, when a reaction occurs, the entropy of the products and reactants is generally different. This entropy change (also called standard entropy change S if reaction is carried out under standard conditions) of a reaction can be determined from the absolute entropies of reactants and products, as follows:
0 0 0 S reaction = n S products m S reactants

(Here, n and m denote the coefficients of the reactants and products in the balanced equation.)

So, we have seen how we can calculate the accompanying entropy changes in a system as it undergoes a process. But when we defined entropy we said that it is a measure of the randomness or disorder of a system. We cannot quantify entropy changes based on this definition. But can we at least predict if entropy has increased or decreased using this definition? Yes, we can as we illustrate it in various cases below: (a) Temperature changes: For example, warming a gas from 100C to 150C. As any sample is warmed, the molecules undergo more (random) motion. Hence, we can predict that entropy increases (i.e. S sys > 0 ) as temperature increases. Similarly, as we raise the temperature of a solid, the particles vibrate more vigorously about their positions in the crystal, so that at any instant there is a large average displacement from their mean positions. This results in an increase in entropy. When the volume of sample of gas increases, the molecules can occupy more positions and hence, are more randomly arranged than when they are closer together in a smaller volume. Hence, an expansion is accompanied by an increase in entropy. Conversely, as a sample is compressed, the molecules are more restricted in their locations and a situation of greater order (lower entropy) results.

(b) Volume changes:

(c) Changes in no. of moles: Processes that result in an increase in the number of moles of gaseous substances (of gaseous substances) have S sys > 0 . Consider the following reaction:

N2 H 4 (l ) + 2 H 2O(l ) N2 ( g ) + 4 H 2O( g )
We see that there are no gaseous reactants, but the products comprise of 5 moles of gases. We can predict that the entropy change is positive. In fact, experimental results show that S for the above reaction is +606 J/mol. K which is in perfect agreement with our prediction. Conversely the process 2 H 2 ( g ) + O2 ( g )

2 H 2O( g ) has a negative S value. Can you see so as to why?

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(d) Mixing of substances:

Mixing of substances even without chemical reaction may lead to a state of greater entropy. Situations in which the molecules are more mixed up are more disordered, and hence are at higher entropy. We have already encountered a simple example of this type in illustration (3) on page - 57. We pointed out that the mixed gases (fig.-13(b), page - 57) were more disordered than the separated gases (fig.-13(a), page - 57) and that the former was a situation of higher entropy. We see, then, that mixing of gases by diffusion is a process for which S sys > 0 . We know from experience that it is always spontaneous. Another example we could consider is that of dissolution of solids into liquids. The increase in disorder (entropy increase) that accompanies this dissolution (or mixing) often provides the driving force for solubility of one substance in another. For example, when one mole of NaCl dissolves in water, i.e. NaCl ( s) NaCl ( aq ) , the entropy increases from 72 J/mol.K to 116 J/mol. K i.e. S = +43.1 J / mol.K .

(e) Phase change:

When melting occurs, the molecules or ions are taken from their ordered crytalline arrangement to a more disordered one in which they are able to move past one another in the liquid. Thus a melting process is always accompanied by an entropy increase. For further study of how entropy is affected by phase changes refer to the figure below:
Solid 1 Entropy,S Liquid 2 Gas 3 Boiling

Melting 0 0 Solid-state phase change Temperature (K) fig. 16

Solids can exist in different forms (Example: Carbon exists as diamond and graphite in the solid state) and generally one of them has more entropy than the other. As a solid is heated, it might change its form of existence to another form. This solidstate phase change is depicted in the part 1 of the figure above. For example, Tin is a substance that undergoes such a solid-state phase change. Below 13C, a solid form called gray tin is stable. When heated, gray tin converts to another solid form called white tin, which has a higher entropy. The figure further depicts how entropy varies with temperature for a sample. The change in entropy with temperature (we have already studied this in part (a) above.) is gradual upto the solid-state phase change. There is a sharp increase in entropy at that temperature. The entropy then continues to increase (gradually again) with increasing temperature up to the melting point of the solid.
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When the solid melts, the atoms or molecules are free to more about the entire volume of the substance. This added freedom of motion for the individual molecules greatly increases the entropy of the substance. At the melting point, we therefore see a large increase in entropy. After all the solid has melted, the temperature again increases, and with it the entropy. At the boiling point of the liquid another big increase in entropy occurs. This increased entropy results largely from the increased volume in which the molecules may be found. The increase in volume means an increase in randomness. As the gas is heated thereafter, the entropy increases gradually again as more energy is stored in the gas molecules. So, what we have essentially seen is that though the increase in temperature increases the entropy of a substance gradually in a particular phase, the phase change brings about a jump in the entropy of the substance. And quite evidently for the reverse processes of freezing, condensation, and deposition, entropy decreases because order increases.


SECOND LAW OF THERMODYNAMICS; REVISITED Recall that the second law of thermodynamics states that:
Suniverse = S system + S surroundings > 0 (for spontaneous process).

Our aim now is to state the above in terms of the properties of the system alone. S system is already in terms of a property (entropy) of the system. So, we only have to try and express S surroundings in terms of the properties of the system.
S surroundings in terms of the properties of system

When a system undergoes a process, either heat is released or absorbed. If heat is released (exothermic), the heat transferred to the surroundings enhances the motion of the molecules in the surroundings. This leads to an increase in the entropy of the surroundings. Conversely, in an endothermic process, the system absorbs heat from the surroundings and so, decreases the entropy of the surroundings because molecular motion decreases. So, we can conclude that,
S surroundings H system


for a constant pressure process. The minus sign is used because if the process is endothermic, H system is positive and S surroundings is a negative quantity, indicating a decrease in entropy. On the other hand, for an exothermic process, H system is negative and the negative sign in front of it makes sure that the entropy of the surroundings increases.
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The change in entropy of a system for a certain amount of heat absorbed is also dependent upon the temperature at which the process occurs. In fact this relation between the S sys and temperature is an inversely proportional one. Let us see so as to why by an analogy: Suppose a classmate of yours has cough (may god bless him!) and he coughs in a crowdy and noisy market place. Can he disturb many people by the noise he creates in the already noisy market place? Not much; isnt it? And now consider him visiting your school library where there is a pin drop silence. If he coughs here too, how many people will he disturb? Nearly all! Using this analogy we can understand how the change in entropy and the temperature at which the process occurs are inversely proportional to each other. If the temperature of the surroundings is high, the molecules are already quite energetic. Therefore, the absorption of heat from an exothermic process in the system will have relatively little impact on molecular motion and the resulting increase in entropy of the surroundings will be small. This is analogous to the coughing in market place situation discussed above. Now, if the temperature of the surroundings is low, then the addition of the same amount of heat will cause a much sharper increase in molecular motion of the surroundings and hence a larger increase in entropy. This is analogous to the coughing in library situation discussed above. So, we may conclude:
S surroundings 1 T


Using equations (1) and (2) above we can write the complete relationship between Ssurr , H sys and absolute temperature, T as

Ssurr =

H sys T


So, we have achieved what we had set out for. i.e. expressing S surroundings in terms of the properties of the system. Let us see next how we can use this information to arrive at a criterion for spontaneity explained in terms of the properties of the system alone. We know that for a spontaneous process
Suniv = S sys + S surr > 0


We substitute (3) in (4) to obtain: Suniv = S sys

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H sys T





Multiplying both sides of (3) by T (which is positive as it is in kelvins) we get,

T Suniv = T S sys H sys > 0

T Suniv = H sys T S sys < 0


We see in (6) that if we know the changes in the properties of the system (occurring at constant pressure and temperature) alone (namely, H sys and S sys ) and find ( H sys T S sys ) to be less than zero, then we can conclude that (T Suniv ) is less than zero as well. As T is positive, Suniv must be positive too for ( T Suniv ) to be negative. And if Suniv is positive, the process is spontaneous! So, we see that we have concluded that a process is spontaneous using the properties of the system alone. We can thus make out that eqn. (6) above must be a very important relationship and to express what it says more directly, we introduce another thermodynamic function called Gibbs free energy! GIBBS FREE ENERGY Gibbs free energy, G, is defined as:
G = H TS

where H, T, S are enthalpy, absolute temperature and entropy of a system. Gibbs free energy (or simply free energy) is a state function. We can also see that G has units of energy (as both H and TS are in energy units). Now, let us see how this new state function can express what is expressed by eqn. (6) above, more conveniently. The change in free energy ( G ) of a system for a constant temperature process is
G = H T S


If we compare the above equation with equation (6) we see that G = T Suniv . Now, according to the second law of thermodynamics, a reaction is spontaneous if Suniv is positive, non spontaneous if Suniv is negative, and at equilibrium if Suniv is zero. Now, G = T Suniv and since T is positive (absolute scale) always, G and Suniv have opposite signs. We can sum this up as:
P ro cess S pontaneous N on-spontaneous E quilibrium S ign of S u n iv > 0 < 0 = 0 T S u niv = G < 0 > 0 = 0

( this is for a process occurring at constant tem perature and p ressure)

So, we may conclude from the above that, in any spontaneous process at constant temperature and pressure, the free energy of the system always decreases. At this point, when we have achieved our goal of having a criterion for spontaneity in terms of the properties of the system alone and defined a new thermodynamic function in the process, let us pause and study the new thermodynamic function, G, in a little depth.
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Important points (1) Consider the combustion of petrol to move vehicles. This combustion reaction is exothermic; its H must be negative. This reaction is also spontaneous and hence its G also must be negative. It can be shown that the maximum useful work (moving the vehicle in this case) for the above reaction is not given by H but by G i.e. wmaximum = G. The term free energy comes from this result. G is the portion of the energy change of a spontaneous reaction that is free to do useful work. The remainder of the energy (i.e H G) enters the environment as heat. Hence, the free energy change is the maximum energy available, or free, to do useful work. (However, please note that although in principle the complete G is available to do useful work, in practice, it is impossible to convert all of this available energy into useful work.). So, we can generalise this and say that, the spontaneous reactions can be used to obtain useful work and the maximum obtainable useful work (theoretically) is given by G accompanying that reaction. (2) When G = 0, there is no net transfer of free energy; both the forward and reverse processes are equally favourable. Thus, G = 0 describes a system at equilibrium. (For those of you who have not studied equilibrium yet, it is sufficient to understand for the time being that a reaction is said to be at equilibrium when besides the reactants combining to form the products, the process of products combining to form the reactants also occurs simultaneously and the rate of both the reactions is same. Therefore, there is no net change when a system is at equilibrium.) For processes that are not spontaneous ( G > 0), the free energy change is a measure of the minimum amount of work that must be done to cause the process to occur. (However, in actual cases we always need to do more than this theoretical minimum amount because of the insufficiencies in the way the changes occur.)


Before we move further, please attempt the following problems: Here is a simple experiment. Take a rubber band and stretch it. (Is this a spontaneous process? How does the Gibbs free energy change?) Place the rubber band against your lips: note how warm the rubber band has become. (How does the enthalpy change?) According to polymer chemists, the rubber band consists of long, coiled molecules. On stretching the rubber band, these long molecules uncoil and align themselves in a more ordered state. Show how the experiment given here is in accord with this molecular view of the rubber band.

Solution: The process is not spontaneous; you have to stretch the rubber band (the opposite process, a stretched rubber band snapping to its normal shorter shape, is spontaneous). Thus, G is positive. The fact that the stretched rubber band feels warm means that H is negative (exothermic). Note that G = H T S ; so S = ( G H ) / T . This implies that S is negative which is consistent with an increase in order.

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Hypothetical elements A(g) and B(g) are introduced into a container and allowed to react according to the reaction A( g ) + 2 B( g ) AB2 ( g ) . The container depicts the reaction mixture after equilibrium has been attained.
=A =B

fig . 17

a. b. c. d.

Is the value of S for the reaction positive, negative, or zero? Is the value of H for the reaction positive, negative, or zero? Prior to equilibrium, is the value of G for the reaction positive, negative, or zero? At equilibrium, is the value of G for the reaction positive, negative, or zero?

Solution: a. Since this is a gas phase reaction, calculate the change in the number of moles of gas molecules, n = 1 3 = 2 . This corresponds to a decrease in entropy, so S is negative for this reaction. b. Since this is an equilibrium state, G = 0, so H T S = 0 also. This gives H = T S and, since S is positive, so is H . c. The reaction spontaneously reestablishes equilibrium, so G is negative prior to equilibrium. d. At equilibrium, G = 0 . Let us now consider the equation G = H T S again and analyse its structure. We see that the more exothermic a reaction is, more are the chances of G to be negative and consequently the reaction to be spontaneous. However no matter what is the value of H , a larger positive value of ( T S ) will make the reaction non-spontaneous. So a large magnitude of negative H can only favour the spontaneity of a reaction and cannot guarantee it (as we had pointed out at the beginning of section - 3). We can similarly observe that a positive S can only favour the spontaneity of a reaction but cannot guarantee it. However, besides H and S we see the temperature (T) term also in the equation G = H T S . So, is the spontaneity of a reaction also dependent upon the temperature at which it occurs? Quite obviously, the answer to that is yes! We next take up so as to how: The temperature T acts as weighing factor that determines the relative importance of H and S contributions to G in the free energy equation G = H T S . If H and S are either both negative or both positive, the sign of G (and therefore the spontaneity of the reaction) depends on the temperature. If H and S are both negative, the reaction will be spontaneous only if the absolute value of H is larger than the absolute value of T S .
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This is most likely (and not guaranteed) at low temperatures, where the weighing factor T in T S is small and hence, tends to make the whole term small in magnitude. If H and S are both positive, the reaction will be spontaneous only if T S is larger than H which is most likely (and again, not guaranteed) at high temperatures. The other two cases are that of H being negative and S being positive and H being positive and S being negative. Convince yourself that the former case will be spontaneous at all temperatures and the latter case will be non-spontaneous at all temperatures. This discussion is summarised in the following table:


Sign of change H + + S + + G + + +

Possibility (impossibility) of spontaneous proceeding of reaction Possible at any temperature Possible at sufficiently low temperature Possible at sufficiently high temperature Impossible at any temperature

Directions of reactions with different signs of H and

So, we see that in case - II above, the reaction will be spontaneous at sufficiently low temperatures. But exactly how low? Let us figure it out. Suppose we are given H = 10kJ and S = 200 J / K . Then we can evaluate various G for the given H and S at various temperatures (assume that H and S do not vary appreciably with temperature). We tabulate the various G for certain temperatures in the following table: H 10000 J -do-do-do-doS 200 J/K -do-do-do-doT 100 K 80 K 60 K 40 K 20 K G = H TS G = 10000 (100 200) = + 10000 J. G = 10000 (80 200) = + 6000 J G = 10000 (60 200) = + 2000 J G = 10000 (40 200) = 2000 J G = 10000 (20 200) = 6000 J Sign of G + + +

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We observe that as we lower the temperature the value of G (although positive in first three cases) moves towards turning negative. And once it is negative, it turns more negative as we lower the temperature. The question now is where exactly (at what temperature) does this transition from positive G to negative G come about? It must be the temperature at which G = 0 . Let us try to find it out for the above considered case:

G = H T S
Substituting appropriate values we get: 0 = 10,000 J T. ( 200 J/K).
0 = 10, 000 J + 200T

200 T = 10, 000 J

T = 50K

i.e. above 50 K the reaction would be non-spontaneous and below 50K the reaction would be spontaneous. We see that the set of data tabulated above conforms to this result.

Question: If H = +10, 000 J and S = +200 J/K, then find out the temperature where G = 0 . What is the temperature range of spontanteity for this reaction? We will discuss the exact reasons for the above discussion in the unit on chemical equilibrium. However, for the time being we can summarise the above discussion as: We can estimate the temperature range over which a chemical reaction is spontaneous by evaluating H and S for the reaction. The temperature at which G = 0 (for the reaction) is the temperature limit of spontaneity. The sign of S tells us whether the reaction is spontaneous below or above this limit. This is figuratively explained in the following figure.:

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(H > 0)

= S , +

) -IV e s Ca -(

(H < 0 )

= (C +, S as e= III + ) = S ) , = e-II s H a C (

, S

(C as e-I )

Fig. 18 : A graphical representation of the dependence of

G and spontaneity

on temperature for each of the four cases of reactions.

Please note that for case I and IV if we equated G to zero we would get a negative value of temperature (on kelvin scale) which is impossible! This indicates that reaction falling under case - IV and case - I are non-spontaneous and spontaneous respectively at all temperatures. (PS: For discussing further topics of this section, we need to study chemical equilibrium. So, the remaining part of this section (section -3) will be taken up in the unit on equilibrium as we had pointed out in the introduction to this chapter.) Example 19 At a certain temperature T, the endothermic reaction A B proceeds virtually to the end. Determine: (a) the sign of S of the reaction; (b) the sign of G for the reaction B A at the temperature T; (c) the possibility of the reaction B A proceeding at low temperatures. Critical thinking We have been given an endothermic reaction. Saying that it proceeds virtually to the end means that the reaction is spontaneous. This information is enough to answer the question. Can you see how?

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Solution: (a) Spontaneous proceeding of the reaction A B indicates that G < 0. Since H > 0, it follows from the equation G = H T S that S > 0. For the reverse reaction B A, we have S < 0. (b) For the reaction A B, we have G < 0. Hence, for the reverse reaction at the same temperature,

G > 0.
(c) The reaction B A, which is the reverse reaction of A B, is exothermic ( H < 0). The magnitude of the term T S is small for low temperatures, so that the sign of G is determined by that of H . Hence at sufficiently low temperatures, the reaction B A can proceed. Example 20 Estimate the temperature range for which the following reaction is spontaneous.

SiO2 ( s) + 2C ( graphite) + 2Cl2 ( g ) SiCl4 ( g ) + 2CO( g )

Given : H f ( SiCl4 , g ) = 657 kJ / mol H f (CO, g ) = 110.5 kJ / mol H f ( SiO2 , s ) = 910.9 kJ / mol

S (SiCl4 , g ) = 330.6 J / mol K

S (CO , g ) = 197.6 J / mol K

S ( SiO2 , s) = 41.84 J / mol K

S (C , graphite) = 5.740 J / mol K

S (Cl2 , g ) = 223.0 J / mol K

Critical thinking
When we proceed we find that Sreaction is favourable to spontaneity, whereas H reaction is unfavourable.

Thus, we know that the reaction becomes spontaneous above some temperature. We can set G equal to zero in the equation G = H T S and solve for the temperature at which the system is at equilibrium. This will represent the temperature above which the reaction would be spontaneous. Solution:
H reaction = H f ( SiCl4 , g ) + 2 H f (CO, g ) H f ( SiO2 , S ) + 2H f (C , graphite) + 2H f (Cl2 , g )

= [(657) + 2 (110.5)] [(910.9) + 2(0) + 2(0)]

= +32.9 kJ / mol
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Sreaction = S SiCl + 2 SCO ( g ) S SiO2 ( s ) + 2 SC ( gr ) + 2 SCl2 ( g ) 4 (g )


= [(330.6) + 2(197.6)] [(41.84) + 2(5.740) + 2(223.0)]

= 226.5 J / mol.K

= 0.2265 kJ / mol.K When G = 0, neither the forward reaction nor the reverse reaction is spontaneous. Lets find the temperature at which G = 0 and the system is at equilibrium.

G = H T S = 0

H = T S
T= T= H S +32.9 kJ / mol +0.2265 kJ / mol.K

T = 145 K .

At temperature above 145 K, the T S would be greater (i.e. T S would be more negative) than the H term, which would make G negative. So, the reaction would be spontaneous above 145 K. Example 21 Show that the reaction CO( g ) + (1/ 2)O2 ( g ) CO2 ( g ) at 300 K is spontaneous and exothermic, when the standard entropy change is 0.094 kJ mol1 K1. The standard Gibbs free energies of formation for CO2 and CO are 394.4 and 137.2 kJ mol1, respectively. Critical thinking To show spontaneity, we need to show G to be negative and to show exothermicity, we need to show H to be negative. Use the following result to calculate the G of reaction (it is analogous to calculating enthalpy of a reaction using Hesss law):
Greaction = m G f products

n G f reactants

(this equation will be discussed in the unit on equilibrium). But, we dont have enough data to calculate H by using H = U + ( PV ). How will we calculate H ?
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Solution: The given reaction is CO( g ) + 1 O2 ( g ) CO2 ( g ) 2

Applying the equation given in the box above, we can calculate its Greaction as follows:

1 Greaction = G f (CO2 , g ) G f (O2 , g ) G f (CO , g ) 2

= [(394.4) (0) (137.2)] kJ / mol

= 257.2 kJ / mol

Greaction < 0, the reaction is spontaneous.

To calculate the H , let us use the equation G = H T S .

G = H T S
H = G + T S
H = ( 257.2 + 300( 0.094)) kJ / mol = 285.4 kJ / mol

Substituting the given values of T and S and obtained value of G , we get,

So, H < 0 as well, and hence, the reaction is exothermic.

Example 22 Use the thermodynamic data given to estimate the normal boiling point of bromine, Br2 . (Assume H and S do not change with temperature) Given :

H 0 f ( Br2 , g ) = 30.91 kJ / mol H 0 f ( Br2 , l ) = 0 kJ / mol

S 0 ( Br2 , g ) = 245.4 J / mol.K S 0 ( Br2 , l ) = 152.2 J / mol.K

Critical thinking The process we must consider is

Br2 (l ) Br2 ( g )
By definition, the normal boiling point of a liquid is the temperature at which pure liquid and pure gas coexist in equilibrium at 1 atm. And we have studied that at equilibrium, G = 0 (We will cover this concept in much more detail in the unit on equilibrium). We can calculate H and S for the above process and substitute in G = H T S to get the required boiling point.
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0 0 H reaction = H 0 f ( Br2 , g ) H f ( Br2 , l )


= (30.91 0) kJ / mol = 30.91 kJ / mol

0 Sreaction = S 0 ( Br2 , g ) S 0 ( Br2 , l )

= ( 245.4 152.2 )
= 93.2 J/mol.K = 0.0932 kJ / mol.K We can now solve for the temperature at which the system is in equilibrium, i.e., the boiling point of Br2. Greaction = H reaction T S reaction

0 = H reaction T S reaction
T= H reaction S reaction = 30.91 kJ / mol 0.0932 kJ / mol.K

= 332 K (or 59 C ) This is the temperature at which the system is in equilibrium, i.e. the boiling point of Br2.

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Q. 1

Indicate which of the following statements are correct (a) endothermic reactions cannot proceed spontaneously (b) endothermic reactions can proceed at sufficiently low temperatures (c) endothermic reactions can proceed at sufficiently high temperatures if the change in the entropy of the reaction is positive. Without performing calculations, indicate for which of the processes listed below the change in the entropy is positive: (a) MgO( s) + H 2 ( g ) Mg ( s) + H 2O(l ) (b) C ( graphite) + CO2 ( g ) 2CO( g ) (c) CH 3COOH (aq) CH 3COO (aq) + H + ( aq) (d) 4 HCl ( g ) + O2 ( g ) 2Cl2 ( g ) + 2 H 2O( g ) (e) NH 4 NO3 ( s ) N 2O( g ) + 2 H 2O( g )

Q. 2

Q. 3

In which of the following cases is a reaction possible at any temperature? (a) H < 0, S > 0 (b) H < 0, S < 0 (c) H > 0, S > 0

Q. 4

In which of the following cases is a reaction impossible at any temperature? (a) H > 0, S > 0 (b) H > 0, S < 0 (c) H < 0, S < 0

Q. 5

If H < 0 and S < 0, in which of the following cases can a reaction proceed spontaneously ? (a) H > T S (b) H < T S

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Q. 6

What is the sign of G for the process of ice melting at 263 K ? (a) G > 0 (b) G = 0 (c) G < 0

Q. 7

Taking into account that NO2 ( g ) is coloured, and N2O4 is colourless, and proceeding from the sign of the change in the entropy in the reaction 2 NO2 ( g ) " N 2O4 ( g ), predict how the colour will change in the system NO2 N 2O4 with elevation of the temperature. (a) It will increase (b) It will fade out.

Q. 8

For the reaction at 298 K,

2A + B C
H = 100 kcal and S = 0.050 kcal / K . Assuming H and S to be constant over the temperature range, at what temperature will the reaction become spontaneous?

Q. 9

A reaction has a value of H = 40 kcal at 400 K. Above 400 K, the reaction is spontaneous; below that temperature, it is not. Calculate G and S at 400 K.

Q. 10 For the reaction 2Cl ( g ) Cl2 ( g ), what are the signs of H and S ?

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Example 23 Using the data given below, calculate the bond enthalpy of C C and C H bonds.
c H (ethane) = 1556.5 kJ mol 1 ; c H (propane) = 2117.5 kJ mol 1

C (graphite) C ( g );

H = 719.7 kJ mol 1

Bond enthalpy of H H = 435.1 kJ mol1.

f H ( H 2O, l ) = 284.5 kJ mol 1;

Solution: The plan

f H (CO2 , g ) = 393.3 kJ mol 1

This is a slightly involved problem and requires planning before one solves it successfully. Lets try to solve this problem in steps as that would help us develop our thinking process. This is our plan: There are 3 Critical thinking boxes for this problem. It is suggested that you study one critical thinking box at a time and then try to solve the problem. If you cannot then study the next box and try to attempt the problem again! Critical thinking Box 1 Lets set our target first. We have to calculate the bond enthalpy of C C and C H bonds. Till now the polyatomic molecules which were used to calculate the bond enthalpies contained only one type of bond. For example, CH4 can be used to obtain bond enthalpy for C H bonds. But the molecules given in this problem are C2H6 and C3H8. Thus both have at least one C C bond besides C H bonds. So, they cannot be individually used to get bond enthalpy value of any of these bonds. However, enthalpy change accompanying dissociation of any of these molecules into free atoms will be a sum of bond enthalpies of C C and C H bonds multiplied by appropriate constants. Solution: (part - 1) When C2H6(g) is dissociated into free atoms, one C C bond and six C H bonds are broken to form 2 carbon atoms and 6 hydrogen atoms as shown:

HCCH H H (C2H6 )

2C ( g ) + 6 H ( g ); H (C2 H6 free atoms)

... (1)

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Similarly, the dissociation of C3H8(g) into free atoms will be as follows:



3C ( g ) + 8H ( g ); H (C3H8 free atoms)


In this case 2 C C bonds and 8 C H bonds have been broken. If we let x and y represent the bond enthalpy of C C and C H bonds respectively then H of equations (1) and (2) above can be written as:
x + 6 y = H ( C2 H 6 free atoms) 2 x + 8 y = H ( C3 H8 free atoms)

...(3) ...(4)

(You are requested to try and solve the whole problem yourself now and only after the attempt see the next critical thinking box). Critical thinking Box 2 We have to now find H for equations (1) and (2) above from the given set of data. We see we have been given enthalpies of combustion for ethane and propane. Using these we can calculate the enthalpy of formation of both ethane and propane. Although we dont get the required H of (1) and (2) from this, it seems like a reasonable line to move on. Can you see how then the H f values so obtained can be combined with other thermodynamical data to get the required H ' s ?

Solution : (part - 2) The combustion reaction for ethane can be written as:
7 C2 H 6 ( g ) + O2 ( g ) 2CO2 ( g ) + 3H 2O(l ); c H = 1556.5 kJ / mole 2

From this we can write,

7 C H = 3 H f ( H 2O, l ) + 2. H f (CO2 , g ) H f (O2 , g ) H f (C2 H 6 , g ) 2 7 1556.5 = 3 284.5 + 2.( 393.3) (0) H f (C2 H 6 , g ) 2 H f (C2 H 6 , g ) = 83.6 kJ / mol

We can write the thermochemical equation for this as:

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2C (graphite) + 3 H 2 ( g ) C2 H 6 ( g ); H f = 83.6 kJ / mol


Similarly, the combustion reaction for propane can be written as: C3 H 8 ( g ) + 5O2 ( g ) 3 CO2 ( g ) + 4 H 2O(l ) From this we can write,
C H = 4 H f ( H 2O, l ) + 3 H f (CO2 , g ) 5. H f (O2 , g ) H f (C3 H 8 , g ) 2117.5 = 4 ( 284.5) + 3 ( 393.3) 5(0) H f (C3 H 8 , g ) H f (C3 H 8 , g ) = 101 kJ / mol

We can write the thermochemical equation for this as:

3 C (graphite) + 4 H 2 ( g ) C3 H 8 ( g ); H f = 101 kJ / mol


Critical thinking Box 3 If we reverse equations (5) and (6) we can obtain the H for conversion of ethane and propane into its constituent elements. But the H that we are seeking in equations (1) and (2) are for conversion of ethane and propane into their constituent atoms (and not elements!). However, can we use equations (5) and (6) with the given thermodynamical data to obtain H for (1) and (2) using Hesss law?

Solution: (part - 3) It is given that,

C (graphite) C ( g ); H = 719.7 kJ / mol

...(7) ...(8)

H 2 ( g ) 2H ( g );

H = 435.1 kJ / mol

Using equations (5), (7) and (8) we may write,

2 C (graphite) + 3 H 2 ( g ) 2C ( g ) 6H ( g ) 2C ( g ) + 6H ( g )

2 C ( graphite) ; H = 2 719.7 kJ / mol 3 H 2 ( g) C2 H 6 ( g ) ; H = 3 435.1 kJ / mol ; H = 2828.3 kJ / mol

This is obtained applying Hesss law.

C2 H 6 ( g )

; H = 83.6 kJ / mol

... (9)

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Now, using equations (6), (7), (8) we may write,

3 C ( graphite) + 4 H 2 ( g ) 3C ( g ) 8H ( g ) 3C ( g ) + 8H ( g )

3 C ( graphite) ; H = 3 719.7 kJ / mol 4 H 2 ( g) C3 H 6 ( g ) ; H = 4 435.1 kJ / mol ; H = 4000.5 kJ / mol

This is obtained applying Hesss law.

C3 H8 ( g )

; H = 101 kJ / mol

... (10)

It is the reverse of (9) and (10) that we set out to find. We thus have, C2 H 6 ( g ) 2C ( g ) + 6 H ( g ) ; H (C2 H 6 free atoms ) = 2828.3 kJ / mol C3 H 8 ( g ) 3C ( g ) + 8H ( g ) ; H (C3 H8 free atoms ) = 4000.5 kJ / mol We can use equations(3) and (4) to rewrite the above as: x + 6y = 2828.3 2x + 8y = 4000.5 Solving these two equations simultaneously, we get, Bond enthalpy of C H bond, y = 414 kJ / mol Bond enthalpy of C C bond, x = 344.3 kJ / mol This is what we set out to find. It is recommended that you reread the whole problem again and try to internalise the approach taken here to solve this problem. Example 24 Compute the enthalpy of formation of liquid methyl alcohol in kilojoules per mole, using the following data. Enthalpy of vaporization of liquid methyl alcohol = 38 kJ/mol. Enthalpy of gaseous atoms from the elements in their standard states; H, 218 kJ/mol; C, 715 kJ/mol; O, 249 kJ/mol. Average bond enthalpy: C H, 415 kJ/mol; C O, 356 kJ/mol, and O H, 463 kJ/mol Critical thinking box 1 Our target equation is:
1 C ( graphite ) + 2 H 2 ( g ) + O2 ( g ) CH 3OH (l ) ; H f = ? 2

If we can obtain this equation from the summation of other equations, then using Hesss law we can calculate the H f .
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Solution: (part - 1) The given data can be enlisted as: (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7)

CH3OH (l )
1 H (g) 2 2
C (graphite)

CH3OH ( g )
H (g)

H1 = 38kJ / mol.
H 2 = 218 kJ / mol.
H 3 = 715 kJ / mol

1 O (g) 2 2
C O( g ) C O( g ) O H (g)

O( g )
C(g) + H (g) C ( g ) + O( g ) O( g ) + H ( g )

H 4 = 249 kJ / mol
H 5 = 415 kJ / mol H 6 = 356 kJ / mol H 7 = 463 kJ / mol

Our target equation is:

C (graphite) + 2 H 2 ( g ) + 1 2 O2 ( g ) CH 3OH (l ); H f = ? If you try to apply Hesss law now you will find an anomaly in the data. Generally, when we apply Hesss law to a given set of equations to obtain a target equation, all substances which are not present in the target equation, are present twice in the given set of equations and we arrange them on opposite sides so that they cancel. But here we see that many substances which are not present in the target
equation are present only at one place in the given set of equations. ( CH 3OH ( g ) and the bonds
C H , C O and O H .) How do we proceed further?

Critical thinking box 2 To get our target equation from the given set of equations we need one or more themochemical equations that relate the substances which are not present in target equations and are present only once in the given set of equations. How can we do that here ? Solution: (part - 2) We see that CH 3OH ( g ), C H ( g ), C O( g ) and O H ( g ) are not present in the target equation and they can be related together by the following equation: (8) ... CH 3OH ( g ) C ( g ) + 4 H ( g ) + O( g ); H 8 = ? This equation involves breaking of all the bonds in CH3OH and the accompanying H8 can be calculated from equations (5), (6) and (7) as follows: H 8 = 3. C H + C O + C H = (3 415 + 356 + 463) kJ/mol = 2064 kJ/mol
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Critical thinking box 3 If we analyse now, then the target equation can be obtained from the given set of equations (1) - (7) and the new equation (8) Solution: (part - 3) (3) 1: (2) 4 : (4) 1:

C (graphite)
2H 2 ( g )

C (g)
4H ( g )

1 H 3 = 715 kJ / mol
4 H 2 = 4 218 kJ / mol

1 O (g) 2 2

O (g)
CH 3 OH ( g ) CH 3OH (l )

1 H 4 = 249 kJ / mol
1 H 8 = 2064 kJ / mol 1 H1 = 38 kJ / mol

(8) 1: C ( g ) + 4 H ( g ) + O ( g ) (1) 1:
CH 3 OH ( g )

______________________________________________________________________________________ Target equation: C (graphite) + 2 H 2 ( g ) + 1 2 O2 ( g ) CH 3OH (l ) H = 266 kJ / mol

Hence enthalpy of formation of CH 3OH (l ) is 266 kJ/mol

Example 25 The standard molar enthalpies of formation of cyclohexane (1) and benzene (1) at 25C are 156 and + 49 kJ mol1, respectively. The standard enthalpy of hydrogenation of cyclohexene(1) at 25C is 119 kJ mol1. Use these data to estimate the magnitude of the resonance energy of benzene. Critical thinking Resonance energy of benzene is the H accompanying the following hypothetical reaction: (1) ; H = resonance energy. Now, we can obtain the H reaction for the following: (2) (using H 0 f values given). Can this reaction be written in another sequence of steps such that are still the initial and final compounds respectively but involve the last step as and ?

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Solution: The reaction corresponding to hydrogenation of cyclohexene is:

(l ) + H 2 ( g )

H = 119 kJ / mol

This means that the creation of one double bond in cyclohexane requires + 119 kJ/mol. And further creation of double bonds in the product molecule can also be assumed to be + 119 kJ/mol only. This motivates us to write the equation (2) in critical thinking box above alternatively as:


H = + 119 kJ/mol

H. = + 119 kJ/mol

H = + 119 kJ/mol

resonance energy

and we already know that: (2) Here,


0 H r0 = H 0 f (benzene, l) H f (cyclohexane, l)

= 49 kJ/mol ( 156) kJ/mol = 205 kJ/mol.

By applying Hesss law we can say that,

H r0 = 3. H + resonance energy. resonance energy = H r0 3 H

= (205 3. 119) kJ/mol = 152 kJ/mol.

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Fundamentals and first law of thermodynamics

Q. 1 Indicate the correct relationship of the standard changes in the enthalpy for the following reactions:

H 2 ( g ) + O( g ) H 2O( g )
1 H 2 ( g ) + O2 ( g ) H 2O ( g ) 2

...(1) ...(2) ...(3)

2 H ( g ) + O ( g ) H 2O ( g )
(a) H 2 < H1 < H 3 ; (b) H 2 > H1 > H 3 .

Q. 2 Q. 3 Q. 4

If 1500 cal of heat is added to a system while the system does work equivalent to 2500 cal by expanding against the surrounding atmosphere, what is the value of U for the system? Starting with the definition H = U + PV , prove that the enthalpy change for a process with no work other than expansion is equal to the heat added at constant pressure. Read the following statement and explanation and answer as per the options given below: STATEMENT(S) : The endothermic reactions are favoured at lower temperature and the exothermic reactions are favoured at higher temperature. EXPLANATION(E): When a system in equilibrium is disturbed by changing the temperature, it will tend to adjust itself so as to overcome the effect of change. (a) Both S and E are true, and E is the correct explanation of S. (b) Both S and E are true, and E is not the correct explanation of S. (c) S is true but E is false. (d) S is false but E is true. For which change H U : (a) H 2 + I 2 2 HI (c) C( s ) + O2( g ) CO2( g ) (b) HCl + NaOH NaCl (d) N 2 + 3H 2 2 NH 3

Q. 5

Q. 6

Which one of the following statements is false? (a) Work is a state function (b) Temperature is a state function (c) Change in the state is completely defined when the initial and final states are specified (d) Work appears at the boundary of the system.

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Q. 7

Identify the intensive quantities from the following: (a) Enthalpy (b) Temperature (c) Volume (d) Refractive Index If 1.000 kcal of heat is added to 1.200 L of oxygen in a cylinder at constant pressure of 1.00 atm, the volume increases to 1.500 L. Calculate U for the process. The reaction of cyanamide, NH 2CN ( s), with oxygen was run in a bomb calorimeter, and U was found to be 742.7 kJ/mol of NH 2CN ( s) at 298 K. Calculate the H 298 for the reaction.
3 NH 2CN ( s ) + O2 N 2 + CO2 + H 2O (l ) 2

Q. 8 Q. 9

Q. 10 A sample of 0.20 mol of a gas at 44C and 1.5 atm pressure is cooled to 27C and compressed to 3.0 atm. Calculate V . Suppose the original sample of gas were heated at constant volume until its pressure was 3.0 atm and then cooled at constant pressure to 27C. What would V have been? Is volume a state function? Is your answer limited to this sample of gas?

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Q. 11 Equal volumes of hydrogen and acetylene (C2H2) taken in identical conditions are burned with the formation of H 2O( g ). In which case is more heat liberated, and how many times more?
Q. 12 Determine H 298 for the reaction 3C2 H 2 ( g ) C6 H 6 (l ) if H 298 for the reaction of combustion of
of formation of acetylene with the formation of CO2 ( g ) and H 2O(l ) is 1300 kJ/mol, and H 298 benzene ( l ) is 82.9 kJ/mol ? Q. 13 The polymerisation of ethylene to linear polyethylene is represented by the reaction

n CH 2 = CH 2 (CH 2 CH 2 ) n
where n has a large integral value. Given that the average enthalpies of bond dissociation for C C and 1 C C at 298 K are +590 and +331 kJ mol respectively. Calculate the enthalpy of polymerisation per mole of ethylene at 298 K. Q. 14 The standard molar enthalpies of formation of ethane, carbon dioxide and liquid water are 88.3, 393.7 and 285.8 kJ mol1, respectively. Calculate the standard molar enthalpy of combustion of ethane. Q. 15 The standard enthalpy of combustion at 25C of hydrogen, cyclohexene (C6 H10 ) and cyclohexane (C6 H12 ) are 241, 3800 and 3920 kJ mol1, respectively. Calculate the standard enthalpy of hydrogenation of cyclohexene.

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Q. 16 An athlete is given 100 g of glucose (C6 H12O6 ) of energy equivalent to 1560 kJ. He utilizes 50% of this gained energy in the event. In order to avoid storage of energy in the body, calculate the mass of water he would need to perspire. The enthalpy of evaporation of water is 44 kJ mol1. Q. 17 Determine the enthalpy of the reaction C3 H 8 ( g ) + H 2 ( g ) C2 H 6 ( g ) + CH 4 ( g ) at 25C using the given enthalpy of combustion values under standard conditions: Compound:

H2 (g )

CH 4 ( g )

C2 H 6 ( g ) 1560.0

C(graphite) 393.5

H ( kJ mol 1 ) : 285.8

The standard enthalpy of formation of C3 H8 ( g ) is 103.8 kJ mol1. Q. 18 The enthalpy change involved in the oxidation of glucose is 2880 kJ mol1. Twenty-five per cent of this energy is available for muscular work. If 100 kJ of muscular work is needed to walk one kilometer, what is the maximum distance that a person will be able to walk after eating 120 g of glucose. Q. 19 Estimate the average S F bond enthalpy of SF6. The value of standard enthalpy of formation of SF6 ( g ), S ( g ) and F ( g ) are : 1100, 275 and 80 kJ mol1 respectively. Q. 20 Calculate the bond energy of C C in C2 H 2 from the following data:
5 (i) C2 H 2 ( g ) + O2 ( g ) 2CO2 ( g ) + H 2O; H = 310 kcal 2

(ii) C ( s ) + O2 ( g ) CO2 ( g ); H = 94 kcal

1 (iii) H 2 ( g ) + O2 ( g ) H 2O; H = 68 kcal 2

Bond energy of C H bonds = 99 kcal Heat of atomisation of C = 171 kcal Heat of atomisation of H = 52 kcal

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Q. 21 The enthalpy change for a certain reaction at 298 K is 15.0 kcal/mol. The entropy change under these conditions is 7.2 cal / mol K . Calculate the free energy change for the reaction, and predict whether the reaction may occur spontaneously. Q. 22 For the reaction
2 A( g ) + B ( g ) 2 D ( g )
U 298 = 2.50 kcal and S298 for the reaction, and predict whether = 10.5 cal / K . Calculate G298 the reaction may occur spontaneously.

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Q. 23 At 25C, the enthalpy of reaction under standard state conditions for the combustion of CO,
1 CO ( g ) + O2 ( g ) CO2 ( g ) 2

is 282.98 kJ/mol, and G for the reaction is 257.19 kJ/mol. At what temperature will this reaction no longer be spontaneous under standard state conditions? Q. 24 For the reaction at 25C

X 2O4 (l ) 2 XO2 ( g )
U = 2.1 kcal and S = 20 cal / K .

(a) Calculate the G for the reaction. (b) Is the reaction spontaneous as written ? Q. 25 Given the following reactions with their enthalpy changes, N 2 ( g ) + 2O2 ( g ) 2 NO2 ( g ) N 2 ( g ) + 2O2 ( g ) N 2O4 ( g ) H 298 = 16.18 kcal H 298 = 2.31 kcal

calculate the enthalpy of dimerization of NO2. Is N2O4 apt to be stable with respect to NO2 at 25C? Explain you answer. Q. 26 Are the following statements true of false? Justify you answer. (a) An endothermic reaction is spontaneous. (b) If H and S are both positive, then G will decrease when the temperature increases. (c) A reaction for which S sys is positive is spontaneous Q. 27 For the reaction

C ( graphite) + O2 ( g ) CO2 ( g )
H 0 = 393.51 kJ / mol and S 0 = 2.86 J / mol K at 25C. Does this reaction become more or less favourable as the temperature increases? (b) For the reaction
1 C ( s ) + O2 ( g ) CO ( g ) 2

H 0 = 110.52 kJ / mol and S 0 = 89.36 J / mol K at 25C. Does this reaction become more or less favorable as the temperature increases ? (c) Compare the temperature dependencies of these reactions. Q. 28 How does the value of G 0 change for the reaction CCl4 (l ) + H 2 ( g ) HCl ( g ) + CHCl3 (l ) if the reaction is carried out at 95C rather than at 25C? At 25C , G 0 = 103.75 kJ / mol and H 0 = 91.34 kJ / mol for the reaction.
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TRY YOURSELF - I Ans. 1 Ans. 2 Ans. 3 Ans. 4 Ans. 5 Ans. 6 Ans. 7 Ans. 8 Ans. 9 (a) w = 0 (a) by the system (a) U Zero When q = w, U = + 107 kJ The first reaction. (a) by the system 556 kJ (b) 2.2 kJ (b) no work done (b) H (c) U

(c) on the system (d) H

0 even if the final conditions are not same as initial conditions

(b) on the system

(c) by the system

TRY YOURSELF - II Ans. 2 296.5 litres Ans. 4 1312 kJ Ans. 6 294 kJ/mol Ans. 8 2035 kJ/mol Ans. 10 2957 calories; 41, 500 calories Ans. 3 162.1 kJ/mol Ans. 5 52.4 kJ/mol Ans. 7 173.4 kJ/mol Ans. 9 +60.6 kcal/mole. Ans. 11 1260 kJ/mol.

TRY YOURSELF - III Ans. 1 Ans. 3 Ans. 5 Ans. 7 c a a a Ans. 2 Ans. 4 Ans. 6 Ans. 8 b, c, e b a 2000 K

Ans. 9 G = 0; S = 100 cal / K

Ans. 10 H = negative; S = negative

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Fundamentals and first law of thermodynamics

Ans. 1 b Ans. 4 d Ans. 6 a Ans. 8 0.993 kcal Ans. 10 1.83 litres Ans. Ans. Ans. Ans. 2 1000 calories 5d 7 b, d 9 741.5 kJ

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Ans. 11 In the combustion of C2 H 2 ;5.2 times more. Ans. 12 Ans. 14 Ans. 16 Ans. 18 Ans. 20 598.7 kJ 1556.5 kJ/mol 319.14 grams 4.80 km +194 kcal. Ans. 13 Ans. 15 Ans. 17 Ans. 19 72 kJ 121 kJ/mol 55.7 kJ/mol 309.2 kJ/mol

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Ans. 21 12.9 kcal/mol Ans. 22 cannot be spontaneous. Ans. 23 No such temperature exists i.e. it will be spontaneous at all temperatures. Ans. 24 G = 2.7 kcal Ans. 25 H = 13.87 kcal Ans. 27 (a) more favourable Ans. 28 106.66 kJ Ans. 26 (a) False (b) True (c) False (b) more fovourable

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