Heat of reaction, Chemistry tutorial


The Heat of Reaction (as well known and Enthalpy of Reaction) is the change in the enthalpy of a chemical reaction which takes place at a constant pressure. This is a thermodynamic unit of measurement helpful for computing the amount of energy per mole either discharged or generated in a reaction. As enthalpy is derived from the volume, pressure and internal energy, all of which are state functions, enthalpy is as well a state function.

Definition of heat of reaction:

The heat of reaction is stated as:

The enthalpy changes whenever stoichiometric quantities of reactants react fully in a single reaction to form products at similar pressure and temperature.

Definition of Standard Heat of Reaction:

The heat of reaction whenever both reactants and products are at 1 atm and a specified reference temperature (almost for all time 25oC)

ΔH or the change in enthalpy occurs as a unit of measurement meant to compute the change in energy of a system whenever it became too difficult to determine the ΔU, or change in the internal energy of a system, by concurrently measure the amount of heat and work exchanged. Given a constant pressure, the change in enthalpy can be computed as ΔH = q

The notation ΔHº or ΔHºrxn then occurs to describe the specific pressure and temperature of the heat of reaction ΔH. The standard enthalpy of reaction is represented by ΔHº or ΔHºrxn and can take on both negative and positive values. The units for ΔHº are kilojoules per mole, or kj/mol.

Concept of Heat of reaction:

Heat of reaction is the amount of heat which should be added or removed throughout a chemical reaction in order to keep all of the substances present at similar temperature. If the pressure in the vessel having the reacting system is kept at a constant value, the measured heat of reaction as well represents the change in the thermodynamic quantity termed as enthalpy, or heat content, accompanying the process, that is, the difference between the enthalpy of the substances present at the end of the reaction and the enthalpy of substances present at the beginning of the reaction. Therefore, the heat of reaction determined at constant pressure is as well designated the enthalpy of reaction, symbolized by the symbol ΔH. If the heat of reaction is (+ ive) positive, then the reaction is stated to be endothermic; if negative, then exothermic.

The prediction and measurement of the heat effects that accompany the chemical changes are significant to the understanding and make use of of chemical reactions. If the vessel having the reacting system is so insulated that no heat flows into or out of the system (that is, adiabatic condition), the heat effect which accompanies the transformation might be manifested via an increase or a decrease in temperature, as the case might be, of the substances present. The accurate values of heats of reactions are essential for the proper design of equipment for use in the chemical procedures.

As it is not practical to make a heat measurement for each and every reaction that takes place and because for some reactions like a measurement might not even be feasible, it is customary to estimate the heats of reactions from appropriate combinations of compiled standard thermal data. These data generally take the form of standard heats of formation and heats of combustion. The standard heat of formation is stated as the amount of heat absorbed or evolved at 25° C (77° F ) and at one atmosphere pressure whenever one mole of a compound is made from its constituent elements, each and every substance being in its normal physical state (that is, gas, liquid and solid). The heat of formation of an element is randomly assigned a value of zero. The standard heat of combustion is likewise stated as the amount of heat evolved at 25° C and at one atmosphere pressure whenever one mole of a substance is burned in surplus oxygen. The process of computing heats of reactions from measured values of heats of formation and combustion is mainly based on the principle termed as Hess's law of the heat summation.

ΔH and ΔHºrxn:

Δ = symbolizes the change in the enthalpy; (ΔHproducts - ΔHreactants)

A positive value points out the products have greater enthalpy, or that it is an endothermic reaction (that is, heat is needed)

A negative value points out the reactants have greater enthalpy, or that it is an exothermic reaction (that is, heat is produced)

º = means that the reaction is a standard enthalpy change and takes place at a preset pressure/temperature

rxn = Represents that this change is the enthalpy of reaction

The Standard State: The standard state of a liquid or solid is the pure substance at a pressure of 1 bar (105 Pa) and at a relevant temperature.

The ΔHºrxn is the standard heat of reaction or standard enthalpy of the reaction, and like ΔH as well computes the enthalpy of a reaction. Though, ΔHºrxn occurs beneath 'standard' conditions, implying that the reaction occurs at 25º C and 1 atm. The advantage of a measuring ΔH beneath standard conditions lies in the capability to relate one value of ΔHº to the other, as they take place under similar conditions.

Obtaining Heats of Reaction:

We are familiar that we can add two or more chemical equations to give the other equation and that heat of reaction add in precisely the similar way. This is termed as Hess's Law. This method can be employed with heats of formation, heats of combustion, other heats of reaction and so on.

1) From Heats of Formation:

Definition: The heat of formation is stated as the heat of reaction whenever a compound is made from its elements (in their natural state of aggregation) at 25oC and 1 atm. The element's natural state of aggregation is the phase and molecular structure which is most stable at 25oC and 1 atm.

As an illustration, the heat of formation for CO (g) would be the heat of reaction for C (graph) + 1/2 O2 (g) = CO (g). It will be noted that O2 is the naturally occurring element, not O, at 25oC and 1 atm. Likewise; graphite is the naturally occurring form of carbon at such conditions. Some additional illustrations of reactions for which the heat of reaction is the heat of formation are:

C (graph) + O2 (g) = CO2 (g)         ΔHr = ΔHf, CO2

6C (graph) + 3H2 (g) = C6H6 (l)     ΔHr = ΔHf, benzene

H2 (g) + 1/2 O2 (g) = H2O (l)         ΔHr = ΔHf, H2O (l)

We can simplify this method in equation form as:

ΔHr = ΣviΔHf,v i  (Calculating heats of reaction from heats of formation)

Here, as the student will perhaps remember, 'ni' is the stoichiometric coefficient for that compound in the reaction (do not forget the proper sign). Bu employing this equation, we could instantly write down the heat of reaction devoid of having to do the labor of combining the equations.

2) From Heats of Combustion:

Definition: The heat of combustion is stated as the heat of reaction whenever a compound is fully burned with O2 to make specific combustion products; namely, CO2 (g), H2O (l), SO2 (g), Cl2 (g), N2 (g) and so on at 25oC and 1 atm.

It will be noted that in order for the heat of reaction to be the heat of combustion, water should be liquid. All of the other elements should end up in the specific compounds specified above. All of the carbon should end up as CO2; all of the sulphur should end up as SO2 and so on. That does not mean that whenever you burn something having C that it will all be transformed to CO2, however if it isn't then the enthalpy change is not the standard heat of combustion.

As an illustration of the use of heats of combustion, consider how we may get the heat of reaction for the transformation of methane to propane:

3CH4 (g) = C3H8 (g) + 2H2 (g)

By utilizing the given combustion reactions:

CH4 (g) + 2O2 (g) = CO2 (g) + 2H2O (l)          ΔHC = -890.36 kJ/mol

C3H8 (g) + 5O2 (g) = 3CO2 (g) + 4H2O (l)       ΔHC = -2220.0 kJ/mol

H2 (g) + 1/2 O2 (g) = H2O (l)                           ΔDHC = -285.84 kJ/mol

We can simplify this method in equation form as:

ΔHr = -ΣviΔHc,i  (computing heats of reaction from the heats of combustion)

Hess's Law:

Define: The heat of any reaction 'ΔH' for a specific reaction is equivalent to the sum of the heats of reaction for any set of reactions that in sum are equal to the overall reaction:

Hess's law states that reaction enthalpy does not based on the route you take from the reactants to the products. (A more dense way to state Hess's law is 'enthalpy is a state function'.) The law is a direct effect of the fact that energy is conserved. Whenever a reaction could proceed through two different routes that provide two different reaction enthalpies, reversing the reaction through one route and going forward by the other would provide you a manner to form energy out of nothing- and that is not possible.

Hess's law is significant as it gives a practical manner to combine Thermochemical equations for known 'step' reactions to get a Thermochemical equation for certain 'target' reaction. The fundamental process is as follows:

a) Write out the Thermochemical equations for the step reactions.

b) Write down the balanced chemical equation for the target reaction.

c) Reverse the step reactions so products or reactants match the target reaction.

d) Scale step reactions therefore products or reactants which do not appear in the target reaction will cancel out.

e) Add the step reactions.

f) Scale the resultant reaction therefore it matches the target reaction.

Rules for Enthalpy Changes:

To make use of Hess's Law to compute the enthalpy changes for chemical reactions, you should apply the given rules:

a) If you reverse a chemical reaction, you should as well reverse the sign of ΔH.

CH4 (g) + 2O2 (g) → CO2 (g) + 2H2O (g)          ΔH = - 802 kJ

CO2 (g) + 2H2O (g) → CH4 (g) + 2O2 (g)          ΔH = + 802 kJ

b) If the coefficients in a balanced equation are multiplied via a factor, then the value of ?H is multiplied via the similar factor.

CH4 (g) + 2O2 (g) → CO2 (g) + 2H2O (g)          ΔH = - 802 kJ

2CH4 (g) + 4O2 (g) → 2CO2 (g) + 4H2O (g)      ΔH = -1604 kJ

What does Hess's law say about the enthalpy of a reaction?

The law defines that the net enthalpy change throughout a reaction is similar whether the reaction is made up in one step or in some steps.

In another words, if a chemical change occurs by some different routes, the total enthalpy change is similar, apart from of the route through which the chemical change takes place (given the initial and final condition are similar).

Hess' law lets the enthalpy change (ΔH) for a reaction to be computed even when it can't be computed directly. This is accomplished through performing fundamental algebraic operations based on the chemical equation of reactions by employing prior determined values for the enthalpies of formation.

The addition of chemical equations leads to a total or overall equation. If enthalpy change is acknowledged for each and every equation, the outcome will be the enthalpy change for the net equation.

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