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Ch 6 Lecture Notes Thermochemistry(1)

Thermochemistry is an important subset of thermodynamics. Thermodynamics is
the study of energy conversion between heat and mechanical work.
Thermochemistry is the study of heat involved in chemical reactions and its
utilization in performing mechanical work.
Forms of Energy – Energy is defined as the ability to do work or transfer heat.
Some forms of energy that are of interest in this course are:
1. Kinetic energy results from motion. We have learned in the previous chapter on
gases that molecules can have kinetic energy. Kinetic energy (EK) is calculated
from the formula
𝐾𝑒 = π‘šπ‘’2 (1)
Where m is the mass of an object and 𝑒 is the velocity of the object. Thermal
energy, as defined in the section on gases, is a form of kinetic energy and can be
expressed in terms of the molecular properties of molecules or their macroscopic
temperature T as shown below.
𝐾 = 𝑀𝑒̅2 = RT (2)
2. Potential energy is the energy of an object based upon its position.
3. Chemical Energy is the energy in molecules atoms and ions due to the
attraction and repulsions of the electrons and nuclei in these species.
Kinetic and potential energy are interchangeable with the sum of these two
quantities being constant because of the law of conservation of energy.
Energy Changes in Chemical Reactions – In our society chemical reactions are
employed to generate heat (for example in space heating) and to generate
motion by doing mechanical work ( for example in automobiles and electrical
generators) Most of the time we employ combustion reactions for this purpose.
In addition, in the biosphere chemical reactions are used to sustain life (for
example in the combustion of glucose which provides heat and energy).
For any discussion of thermodynamics we define a system and its surroundings.
In thermochemistry the system is the reaction and its container (beaker, flask, or
test tube etc.) and the surrounds is everything else (the rest of the universe) In
thermochemistry we define an endothermic reaction as a reaction that absorbs
heat and an exothermic reaction as one that liberates or give off heat. As shown
in Figure 5.2 in the textbook if we plot energy for an exothermic reaction the
products are at a lower energy than the reactants and for an endothermic
reaction the products are at a higher energy than the reactants.
In this course we will use two different units for energy. These are the joule and
the calorie. The joule is the S.I. unit of energy. The calorie is a commonly used unit
especially in biology. There are 4.184 Joules in a calorie. The food industry
commonly employs a unit called the Calorie (upper case) which is 1000 times
greater than the scientific calorie. In the scientific nomenclature this unit is
referred to as a kilocalorie.
The First Law of Thermodynamics The first law of thermodynamics is a simple
application of the law of conservation of energy. Simply stated when heat is
converted to work no energy is created or destroyed. The first quantity that we
define is internal energy , U. In the molecular world molecules can have several
types of energy:
1. Intermolecular energy or the attraction or repulsion of the atoms between
different molecules.
2. Intramolecular energy or the attraction or repulsion of the atoms in the
same molecule.
For any molecule, this intramolecular energy can manifest itself in the
following ways.
a. The movement of the molecule. This is known as translational energy.
b. Excited electronic states of the molecule. This is known as electronic
A molecule with two or more atoms can also have energy due to
the rotation of the molecule. This is known as rotational energy.
the movement or vibration of the bonds between atoms of a molecule.
This is known as vibrational energy.
Any chemical reaction we have an initial state (the reactants) and the final state
(the products) For the difference between these two we define the mathematical
function Ξ” which is the difference between the value of the final state(2) and the
initial state (1). Therefore we have
Ξ”U = U2 – U1 (3)
Consider the reaction
S(s) + O2(g) β†’ SO2(g) (4)
The energy released during this reaction is Ξ”U = Uproducts – Ureactants, where U is the
energy per mole of reactant or product.
Conversion of Work and Heat The first law of thermodynamics can be expressed
by the equation,
Ξ”U = q + w, (5)
where Ξ”U is the change in internal energy of a process (or reaction), q is the heat
liberated or absorbed and w is the work done on or by the system. The
convention used in calculations is a positive q is heat absorbed by the system
while a negative q is heat added to the system. Work done on the system is
positive while work done by the system is negative. These conventions are
illustrated in the Table below.
Constant Volume and Constant Pressure Processes Chemical reactions and be
carried out under constant pressure or constant volume. Most chemical processes
are carried out at constant pressure due to the fact that the external pressure on
the reaction is simply atmospheric pressure and this pressure doesn’t vary much
during the course of most chemical reactions conducted in the laboratory.
Additionally most reactions in solids or in liquids do not have any appreciable
change in volume. The one exception to this is a chemical reaction involving a gas.
For a reaction where there is a change in volume the work done by such a
reaction is
w = -PΞ”V (6)
where P is the external pressure and Ξ”V is the change in volume.
When a chemical reaction occurs at constant volume, however, there is no work
done and from reaction (5) we have
Ξ”U = q. (7) for constant volume
Enthalpy For constant pressure problems we define a new term called enthalpy
(H) by the equation
H = U +PV (8).
For a change in H we therefore have
Ξ”H = Ξ”U +Ξ”PV (9).
For a constant pressure process we factor out the pressure and we have
Ξ”H = Ξ”U +PΞ”V (10).
Substituting (5) for Ξ”U in (10) we have
Ξ”H = q + w +PΞ”V (11).
substituting (6) into (11)
Ξ”H = q + - PΞ”V +PΞ”V
or for constant pressure problems
Ξ”H = q for constant pressure (12)
From this we can see that
1. Ξ”U represents the heat released for a chemical reaction at constant volume
2. Ξ”H represents the heat released for a chemical reaction at constant pressure
Since most chemical reactions are performed at constant pressure we see many
tables referred to as the heat of reaction or equivalently the enthalpy of
State Variables, Functions and Thermodynamic Cycles In science, a the state of
a system is defined by the macroscopic values of the properties of a system.
These include pressure, temperature, composition, energy etc. For any system, a
state function has only one value for a given state. A thermodynamic cycle is
simply a process by which the state of the system is changed from one point to
another through any series of steps but is finally returned to the initial state. An
illustration of this is shown in Figure 1. In this process we change the pressure
and temperature through four states 1β†’2, 2β†’3, 3β†’4 and 4β†’1.
Figure 1 Thermodynamic cycle
Since a state variable has only one value at each of the states, in a cycle its final
value must be the same as its initial value since it begins and ends at the same
state. Both of the variables U and H are state variables but q and w are not. For
example, we can express this mathematically for the enthalpy ,H, the (for the
cycle above by the equation)
Ξ”H1β†’2 + Ξ”H2β†’3 + Ξ”H3β†’4 + Ξ”H4β†’1 = 0 (13)
This relationship is important in science because scientists measure and compile
values of Ξ”H for multitudes reactions and physical changes. Sometimes it is
difficult or impossible to measure a particular reaction, but equation 13 allows us
to determine its value by measuring the enthalpy change for all of the other
reactions in the cycle and using equation 13 to determine the unknown enthalpy
in the cycle.
Specific Heat and Heat Capacity Specific heat and heat capacities are used to
determine the heat q (= Ξ”H at constant pressure) when substances are heated.
The defining equations are,
q = msΞ”T (14)
where m is the mass of a substance, s is the specific heat and Ξ”T is the
temperature change. Also we have
q = CΞ”T (15)
where C is the heat capacity of a substance. Table 5.2 in your text shows values of
the specific heat for various substances.
Measurement of q Laboratory measurements of q are made using a calorimeter.
In these measurements the calorimeter is a thermally insulated device in which a
measured amount of substance is place in the calorimeter, the substance is
heated and the specific heat or the heat capacity is determined using equations
14 or 15. The figure below shows such a device.
Figure 2 Calorimeter
Hess’s Law This law is an example of applying a cycle to determine the enthalpy
of a reaction. Consider the combustion reaction below which forms liquid water.
CH4(g) + 2O2(g) β†’ CO2(g) + 2H2O(l) (16)
This reaction can be thought of as two steps in a cycle. The first reaction being the
combustion reaction forming gaseous water (17) followed by the reaction where
water condenses from the gas phase to the liquid phase. (18)
CH4(g) + 2O2(g) β†’ CO2(g) + 2H2O(g)
Ξ”H = -802.4 kJ/mol (17)
______________2H2O(g) β†’ 2H2O(l) Ξ”H = -88 kJ/mol (18) .
CH4(g) + 2O2(g) β†’ CO2(g) + 2H2O(l) Ξ”H = - 890.4 kJ/mol
We can add the reactions (17) and (18) as shown above by canceling common
molecules and adding the others to produce equation (16) and it’s Ξ”H which by
the result of Ξ”H being a state function is equal to Ξ”H17 + Ξ”H18. The cycle for this
system is demonstrated in the figure below.
Figure 3 Example of Hess Cycle
Standard Enthalpies of Formation As previously mentioned the enthalpy change
that accompanies a reaction can be measured in a calorimeter. In adding, by
applying the additive properties of Ξ”H as shown above, this enthalpy change can
be calculated from a table of the enthalpies of all the reactants and products in a
reaction. The standard enthalpy of reaction for any molecule is written as Δ𝐻𝑓.0 .
The standard enthalpy of any element is defined as 0 for the most common form
of that element at a given temperature. For example, oxygen is a gas at STP
therefore the Δ𝐻𝑓0 of O2 = 0 whereas graphite (C) is the standard state of carbon
at STP therefore Δ𝐻𝑓0 of C(graphite) = 0. The standard states of all the other
molecules are determined using thermodynamic cycles and measured Ξ”H of
various reactions that forms these molecules from the standard state of the
elements of the molecule. Table 1 shows a typical example of various Δ𝐻𝑓0 .
Table 1 Ξ”π‘―πŸŽπ’‡ of some molecules at 25°C
Δ𝐻𝑓0 kJ/mol
Standard energy of a reaction (Ξ”π‘―πŸŽπ’“π’™π’ ) The standard energy of a reaction is
defined by the hypothetical reaction
aA + bB β†’ cC and dD (19)
where a, b, c and d are the coefficients of the reactants (A and B) and the
products (C and D). Ξ”π»π‘Ÿπ‘₯𝑛
is defined by the equation
= c Δ𝐻𝑓0 (C) + dΔ𝐻𝑓0 (𝐷) – a Δ𝐻𝑓0 (A) – bΔ𝐻𝑓0 (B) (20)
In this manner the Ξ”π»π‘Ÿπ‘₯𝑛
of any reaction can be determined by a direct
measurement of the enthalpy or by using data like that described in Table 1 to
calculate the enthalpy.