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What is enthalpy change, ΔH?

The heat energy transferred in a reaction at constant pressure

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What are the units of ΔH (enthalpy change)?

kj mol^-1

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What are standard conditions?

100kPa (1 atm) pressure and a temperature of 298K (25°C)

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What is standard state?

A substance's physical state in standard conditions

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What are the conditions needed to measure standard enthalpy changes?

Standard state and standard conditions (as enthalpy change is affected by temperature and pressure)

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What is standard enthalpy change of reaction?

The enthalpy change when a reaction occurs in the molar quantities shown in the chemical equation, under standard conditions with all reactants and products in their standard states

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What is standard enthalpy change of formation?

The enthalpy change when 1 mole of a compound is formed from its elements in their standard states under standard conditions

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What is standard enthalpy of combustion?

The enthalpy change when 1 mole of a substance is completely burned in oxygen under standard conditions with all reactants and products in standard states

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What is standard enthalpy of neutralisation?

The enthalpy change when solutions of an acid and an alkali react together to form 1 mole of water under standard conditions

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What are exothermic reactions?

Reactions that give out energy to the environment

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Describe exothermic reactions in terms of energy of products and reactants

The products have less energy than the reactants (as energy is released to the environment)

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Will ΔH be +ve or -ve for exothermic reactions?

-ve

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Will ΔH be +ve or -ve for endothermic reactions?

+ve

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Give an example of an exothermic reaction?

Combustion

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What are endothermic reactions?

Reactions that take in energy from their surroundings

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Describe endothermic reactions in terms of energy of products and reactants

Products have more energy than reactants

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Give an example of an endothermic reaction?

Thermal Decomposition

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What is an enthalpy profile diagram?

A graph showing how the enthalpy changes during a reaction

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What is the activation energy?

The minimum amount of energy needed to begin breaking reactant bonds and start a chemical reaction

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What is the activation energy shown by in enthalpy profile diagrams?

The difference between the highest point on the graph and the reactants

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When is a substance most stable, in terms of energy?

When it's lost all its internal energy

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Lower positions on an enthalpy profile diagram will be...

… more stable than higher positions

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What is bond enthalpy?

The energy required to break a bond between 2 atoms

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What is average bond enthalpy?

The energy needed to break one mole of a bond in the gas phase, averaged over the different compounds that the bond is found in

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Is bond breaking endothermic or exothermic?

Endothermic, because it needs energy to break the bonds

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Is bond forming endothermic or exothermic?

Exothermic, as it releases energy

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Stronger bonds release..... energy when they are formed

More

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Stronger bonds take..... energy to breaks

More

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What equation links enthalpy change of reaction, total energy absorbed and total energy released?

Enthalpy change of reaction = Total energy absorbed - Total energy released

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When measuring enthalpy changes in the lab, why do you use a polystyrene cup?

It's an insulator, so that you don't lose or gain much heat through the sides