# Understanding H=U+PV

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 P: 22 it was stated on a cambridge notes that, H is a state function. though H depends on U, which is a state function, however P and V also affect the value of H, how can H be a state function?
 Sci Advisor P: 3,593 P and V are also state functions, aren't they?
 P: 22 yes they are, but then why isn't work done a state function?
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Understanding H=U+PV

 Quote by weng cheong yes they are, but then why isn't work done a state function?
I think the introductory paragraph from wikipedia states it pretty well:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Functions_of_state
 Quote by wikipedia In thermodynamics, a state function, function of state, state quantity, or state variable is a property of a system that depends only on the current state of the system, not on the way in which the system acquired that state (independent of path). A state function describes the equilibrium state of a system. For example, internal energy, enthalpy, and entropy are state quantities because they describe quantitatively an equilibrium state of a thermodynamic system, irrespective of how the system arrived in that state. In contrast, mechanical work and heat are process quantities because their values depend on the specific transition (or path) between two equilibrium states. The opposite of a state function is a path function.
 P: 343 The product PV is a state function because it doesn't depend on the path.
 P: 22 I like Serena does it mean that work done is a path function, because for the same value of work done, the might be a lot of combination of pressure and volume values? Timthereaper then why are you saying that PV(the work done) is a state function?
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 Quote by weng cheong I like Serena does it mean that work done is a path function, because for the same value of work done, the might be a lot of combination of pressure and volume values?
It means that you can execute a process doing work, while starting and ending at the same state.

Consider for instance a combustion engine.
It makes the following so called Otto cycle:

During the cycle a number of transitions are made, beginning and ending at the same p-V point, which is the same state.
However, since the path through which work is done, has an enclosed surface, the work done is not zero, but an amount that depends on the path.
 P: 22 alright, then H=U+PV. we know that U is state function while PV is a path function. then how can the sum making H a state function?
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 Quote by weng cheong we know that U is state function while PV is a path function. then how can the sum making H a state function?

PV is itself a state function, not a path one. No matter how a system gets to a particular Pressure and Volume, the value PV will always be the same; it is a function only of the state variables P and V.

In fact, the equation PV = constant is a state equation known a Boyle's Law.
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 Quote by weng cheong alright, then H=U+PV. we know that U is state function while PV is a path function. then how can the sum making H a state function?
 Quote by Jasso PV is itself a state function, not a path one. No matter how a system gets to a particular Pressure and Volume, the value PV will always be the same; it is a function only of the state variables P and V. In fact, the equation PV = constant is a state equation known a Boyle's Law.
Wow! PV is not a function, and actually it should be pV (pressure is usually denoted using the lower case letter p).
It is simply p times V, pressure times volume, which are both state variables.

And yes, pV = constant is Boyle's law, but that law is only a special case of the ideal gas law, and assumes temperature is constant.
In other words, in general pV is not constant.

Furthermore pV is not the work done.
 P: 84 pV = RT is a state equation known as boyle's law.hence, pV must be a state function and so (U+pV) is a state function on account of being the sum of 2 state functions or variables.
 P: 84 refer hess,s theorem on constant heat summation. enthalpy or H can be calculated using this law for any chemical equation depicting that H does not depend on how many intermediate equations were considered to obtain the result. 2C +H2>C2H2 ; H=a(say) C2H4 + H2>C2H4 ; H=B(say) then 2C+2H2>C2H4 ; H=a+b. even if it is independent of the prev. 2 steps" simply, 2H+2H2>C2H4 ; H=a+b so the eqn. as well as the enthalpy,H is independent of the path taken.It is a state function.
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 Quote by anigeo pV = RT is a state equation known as boyle's law.hence, pV must be a state function and so (U+pV) is a state function on account of being the sum of 2 state functions or variables.
Again, you cannot use Boyle's law in general, but since you do not use it in your argument, the conclusion is correct. ;)
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 Quote by I like Serena Wow! PV is not a function, and actually it should be pV (pressure is usually denoted using the lower case letter p).
I suggest you take that up with my Thermodynamics textbook, and wikipedia for that matter. They both state that PV is a state function. The textbook was Carter's “Classical and Statistical Thermodynamics” 2nd edition.

And as far as p versus P, the textbook I used had used P for pressure. However, I have seen various other textbooks use one or the other.
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 Quote by Jasso I suggest you take that up with my Thermodynamics textbook, and wikipedia for that matter. They both state that PV is a state function. The textbook was Carter's “Classical and Statistical Thermodynamics” 2nd edition. And as far as p versus P, the textbook I used had used P for pressure. However, I have seen various other textbooks use one or the other.
All right. I concede!
I see indeed that P is also used for pressure and that PV is referred to as a state function.
Note that PV is still simply P times V, which are both state variables.
 P: 5,462 As a mathematician, ILS may have been thinking of composition of functions when discussing PV. However there is no reason why the composite function (PV) could not be considered as a (state) function in its own right. For instance the function 'work' is also known as Fd. go well
 P: 84 Mathematically, you could think a state function as resultant of a exact differential, i.e., the integral form of your function is dependent only on the final and initial states.
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 Quote by weng cheong Timthereaper then why are you saying that PV(the work done) is a state function?
Work done is not PV, it is PdV

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