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Calculating lattice energy on ionic compound

  1. Jan 21, 2013 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    Given the following thermodynamic data, calculate the lattice energy of CaBr2(s) caculate the lattice enegy:

    (A) Δ°Hf CaBr2(s) = -675 kJ/mol
    (B) Δ°Hf Ca(g) = 179 kJ/mol
    (C) Δ°Hf Br(g) = 112 kJ/mol
    (D) 1st ionization energy of Ca = 590 kJ/mol
    (E) 2nd ionization energy of Ca = 1145 kJ/mol
    (F) Electron affinity of Br = -325 kJ/mol

    2. Relevant equations

    Heats of Formation + ionization energies + electron affinity - lattice energy = heat of formation

    3. The attempt at a solution

    (B) + (C) + (D) + (E) + (F) + Lattice Energy = -675

    solving for lattice energy:

    [179 + 112 + 590 + 1145 + -325] + Lattice Energy = -675

    Lattice energy = -675 - 1701

    Lattice energy = -2376 kJ/mol

    I think I am going wrong with something in the calculations of the energy bromine contributes to the equation. I know bromine is diatomic but I'm not sure how to incorporate that into the equation. I don't want you to give me the answer because I really want to be able to do this on my own but anything you can point out that can get me in the right direction are appreciated.
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  3. Jan 22, 2013 #2


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    You are not following stoichiometry - you need to deal with two Br atoms all the time. 112 kJ/mol for Δ°Hf Br(g) is a dissociation enthalpy - but it produces just one Br atom, and you need two.

    It should became obvious if you will try to write a "reaction equation" - after all, Hess law is just a way of dealing with the energy conservation. Mass conservation and charge conservation are used to balance reaction equation, same thinking can be applied to the energy conservation.
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