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Calculation of heat of hydration

  1. Feb 17, 2007 #1
    How do I calcualte the heat of hydration of of copper(II)sulphate knowing that when I dissolve anhydrous copper(II)sulphate temperature changes by 2K and when I dissolve copper(II)sulphate pentahydrate in water temperature decreases by 1K.

    We are told to assume that 1cm cubed of water is equivalent to 1gram.

    The mass of copper(II)sulphate pentahydrate used is 12.5g and the mass of anhydrous copper(II)sulphate is 8.00g

    I need to calculate the heat of hydration from the given data? and I can't do it... so please help people.
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  3. Feb 17, 2007 #2


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    This might give some insight

    http://www.rit.edu/~axlsch/classes/schp445/Hydrate%20lab.pdf [Broken]

    Are all the data provided. I would expect mass of the water is needed.

    The heat given off by hydration raises the temperature of the solution. (mass of the solution * specific heat * temperature change) = heat of hydration (kJ/mol) * no. of moles of salt reacting

    One reaction is exothermic and the other is endothermic

    See also - http://www2.wwnorton.com/college/chemistry/gilbert/concepts/chapter13/ch13_1.htm [Broken]
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  4. Feb 18, 2007 #3


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    Henceforth, please make use of the template, and include your thoughts/attempts at solving the problem.
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