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Homework Help: Calorimetry & Enthalpy

  1. Mar 16, 2009 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    For the reaction 2H2O(l) -> 2H2(g)+O2(g) delta H = +571.5 kJ

    If the reaction is carried out in an insulated chamber what effect would the reaction have on the temperature in the chamber? Why?

    The attempt at a solution
    I can't seem to get my head around this one. I know the sign on the enthalpy change is from the point of view of the system...but what really qualifies as the system and the surroundings if there is no real boundary between them?
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  3. Mar 16, 2009 #2
    Wait...if I look at the equation
    delta H=-CdeltaT

    In order for delta H to be positive wouldn't temperature change have to be negative?
  4. Mar 16, 2009 #3


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    A positive ΔH indicates that the reaction is endothermic; the reaction requires the absorption of heat in order to proceed. So, you are correct. The temperature will decrease because the reaction absorbs heat from its surroundings.
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