# Chemical potential of water using the Van der Waals model

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In summary, the homework statement states that Homework Equations must be used to calculate the chemical potential of water as a function of temperature and volume. The attempted solution does not understand how to do this and needs help. To solve this problem, the student needs to go back to their textbook and find out how to calculate the change in free energy with temperature at constant pressure. Next, the student needs to integrate this equation to get the Gibbs free energy as a function of temperature at constant pressure in the ideal gas region.
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## Homework Statement

Obtain the chemical potential of water as a function of temperature and volume using the Van der Waals model.

μ=∂U∂N

## The Attempt at a Solution

I don't really understand how to do this at all. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

For a pure substance, how is the chemical potential related to the gibbs free energy per mole?

Chet

By this relationship: $$\mu= \frac{G}{n}$$

It's me said:
By this relationship: $$\mu= \frac{G}{n}$$
So, if you could calculate the gibbs free energy per mole as a function of temperature and volume for a van der walls gas, you would have your answer. Suppose you took the starting state of g = 0 as water vapor at 25 C and the corresponding equilibrium vapor pressure (i.e., in the ideal gas region). Could you determine g at the same pressure and a higher temperature T (i.e., within the ideal gas region)?

Chet

I'm sorry I don't understand how I could determine that.

It's me said:
I'm sorry I don't understand how I could determine that.
Well, you need to go back to your textbook and find out how to determine that change in free energy with temperature at constant pressure.

Chet

It is this relation? $$dG=-SdT+\mu dn$$

It's me said:
It is this relation? $$dG=-SdT+\mu dn$$
No. The number of moles should also be held constant.

Chet

Can you express S as a function of G, H, and T? If so, substitute it into your equation for dG.

Chet

$$G=H-ST$$ $$S=\frac{H-G}{T}$$ $$dG=-SdT$$ $$\rightarrow dG=-(\frac{H-G}{T})dT$$

It's me said:
$$G=H-ST$$ $$S=\frac{H-G}{T}$$ $$dG=-SdT$$ $$\rightarrow dG=-(\frac{H-G}{T})dT$$
Good. So, if we rearrange this, we get:
$$\frac{d(G/T)}{dT}=-\frac{H}{T^2}$$
Do you know how to get H as a function of T for a gas in the ideal gas region? Once you know that, you can integrate this equation to get G as a function of T at constant (low) pressure in the ideal gas region. Can you figure out what to do next?

Chet

## 1. What is the Van der Waals model and how does it relate to the chemical potential of water?

The Van der Waals model is a mathematical model used to describe the behavior of real gases. It takes into account the attractive forces between gas molecules and the volume occupied by the molecules. The chemical potential of water is a measure of the potential energy of water molecules in a system. The Van der Waals model can be used to calculate the chemical potential of water by accounting for the interactions between water molecules and the volume occupied by water in a given system.

## 2. How does temperature affect the chemical potential of water using the Van der Waals model?

The temperature of a system can affect the chemical potential of water by altering the volume occupied by water molecules. At higher temperatures, the molecules have more kinetic energy and therefore take up more space, resulting in a lower chemical potential. Conversely, at lower temperatures, the molecules have less kinetic energy and take up less space, resulting in a higher chemical potential.

## 3. How does pressure affect the chemical potential of water using the Van der Waals model?

Similar to temperature, pressure also affects the volume occupied by water molecules and thus the chemical potential. At higher pressures, the molecules are pushed closer together, resulting in a smaller volume and a higher chemical potential. At lower pressures, the molecules are further apart, resulting in a larger volume and a lower chemical potential.

## 4. What is the significance of the critical point in the Van der Waals model when calculating the chemical potential of water?

The critical point is the temperature and pressure at which a substance exists in both its liquid and gas phases simultaneously. In the Van der Waals model, the critical point is where the attractive and repulsive forces between molecules are equal, resulting in a stable system. When calculating the chemical potential of water using this model, the critical point is important as it marks the transition between the two phases and can greatly affect the behavior of the system.

## 5. How accurate is the Van der Waals model in predicting the chemical potential of water?

The Van der Waals model is a simplified model and does not account for all the factors that can affect the chemical potential of water. It assumes that water molecules are spherical and do not interact with other molecules in the system. Therefore, it may not accurately predict the behavior of water in complex systems. However, it is a useful tool for understanding the general behavior of water and can provide valuable insights into the chemical potential of water in simpler systems.

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