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Enthalpy of neutralisation

  1. May 24, 2014 #1
    why enthalpy of neutralisation of HF is greater than 68KJ.

    MY attempt

    Enthalpy of neutralisation= Enthalpy of Ionisation + Δ(H+ + OH-)

    Now,For very strong acid, enthalpy of Ionisation = 0,

    Hence enthalpy of neutralisation= (H+ + OH-)= -13.7KCal

    for weak acid, enthalpy of ionisation is always > 0

    ∴, enthalpy of neutralisation should always be less than 13.7 (57 KJ).

    Please explain
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  3. May 24, 2014 #2
    HF + OH- = F- + H2O

    Enthalpy of this reaction = Enthalpy of neutralization of HF = Enthalpy of products - Enthalpy of reactants
    which comes out to be greater than 68kJ. So, here evidently the enthalpy of of ionization of HF is EXOTHERMIC.

    Hope this helps! :)
  4. May 24, 2014 #3


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    That's not true.

    Just because the acid dissociated long ago and the solution temperature got in equilibrium with the surroundings, doesn't mean enthalpy of ionization was zero.
  5. May 25, 2014 #4
    thanks adithyan for ur help
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