- #1

- 1

- 0

## Main Question or Discussion Point

In my chemistry class today we began covering the idea of Hess's law. That is, Enthalpy change is a state function that is independent of the path taken. We worked some example problems using several intermediate chemical equations to arrive at a system that expressed the overall enthalpy change. During these examples the equations were manipulated akin to matrix style mathematics. I was wondering if there is some connection and if so what is its process. I learned that enthalpy is a state function and thus can be express as an integral. My knowledge of Integrals is limited, we just started talking about them in Calculus last week. However, I was wondering if there was any link or established mathematical process which can be used to work problems using Hess's law. This question is more out of personal interest than a class requirement, I simply love making connections between mathematics an other fields of science.

Also, I was unsure if this should be posted in the mathematics forum or not. Apologies in advance if this post is misplaced.

Also, I was unsure if this should be posted in the mathematics forum or not. Apologies in advance if this post is misplaced.