# Ochem energy calculation - correct answer?

1. May 21, 2006

### tandoorichicken

I think the solution manual is wrong for this problem.

The problem:
The naturally occurring sugar glucose exists in two isomeric cyclic forms. These are called [alpha] and [beta], and at equilibrium they are present in a ratio of approximately 64:36. Calculate the free energy difference that corresponds to this equilibrium ratio.

I basically used the free energy equation
$$\Delta G° = -RT \ln{K_{eq}}$$.

I used a value of 0.001986 for R and 298K for T (I assumed STP) and got a value of -0.34 kcal/mol for DG. The solution manual lists a value of -0.81 in kcal/mol.

2. May 21, 2006

### Bystander

Looks about right --- the idiot doing the solution may have taken a natural log and multiplied it by 2.303 rather than realizing that's a hangover from the old days of decimal logs from slide rules.