Hess Law Essay

Length: 316 words

Work to be done:Find enthalpy change by measuring temperature change of a reaction.
Chemicals and apparatus:
Thermometer
Scale
Isolator
NaOH, solid
NaOH, 0.50M solution
Acetic acid, 0.50M and 0.25M

Lab:

Reaction 1)
The temperature of 200ml water that I poured into the isolator was 23.0C. To that I added 1.97g solid NaOH and let the reaction take place. After a while I measured the temperature to 24.9C  rT = 1.9C. The number of mole NaOH is 1.97 / 40 = 0.049 mol.

Reaction 2)
In this experiment I used 100ml 0.50M acetic acid, and to that I added 100ml 0.50M liquid NaOH. The temperature of the acetic acid was 23C and the temperature of the NaOH was 22C. So the average, and the number I use will be 22.5C. After the reaction the temperature of the solution was 25C, so rT = 2.5C. The number of mole NaOH is 0.50 * .100 = 0.050 mol.

Reaction 3)
In the third reaction I used 200ml 0.25M acetic acid with a temperature of 22.5C, that I added to 2.00g NaOH. The temperature after the reaction was 27C, so rT = 4.5C. And the number of mole NaOH

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in the reaction was 2.00 / 40 = 0.05 mol.

The same amount NaOH has been used in all three reactions, and the same amount of liquid also, 200ml. In reaction two and three is also the amount acetic acid the same.I can now calculate the enthalpy changes in each case:

H = c m T, and since the same mass has been used, and since I can use the same c in all three cases H = 0.84 T (c = 4.2, m = 0.200g)
rH1 = 1.596
rH2 = 2.1
rH3 = 3.78

According to Hess Law you should be able to calculate the enthalpy change for a reaction which is the sum of two (or more) reactions with known enthalpy change, so:NaOH(s)  NaOH(aq) (1)
NaOH(aq) + HCl  NaCl + H2O (2)
NaOH(s) + HCl  NaCl + H2O (3)
(3) – (2) = (1)
and we can also see that rH3 – rH2  rH1

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