BIOS Instant Notes in Physical Chemistry by Gavin Whittaker, Andy Mount, Matthew Heal

By Gavin Whittaker, Andy Mount, Matthew Heal

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An increase in the enthalpy of a system leads to an increase in its temperature (and υice υersa), and is referred to as an endothermic process. Loss of heat from a system lowers its temperature and is referred to as an exothermic process. The sign of ∆H indicates whether heat is lost or gained. For an exothermic process, where heat is lost from the system, ∆H has a negative value. Conversely, for an endothermic process in which heat is gained by the system, ∆H is positive. This is summarized in Table 1.

However, there are limitations to the practical scope of thermodynamics which should be borne in mind. Consideration of the energetics of a reaction is only one part of the story. Although hydrogen and oxygen will react to release a great deal of energy under the correct conditions, both gases can coexist indefinitely without reaction. Thermodynamics determines the potential for chemical change, not the rate of chemical change—that is the domain of chemical kinetics (see Topics F1 to F6). Furthermore, because it is such a common (and confusing) misconception that the potential for change depends upon the release of energy, it should also be noted that it is not energy, but entropy which is the final arbiter of chemical change (see Topic B5).

The effect is to dissolve the grease in the water, and is the reason for the cleaning properties of detergents and soaps. Liquids 21 Liquid crystals A material may melt from the crystalline state (see Topic A5) into a superficially liquid state, and yet retain most of the short-range order, and some of the long-range order so that it cannot be considered to be a true liquid. Such materials are neither wholly solid nor wholly liquid, and are termed liquid crystals. Liquid crystals tend to be formed from molecules which are highly anisotropic, with rod, disk, or other similar shapes.

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