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### Spontaneity & Equilibrium II

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- Intro
- Transformation under Constant Temperature & Pressure
- Transformation under Constant Temperature & Pressure
- Define: G = U + PV - TS
- Gibbs Energy
- What Does This Say?
- Spontaneous Process & a Decrease in G
- Computing ∆G
- Summary of Conditions
- A Few Words About the Word Spontaneous
- Spontaneous Does Not Mean Fast
- Putting Hydrogen & Oxygen Together in a Flask
- Spontaneous Vs. Not Spontaneous
- Thermodynamically Favorable
- Example: Making a Process Thermodynamically Favorable
- Driving Forces for Spontaneity

- Intro 0:00
- Transformation under Constant Temperature & Pressure 0:08
- Transformation under Constant Temperature & Pressure
- Define: G = U + PV - TS
- Gibbs Energy
- What Does This Say?
- Spontaneous Process & a Decrease in G
- Computing ∆G
- Summary of Conditions 21:32
- Constraint & Condition for Spontaneity
- Constraint & Condition for Equilibrium
- A Few Words About the Word Spontaneous 26:24
- Spontaneous Does Not Mean Fast
- Putting Hydrogen & Oxygen Together in a Flask
- Spontaneous Vs. Not Spontaneous
- Thermodynamically Favorable
- Example: Making a Process Thermodynamically Favorable
- Driving Forces for Spontaneity 31:35
- Equation: ∆G = ∆H - T∆S
- Always Spontaneous Process
- Never Spontaneous Process
- A Process That is Endothermic Can Still be Spontaneous

### Physical Chemistry Online Course

### Transcription: Spontaneity & Equilibrium II

*Hello and welcome back to www.educator.com and welcome back to Physical Chemistry.*0000

*Today, we are going to continue our discussion of spontaneity and equilibrium.*0004

*Let us go ahead and jump right on in.*0008

*In the previous lesson we talked about this general condition of spontaneity and we talked about an isolated system, *0010

*we talked about a system where the temperature is held constant.*0016

*We introduced this thing called the Helmholtz energy.*0020

*Let us talk about conditions under constant temperature and pressure.*0023

*Transformations under constant temperature and pressure, let us go ahead and write that out.*0029

*I will go ahead and work in blue.*0034

*Transformations under constant T and P so conditions of constant temperature and pressure *0042

*are going to be the most important conditions because that is usually how most reactions are run.*0058

*When you are just running a reaction in a room of not covered up in a flask or anything, *0062

*its constant temperature for the most part and constant pressure.*0068

*This is going to be the most applicable situation.*0071

*We have got P external DV = PDV.*0078

*When the pressure is constant we have PDV so I can actually write that as D, I can go ahead and put the V together.*0092

*Again, it is actually if I take some differential change in the pressure × the volume, *0100

*I can pull this pressure out because now we are holding the pressure constant.*0106

*We also have the following, we also had TDS = D of TS.*0111

*We have seen that before.*0117

*Let us go ahead and start our derivation.*0119

*We have - DU our general condition of spontaneity - DW + TDS this could be ≥ 0.*0122

*We have - DU - PDV - DW other + TDS ≥ 0.*0134

*I just express the work as pressure, volume, work and any other kind of work.*0151

*I got -DU - PDV + TDS.*0157

*I’m going to go ahead and move the work over to the other side, DW other.*0167

*This is going to be - DU - D of PV + DTS ≥ the DW of other.*0173

*I'm going to go ahead and factor out the differential operator.*0189

*It is going to be - D U + PV - TS ≥ W other.*0191

*This thing right here U + PV - TS it shows up so much, we give it a special name.*0204

*Define G that gives energy, U + PV – TS.*0213

*If I take the energy of the system, if I add to what the product of its pressure and volume of the system and *0228

*if I subtract from it the product of the temperature and entropy of the system I end up with something called the free energy of the system in that state.*0233

*Free energy is just another composite function.*0242

*Enthalpy was H + PV.*0245

*Helmholtz energy A = U – TS.*0247

*Let us put those together now.*0251

*G I have U + PV - TS it is a composite function.*0252

*U there are different ways of expressing it U + PV - TS that is the definition of the energy.*0259

*However, you know what U + PV is, U+ PV this part = H.*0269

*I can write it as H - TS it is also the same thing.*0275

*Now U - TS = A so I can also write it is A + PV.*0279

*Each of these three but this is the definition.*0291

*This is because H = U + PV and this one is because A = U – TS.*0297

*Like A, G, is called the Gibbs and like A is a state function.*0316

*It is called the Gibbs energy and is a state function.*0324

*It does not depend on the path.*0338

*It is called the Gibbs energy and is a state functions.*0342

*We have - DU + PV - TS ≥ D the work any other work so - DG ≥ work other.*0348

*Or if we integrate we end up with - DG ≥ any other work.*0373

*If I want to express in a different way I can flip the signs and write it this way.*0382

*What does this say?*0390

*These are our equations.*0392

*Spontaneous process, free energy, this is a relationship.*0399

*What does this say?*0404

*Here is what it says, I will write this in blue.*0406

*In given spontaneous process at constant temperature and pressure, the work done above *0421

*and beyond pressure, volume, work ≤ the decrease in Gibbs energy.*0449

*Gibbs energy is referred to as free energy which is also just generally refer to as the free energy.*0494

*In a given spontaneous process, at constant temperature and pressure the work that is done above and *0508

*beyond any pressure volume work that is done is ≤ the decrease in the Gibbs energy for the transformation.*0514

*The Gibbs energy accounts for any pressure, volume, work, that is done.*0528

*It takes care of it.*0532

*The free energy that is available is work, is energy that is available to do any other kind of work if I needed it.*0536

*That is why we call it free energy.*0545

*It is energy that I can use to actually do any kind of work that I want.*0547

*I have to do the work it just means it is there for me to use.*0552

*The decrease in the Gibbs energy is going to be available for work.*0556

*Notice that G = U + PV – TS.*0570

*δ G accounts for any PV work that is done.*0580

*When I say change δ PV it is also again because the pressure is constant, I can write this as P δ V.*0600

*This definition of free energy it accounts for any pressure, volume, work that is done.*0608

*Therefore, the only work left over is other kind of work.*0615

*Therefore, δ G is the maximum, it is the max amount of work, *0624

*I should say the max amount of energy available to do other work that is why we called it free energy.*0641

*It is why the word free is used.*0661

*The δ Q of the system, if there is a decrease in the δ G of the system.*0665

*That δ G already accounts for any pressure, volume, work that is done.*0671

*I have this certain amount let us say that the δ G is -50 kJ.*0677

*The 50 kJ is free and available to do other kinds of work if I need it that is why we call it free energy.*0683

*That is a relationship that exists here.*0693

*The other work that is done is going to be less than or = the change in free energy, *0697

*that is why we call it the maximum amount of work that is available.*0705

*If I have 50 kJ of free energy available I'm probably only to be able to harness 40 kJ of it, I’m going to lose the rest of it the heat.*0708

*It is not going to be the ideal condition that is why we call it the maximum amount of energy that is available to do other work.*0719

*It is the maximal free energy I have under conditions we are not going to be able to achieve that max *0726

*but it is available for us if we need it up to that amount.*0732

*Since we are not concerned with other work, since we are only concerned pressure, volume, work, we said -DG ≥ DW of the other.*0741

*The DW of the other = 0 so we get -DG ≥ 0 or we get - DG ≥ 0 or the one that you are familiar with *0773

*if I multiply both sides by -1 that is the equation we are familiar with.*0787

*Under conditions of constant temperature and pressure, since the definition of the free energy already accounts for the pressure, volume, work, *0794

*and we are not concerned with any other work that is done this is the condition of spontaneity.*0803

*If I have a process and if I can calculate as δ G is less than 0 that is a spontaneous process, it will happen naturally under the right circumstances.*0809

*I do not have to help it along, it is spontaneous.*0819

*If there is a spontaneous process and I know that it is happening without me doing anything, I automatically know that the δ G ≤ 0.*0825

*If I have a way of actually harnessing the δ G, that energy I can use that maximum amount of energy to do some other kind of work.*0839

*I’m going to go back to black.*0854

*Any spontaneous process is accompanied by decrease in G.*0861

*In other words, the δ G for the process is less than 0.*0883

*This amount of energy is free and available to be harnessed if I want it to be harnessed for some kind of work if we wanted.*0892

*You do not have to have it because it is there if we need it.*0931

*As long as the system is in a state such that G can decrease further, spontaneous change will continue to occur.*0939

*Spontaneous change can occur in that direction when G reaches the lowest value that can be for the particular process.*0976

*When G reaches its lowest value DG = 0 the minimum, the maximum, the derivative is 0.*1000

*You remember this from calculus DG = 0 that means we have reached equilibrium.*1019

*DG = 0 if δ G = 0 you are at equilibrium.*1028

*You are not going to move forward or back.*1033

*Most chemical and phased transformations, not all but most of them take place under conditions of constant temperature and pressure.*1044

*Therefore, G and δ G are profoundly important for chemistry.*1084

*If we happen to be doing work where we are holding temperature constant and volume constant, *1104

*the G that gives energy we are going to look at the Helmholtz energy.*1111

*It is just the question of what you are looking at.*1116

*We are concerned with δ G because it is under conditions of constant temperature and pressure and*1118

*already accounts for the pressure, volume, work.*1123

*I want to know what is left over to do real work.*1126

*If we can compute δ G for a given process here is what we get.*1133

*If δ G > 0 the process is spontaneous as written.*1140

*In other words, if I write some reaction from left to right, it will go from left to right.*1149

*If δ G = 0 it is under equilibrium.*1157

*It is not going to go anywhere.*1159

*This is just a review of what you know from General Chemistry.*1163

*If the δ G is greater than 0 then it is spontaneous from right to left as written spontaneous in the reverse direction of what I want.*1165

*Not of what I want but what the δ process is spontaneous and reverse.*1175

*There is nothing strange here.*1183

*We said G = U + PV - TS that means δ G = δ U + P δ V - T δ S.*1185

*The pressure is constant and temperature is constants, I can pull them out of this δ PV and δ TS to become P δ V.*1203

*This is my basic relationship.*1215

*If I know δ U, P δ V and T and δ S, I can calculate δ G.*1221

*Since we have this, we also know that H = U + PV, δ H = δ U + P δ V, δ G = δ H - T δ S.*1229

*This is a very important equation and there are many other ways to derive this equation.*1259

*This just happens to be one of them.*1262

*We talk about isolated conditions, we have talked about constant temperature conditions, *1267

*we need reference to in the last lesson of this thing constant volume sometimes depends if the pressure, volume, work is 0.*1271

*In this particular lesson, we talked about the Gibbs energy under conditions of constant temperature and pressure.*1279

*Let us go ahead and put all this together and see what this looks like.*1285

*I will go ahead and do this and red here.*1294

*Here is what we have, our general condition for spontaneity that is right here.*1297

*This is the general condition for spontaneity.*1304

*-DU + PDV – TDS – DW other > 0.*1308

*This is the general condition of spontaneity, there is no constraint.*1314

*Any spontaneous process has to satisfy this relation.*1318

*I can distribute the negative sign if I want to, it does not matter how you write this.*1325

*I just decided to be nice to see to 0 on the side so you can do - DU - PDV + TDS -DW other > 0.*1329

*Here is what we talked about, we talked about an isolated system.*1341

*For an isolated system, in all these things go to 0 here is our condition for a differential change.*1344

*For a finite change, it is that the change in entropy has to be greater than 0.*1352

*In other words, the entropy have to increase if the system is isolated.*1357

*If we hold temperature constant for any spontaneous process the DA + DW has to be less than 0.*1361

*Or the change in Helmholtz energy + the work that is transferred in the process has to be less than 0.*1371

*If I hold temperature and pressure constant the DG + DW other has to be less than 0.*1379

*In the δ G + W other has to be less than 0.*1389

*If I hold temperature and volume constant and I set work other to 0, if the volume is constant the P δ V is 0.*1395

*W other is 0 that means all this work is 0 and I get just this and this, under conditions of constant temperature and volume *1407

*we are not concerned with any other work of the system may or may not do.*1419

*The Helmholtz energy, the δ A, has to be less than 0 for a spontaneous process.*1424

*The spontaneous process will have a δ A less than 0.*1429

*If I calculate δ A is less than 0, I know that the process is spontaneous.*1432

*It goes both ways.*1437

*Here is the most important one, under conditions of constant temperature and pressure, *1438

*when I'm not concerned with any other type of work that is done the δ G for the process is less than 0.*1442

*If the δ G for process is calculated and found to be less than 0, that process is spontaneous.*1446

*We should not investigate the process further to see if we can harness that energy.*1455

*This is what is important, this last line, this is the one that is important.*1462

*For our purposes this is a summary and here is the general state of equilibrium, no constraints.*1467

*These are the constraints, if I hold T constant and P constant then I do TV constant with W other = 0 *1476

*and I do TP constant with W other = 0.*1481

*These are conditions for spontaneity greater than 0, less than 0.*1486

*For conditions of equilibrium, under conditions of equilibrium this becomes an equal sign =, everything stays the same except now we have = 0.*1496

*Under conditions of constant temperature and pressure, when I'm not concerned with any other work of the system is doing, if the system, *1507

*if the change in free energy of the system is calculated = 0 my system is already in equilibrium.*1516

*There is not much I can do.*1522

*If the system is at equilibrium, I can say unequivocally the δ G = 0 and these are the other situations.*1524

*This is the summary of the conditions.*1534

*As we said earlier, we are not going to be concerned with work other.*1541

*We are going to be concerned only with pressure, volume, and work.*1544

*For the chemist, laboratory conditions are mostly constant temperature and pressure so last line of the table is what concerns us most.*1548

*It is the last line we are concerned with most.*1554

*However, that table covers everything, that is the general condition.*1557

*When we teach thermodynamics in general chemistry, we talk about things generally *1561

*but we are concern ourselves with free energy, the Gibbs free energy.*1566

*It is important to be able to see that there is a general condition for equilibrium that has no constraint.*1571

*When we apply the constraints that is when the different relations fallout.*1578

*Let us say a few words about the word spontaneous.*1586

*Spontaneous does not mean fast.*1590

*Spontaneous just means that once a reaction is set in motion, it will move forward on its own without external help.*1592

*Sometimes we do not have to set in motion.*1601

*Sometimes it set itself in motion.*1603

*In other words, it refers to the extent that a reaction or process wants to happen naturally.*1606

*Spontaneous, natural, real, irreversible, all of these words are going to be used.*1612

*If I put some hydrogen and oxygen together in flask, thermodynamics tells me that the reaction is highly spontaneous, it wants to move forward.*1620

*In other words, if I calculate the δ G of this from a table of thermodynamic data, the δ G is going to be hugely negative.*1628

*However, unless I somehow set the reaction in motion, I will give it a spark, the gases are just going to sit there for millions of years and never react.*1635

*It will never move forward.*1642

*Thermodynamics tells me whether reaction can move forward.*1644

*It says nothing about whether it will or how fast it will.*1648

*The latter question falls in the jurisdiction of kinetics.*1653

*Thermodynamics tells me what is possible not what is going to happen.*1657

*It just tells me that under the right conditions, if I get this reaction going it will happen and I do not have to do anything else.*1661

*It will go on its own.*1667

*It is like pushing the ball down a cliff.*1668

*A ball can sit on top of the thing and sit there, it wants to go down but every once in awhile, *1670

*for certain reactions somebody have to push the ball over so it can start the downhill roll.*1677

*Other times, it will just go downhill.*1683

*But sometimes we need to get it started.*1685

*thermodynamics tells us what can happen.*1687

*It does not tell us how fast or the whether it will happen.*1689

*Thermodynamics tells me that a particular process is spontaneous, *1696

*it may be worth our time to investigate how we can get going or speed it up or whatever else we might want to do.*1700

*Once I know a process is spontaneous which we investigated further, we should harness that, we should exploit it.*1708

*If thermo tells me that a particular process is not spontaneous then nothing we do will make it so.*1715

*Thermo tells us what is possible and what is impossible are not probable, that takes us to the next paragraph.*1720

*As a human race we do not like hearing the word no.*1733

*We do not like hearing the word impossible.*1735

*We have to find a way to make something happen even if we know they cannot happen.*1739

*What if we find a really great process that we absolutely have to have but it is thermodynamic unfavorable, it is not spontaneous.*1742

*We really like this process and we want it to happen, here is what we can do, the answer is very simple.*1752

*You have to find another process that is thermodynamically favorable, that is spontaneous by a greater amount in the process we want is unfavorable *1757

*and you have to find a way to put the two processes together.*1768

*Let us look at an example, the reaction glucose + inorganic phosphate goes to glucose 6 phosphate + H2O.*1773

*This is the first step of glycolysis, the breakdown of sugar that you ingest in order to produce energy.*1784

*We want this reaction to happen, it is very important for it to happen otherwise we would not be alive.*1793

*This is really we want to happen and we want it to happen efficiently.*1798

*The problem is the δ G for this is positive, 13.8 kJ/ mol this is not a spontaneous reaction.*1803

*This is not going to happen no matter what we do.*1809

*However, there is another reaction, the breakdown of ATP the hydrolysis.*1811

*ATP + H2O goes to ADP + π.*1817

*Adenosine triphosphate + water + adenosine triphosphate + inorganic phosphate.*1821

*The δ G for this reaction is -30.5 kJ/ mol that is very spontaneous.*1825

*In fact it is more spontaneous than this is not spontaneous.*1833

*If I can find a way to put these two together, I’m not worried about how.*1837

*If I could add them I get this.*1842

*I end up getting what I want.*1846

*I end up getting glucose going to glucose 6 phosphate, that was my task but I did not do it this way.*1847

*I found another path.*1853

*I was able to cobble these because they share reactants and products in common.*1855

*The coupling process takes place because they actually share reactants and products.*1861

*I can couple these two together.*1865

*I can use the fact that this is highly ex organic.*1867

*It is highly spontaneous by more than this is non spontaneous to create a reaction that does move forward.*1870

*I have been able to convert this to this.*1878

*The coupling of these two reactions happens because they have reactants and products in common.*1880

*Just because a reaction is not spontaneous it does not mean that we cannot do anything with it.*1884

*We just have to find another path.*1889

*I’m going to finish up this lesson by talking about the dragging forces for spontaneity.*1896

*At constant temperature and pressure spontaneous process requires the δ G is less than 0.*1902

*G = H – TS, DG = δ H –δ H.*1907

*This is a profoundly important equation.*1913

*If you have to walk away with one equation to always carry around in your pocket as a scientist this is the equation you want to carry with you.*1916

*We will see this equation again because it tells a lot.*1923

*It says that there are three forces that contribute to making the process spontaneous, the change in enthalpy, *1928

*the change in entropy and the temperature.*1934

*There are three things not just the H and the DS.*1937

*We often think about just the δ H and the δ S because we are holding the temperature constant we often think about temperature *1939

*but the temperature is also important because we do not necessarily have to hold it constant.*1949

*We can change the temperature too.*1953

*The enthalpy change, the entropy change, and the temperature will always spontaneous process *1956

*is one where the δ H negative and the δ S is positive.*1962

*If the enthalpy is negative, if we have an exothermic reaction.*1967

*If the δ S is positive, in other words the entropy actually rises and going from reactive products *1972

*then both terms on the right are negative so δ G is always negative.*1978

*This is always spontaneous.*1983

*Never spontaneous process is when δ H is positive and δ S is negative.*1988

*In this case both of the terms are positive on the right, the δ G is always positive that reaction never spontaneous no matter what you do.*1993

*It is clear from the equation above, let me go ahead and write here.*2002

*δ Chi = δ H - T δ S just look at the equation.*2005

*A decrease in the entropy of the system even if I end up getting a negative entropy, δ S is negative the S – T, *2019

*δ S ends up being a positive term it can still lead to a spontaneous process *2024

*if the δ H is sufficiently negative to offset the positive quantity T δ that arises from the negative entropy change.*2032

*Likewise, a process that is endothermic.*2041

*In other words, if this is positive they can still become spontaneous if the δ S is sufficiently positive.*2044

*If the increase in entropy is so huge that actually allow the term that negative T δ S term to dominate the mathematics and to pull the right side below 0.*2052

*It is all about this equation right here, this is the most important equation for chemist as far as thermodynamics is concerned.*2064

*Thank you so much for joining us here at www.educator.com.*2075

*We will see you next time.*2078

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