# Chemistry

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"Given that the bond enthalpy of the carbon-oxygen bonds in carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide are 1073 kJ/mol and 743 kJ/mol respectively, and that of the bond in the oxygen molecule is 496 kJ/mol, calculate the enthalpy change for the combustion of 1 mole of carbon monoxide."

So I have:

2CO2(g) + O2 (g) -> 2CO2(g)

Delta H = (2 mol)(1073 kJ/mol) + (1 mol)(496 kJ/mol)-[(4 mol)(743 kJ/mol)]

Delta H = -330 kJ/mol

But I know that that is not right. It's part of the correct process...what am I missing?

• Chemistry -

It looks ok to me except (4 mol)(743 kJ/mol) should be (2 mol)(743 kJ/mol)

• Chemistry -

Really? I'm pretty sure part of the process lead to the value -330 kJ/mol...

We're looking for 1 mole of carbon monoxide...is the value we've calculated for 2 moles?

• Chemistry -

Hm...if I use (2 mol)(743 kJ/mol), I end up with a positive delta H, which doesn't make sense (combustion -> exothermic).

• Chemistry -

yeah that's right now all you need to do is divide it by 2 because the question says enthalpy change for the combustion of 1 mole of carbon monoxide.