January 28, 2015

Homework Help: Chemistry

Posted by Kara on Sunday, March 27, 2011 at 11:45pm.

In the classroom, we reacted
Mg(s) + 2HCl -> MgCl2(aq) + H2 (g)
(0.31 g of Mg(s), and 99.46 g of HCl)
Initial temp. = 22.5 celsius, max. temp. 36.0 celsius


MgO(s) + 2HCl -> MgCl2(aq) + H2(g)
(1.00 g of MgO(s) and 97.71 g of HCl)
Initial temp. 22.0 celsius, max. temp. 28.5 celsius.

Please note that the temperatures were crudely taken, so a wide range of experimental error is likely.

When calculating the deltaH for the first equation, this is what I got

Q=5612.5 J
Q=5.6 kJ

and the second reaction;

Q=2654 J
Q=2.7 kJ

My question is, how do those numbers make any sense? Or am I just confused as to what those numbers represent? Thanks in advance!

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