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Posted by ChemLover on Wednesday, June 8, 2011 at 10:40pm.

Is the following reaction spontaneous at 25*C?
delta s reaction = -217 J/K*mol
delta H rxn = -1202 KJ

2Mg (s) + O2 (g) -> 2MgO (s)

delta suniverse = delta s system - delta H system / T

i got positive (+) 3.81 x 10 ^ 3 J/K

and my notes says it is spontaneous but i feel like it is non spontaneous

because when delta g is negative and delta h is < tdeltas it should be spontaneous & the opposite of that makes it non spon for an endothermic reaction....i hope this makes sense


my question is why is it spontaneous? thank you in advance

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