Problem: Use standard enthalpies of formation to calculate ΔH˚rxn for the following reaction: C2H4(g) + H2(g) → C2H6(g){ m{C}}_2 { m{H}}_4 (g); + ;{ m{H}}_2 (g); ightarrow ;{ m{C}}_2 { m{H}}_6 (g)

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We are asked to calculate ΔH˚rxn for the following reaction: C2H4(g) + H2(g) → C2H6(g).


The balanced reaction is: 

C2H4(g) + H2(g) → C2H6(g).


ΔH°rxn=ΔH°f, prod-ΔH°f, react


Note that we need to multiply each ΔH˚f by the stoichiometric coefficient since ΔH˚f is in kJ/mol. 

Also, note that ΔH˚f for elements in their standard state is 0.


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Use standard enthalpies of formation to calculate ΔH˚rxn for the following reaction: C2H4(g) + H2(g) → C2H6(g)

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