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Concept: Enthalpies of Formation
The enthalpy change for a mole of a substance that combines with oxygen under standard conditions of 1 bar and 298 K is known as the standard enthalpy of combustion. The enthalpy of formation can be found using the equation: ΔHfº = ΔHproducts - ΔHreactants
Palmitic acid (C16H32O2) is a dietary fat found in beef and butter. The caloric content of palmitic acid is typical of fats in general. Calculate the standard enthalpy of combustion for palmitic acid. The standard enthalpy of formation of palmitic acid –208kJ/mol.