Problem: Calculate the approximate enthalpy change, ΔH°, for the combustion of methane: CH4 + 2O2 ⇌ 2H2O + CO2 Use the values you calculated in Parts A to D, keeping in mind the stoichiometric coefficients.Express your answer to three significant figures and include the appropriate units.

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We’re being asked to determine the standard enthalpy change (ΔH˚rxn) for the balanced reaction:

CH+ 2O2 2H2O + CO2

Recall that ΔH˚rxn can be calculated from the enthalpy of formation (ΔH˚f) of the reactants and products involved:

H°rxn=H°f,products-H°f,reactants


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Calculate the approximate enthalpy change, ΔH°, for the combustion of methane: 

CH+ 2O2 ⇌ 2H2O + CO2 

Use the values you calculated in Parts A to D, keeping in mind the stoichiometric coefficients.

Express your answer to three significant figures and include the appropriate units.

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