Cracking the AP Chemistry Exam

Part IV

Content Review for the AP Chemistry Exam

Chapter 7

Big Idea #5: Laws of Thermodynamics and Changes in Matter


The standard free energy change, ∆G, for a reaction can be calculated from the standard free energies of formation, G°f, of its products and reactants in the same way that ∆S° was calculated.

G° = Σ∆G°f products − Σ∆G°f reactants

For a given reaction

·        if ∆G is negative, the reaction is thermodynamically favored

·        if ∆G is positive, the reaction is thermodynamically unfavored

·        if ∆G = 0, the reaction is at equilibrium