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For a reaction to be spontaneous at all temperatures: A only Δ H should be negative B only Δ G should be positive C Δ H and Δ G should be positive D Δ H and Δ G should be negative

For a reaction to be spontaneous at all temperatures:


only ΔH should be negative


only ΔG should be positive


ΔH and ΔG should be positive


ΔH and ΔG should be negative



1 Answers

Mayank Ranka
askIITians Faculty 214 Points
10 months ago
Dear student,

ΔH and ΔG should be negative.

For a process that occurs at constant temperature and pressure, spontaneity can be determined using the change in Gibbs free energy, which is given by:
where the sign of ΔG depends on the signs of the changes in enthalpy (ΔH) and entropy (ΔS), as well as on the absolute temperature (T). The sign of ΔG will change from positive to negative (or vice versa) where T=ΔSΔH.
In cases where ΔG is:
  • negative, the process is spontaneous and may proceed in the forward direction as written.
  • positive, the process is non-spontaneous as written, but it may proceed spontaneously in the reverse direction.
  • zero, the process is at equilibrium, with no net change taking place over time.

This set of rules can be used to determine four distinct cases by examining the signs of the ΔS and ΔH.
When ΔS > 0 and ΔH
When ΔS 0, the process is never spontaneous, but the reverse process is always spontaneous.
When ΔS > 0 and ΔH > 0, the process will be spontaneous at high temperatures and non-spontaneous at low temperatures.
When ΔS
For the latter two cases, the temperature at which the spontaneity changes will be determined by the relative magnitudes of ΔS and ΔH.

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